Excerpt from A Legacy, Vol. 1 of 2: Being the Life and Remains of John Martin, Schoolmater and Poet
But Azrael pitied such sublime dismay, And led him onward by another way.
I begin my task with his legacy before me. It consists of worn old copy-books filled with early schoolboy poems mss. Of later date, carefully copied out or arranged, with brief annotations in a different and feebler hand, there being, alas I no time left for more; two large note-books, or journals kept faithfully to the last with a rare neatness and accuracy, and in a quaint bold handwriting. Suddenly it fails a little, there is a pause of severe illness, and then an abrupt ending with the touching words, Patience, patience.
This is all: except the pencil sketch, an engraving of which faces this volume, the only portrait of him extant, done by a friend not long before he died.
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