Saturday, October 06, 2012
A good classical library was also available in the college; and an old-fashioned town library allowed him to take home the precious volumes of Migne's Patrologia needed for the study of the Fathers which became his leisure reading.Matthew Arnold, "Pagan and Mediaeval Religious Sentiment," in his Essays in Criticism (Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1887), vol. II, pp. 7-45 (at 11):
People talk of this or that work which they would choose, if they were to pass their life with only one; for my part I think I would choose the Abbé Migne's collection.
Hat tip: Ian Jackson.