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to disgrace his name with a poore soluble, if wee were knitt together monument! but when I have be. by one spiritt into one body of forehand lay'd this necessary cau- Christ, wee are so still, if wee were tion, and ingenuously confess’d that mutually united in one love of God, through my inabillity either to re- good men, and goodnesse, wee are ceive or administer much of that so still ; what is it then we waile ia wealthy stock of his glory that I his remoove ? the distance ? faith. was entrusted with for the benefitt lesse fooles ! sorrow only makes of all, and particularly his owne it; let us but ascend to God in posterity, I must withold a greate holy ioy for the greate grace given part from them, I hope I shall be his poore servant,and he is there with pardon'd for drawing an imperfect us. He is only remoov'd from the image of him, especially when even mallice of his enemies, for which the rudest draught that endeavours wee should not expresse love to hián to counterfeit him, will have much in being aflicted, wee may mourne delightfull lovelienesse in it.
for ourselves that wee com
so tar. " Let not excesse of love and de- dily after him, that, wee want his light in the streame make us forgett guide and assistance in our way, and the fountaine, he and all his excel. yet if our teares did not putt out lencies came from God, and flow'd our eies wee should see him even in back into their owne spring; there heaven, holding forth his flaming lett us seeke them, thither lett us lamp of vertuous examples and prehasten after him; there having cepts to light us through the darke found him, lett us cease to bewaile
world. It is time that I lett in to among the dead that which is risen, your knowledge
your knowledge that splendour or rather was immortall ; his soule which while it cheares and enligh. converst with God so much when he tens your heavy senses, let us rewas here, that it reioyces to be now member to give all his and all our eternally freed from interruption in glorie to God alone, who is the that blessed exercise
his vertues father and fountaine of all light and were recorded in heaven's annalls, excellence. and can never perish, by them he Desiring, if
treacherous yett 'teaches us and all those to memory have not lost the dearest whose knowledge they shall arrive : treasure that ever I committed to its 'tis only his fetters, his sins, his in. trust, to relate to you his holy, '
, firmities, his diseases, that are dead vertuous, honorable life, I would never to revive againe, nor would put his picture in the front of his wee have them ; they were his ene. booke,* but my unskillfull hand will mies and ours; by faith in Christ he iniure him. Yet to such of you as vanquisht them : our coniunction, have not seene him to remember his if wee had any with him, was undis
person, I leave this
* The editor is happy to have it in his power to do this in a manner that will be gratifying to the lovers of the arts, The original pictures of Mr. and Mrs. flutchinson, with their two children,
were found by him in their house at Owthorpe, and are now deposited, along with the manuscript, at Messrs.' Longman's and
a manner as
eare and judgement in other mu.
sick, he shott excellently in bowes « He was of a middle stature, of and gunns, and much us'd them -a slender and exactly well-propor- for his exercise, he had greate tion'd shape in all parts, his com. iudgment in paintings,* graving, plexion fair, his hayre of a light sculpture, and all liberal arts, and browne, very thick'sett in his youth, had many curiosities of vallue in all softer then me finest silke, curling kinds, he tooke greate delight in into loose greate rings att the ends, perspective glasses, and for his his eies of a lively grey, well-shaped other rarities was not so much afand full of life and vigour, graced fected with the antiquity as the with many becoming motions, his, merit of the worke-he tooke visage thinne, his mouth well made, much pleasure in emproovement of and his lipps very ruddy and grace. grounds, in planting groves and full, allthough the nether chap shut walkes, and fruite-trees, in open. over the upper, yett it was in such ing springs and making fish-ponds; +
was not unbecoming, of country recreations, he lov'd his teeth were even and white as the none hut hawking, and in that was purest ivory, his chin was some- very eager and much delighted for thing long, and the mold of his face, the time he us'd it, but soone left it his forehead was not very high, his of; he was wonderful ncate, clean. nose was rays'd and sharpe, but ly and gentile in his habitt, and had withall he had a most amiable coun. a very good fancy in it, but he left tenance, which carried in it some off very carly the wearing of aniething of magnanimity and maiesty thing that was costly, yett in his mixt with sweetenesse, that at the plainest negligent habitt appear'd same time bespoke love and awe in very much a gentleman ; he had all that saw him ; his skin was more addresse than force of body, smooth and white, his legs and yet the courage of his soule so supfecte excellently well made, he plied his members that he never was quick in his pace and turnes, wanted strength when he found nimble and active and gracefull in occasion to employ it; his converall his motions, he was apt for sation was very pleasant for he was any bodily exercise, and any that naturally chearfull, had a ready he did became him, he could witt and apprehension; he was ea. dance admirably well, but neither ger in every thing he did, earnest in in youth nor riper yeares made dispute, but withall very rationall, any practise of it, he had skill so that he was seldome overcome, in fencing such as became a gen- every thing that it was necessary for tleman, he had a greate love to him to doe he did with delight, free musick, and often diverted him. and unconstrein'd, he hated ceriselfe with a violl, on which he monious complement, but yett had play'd masterly, he had an exact a naturall civility and complaisance
* There remained some few of these at Owthorpe unspoiled, but many were spoiled by neglect, at the death of the last possessor.
+ Many traces of his taste, judgment and industry, in each of these, were to be seen at the distance of 140 years.
to all people, he was of a tender himselfe, but his invention was so constitution, but through the vivaci. ready and wisedome so habituall in ty of his spiritt could undergo la. all his speeches, that he never had bours, watchings and iourneyes, as reason to repent himselfe of speak. well as any of stronger composi- ing at any time without ranking the tions ; he was rheumatick, and had words beforehand, he was not talk
; a long sicknesse and distem per oc. ative yett free of discourse, of a very casion’d thereby two or three yeares spare diett, not much given to sleepe, after the warre ended, but elce for an early riser when in health, he the latter halfe of his life was heal. never was at any time idle, and hat. thy tho' tender, in his youth, and ed to see any one elce soe, in all his childhood he was sickly, much naturall and ordinary inclinations troubled with weaknesse and tooth and composure, there akes, but then his spiritts carried thing extraordinary and tending to him through them ; he was very vertue, beyond what I can describe, patient under sickoesse or payne or or can be gather'd from a bare dead any common accidints, but yet description ; there was a life of apon occasions, though never with spiritt and power in him that is not out iust ones, he would be very an. to be found in any copie drawne grie, and had even in that such a from him : to summe up therefore grace as made him to be fear'd, yet all that can be sayd of his outward he was never outragions in pas. frame and disposition wee must truly sion ; he had a very good facultie conclude, that it was a very hand.
; in perswading, and would
speake some and well furnisht lodging prevery well pertinently and effectual. pard for the reception of that ly without premeditation upon the prince, who in the administration 'greatest occasions that could be of. of all excellent vertues reign’d there fer'd, for indced his judgment was awhile, till be was called back to so nice, that he could never frame the pallace of the universall emany speech beforehand to please peror.*
Is not here Plato's system pourtray'd in language worthy of that sublime and. eloquent philosopher?
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