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With all his convent, honourably receiv'd him ;
To whom he gave these words," 0, father abbot,
An old man, broken with the storms of state,
Is come to lay his weary bones among ye ;
Give him a little earth for charity!".
So went to bed: where eagerly his sickness
Pursued him still ; and, three nights after this,
About the hour of eight, (which he himself
Foretold should be his last,) full of repentance,
Continual meditations, tears, and sorrows,
He gave his honours to the world again,
His blessed part to Heaven, and slept in peace.
Kath. So may he rest ; his faults lie gently on him!
Yet thus far, Griffith, give me leave to speak him,
And yet with charity :-He was a man
Of an unbounded stomach, ever ranking
Himself with princes; one, that by suggestion
Tied1 all the kingdom: simony was fair play ;
His own opinion was his law : l' the presence
He would say untruths; and be ever double,
Both in his words and meaning : He was never,
But where he meant to ruin, pitiful :
His promises were, as he then was, mighty ;
But his performance, as he is now, nothing.
Of his own body he was ill, and gave
The clergy ill example.
Men's evil manners live in brass ; their virtues
We write in water. May it please your highness
To hear me speak his good now?
Yes, good Griffith ;
I were malicious else.
This cardinal, Though from an humble stock, undoubtedly Was fashion'd to much honour from his cradle. He was a scholar and a ripe and good one ; Exceeding wise, fair spoken, and persuading : Lofty, and sour, to them that lov'd him not ; But, to those men that sought him, sweet as summer.
And though he were unsatisfied in getting,
(Which was a sin,) yet in bestowing, madam,
He was most princely: Ever witness for him,
Those twins of learning, that he rais'd in you,
Ipswich, and Oxford ! one of which fell with him,
Unwilling to outlive the good that did it;
The other, though unfinish'd, yet so famous,
So excellent in art, and still so rising,
That Christendom shall ever speak his virtue.
His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him ;
For then, and not till then, he felt himself,
And found the blessedness of being little :
And, to add greater honours to his age
Than man could give him, he died fearing God.
Kath. After my death I wish no other herald,
No other speaker of my living actions,
To keep mine honour from corruption,
But such an honest chronicler as Griffith.
Whom I most hated living, thou hast made me,
With thy religious truth, and modesty,
Now in his ashes honour: Peace be with him !
1. When and where was Wolsey born ? 7. What was the cause of his disgrace 2. What was his tather ?
by Henry VIII.? 3. What offices held he in the time of 8. Under what circumstances did his Henry VII.?
death take place ?. 4. What was he made by Henry VIII.? 9. What seat of learning did he found?
5. What about his revenues or in. 10. What character does Katherine give coine?
of Wolsey ? 6. How came he to make a great many 11. What character does Griffith give enemies !
of him on the other hand ?
Yes! there are real mourners. I have seen
A fair, sad girl, mild, suffering, and serene ;
Attention through the day) her duties claim'd,
And to be useful as resign'd she aim'd:
Neatly she drest, nor vainly seem'd t' expect
Pity for grief, or pardon for neglect ;
But, when her wearied parents sunk to sleep,
She sought her place to meditate and weep:
Then to her mind was all the past display'd,
That faithful memory brings to sorrow's aid:
For then she thought on one regretted youth,
Her tender trust, and his unquestion'd truth ;
In ev'ry place she wander'd, where they'd been,
And sadly-sacred held the parting scene,
Where last for sea he took his leave—that place
With double interest would she nightly trace ;
For long the courtship was, and he would say,
Each time he sail'd,- - This once, and then the day:"
Yet prudence tarried ; but, when last he went,
He drew from pitying love a full consent.
Happy he sail'd, and great the care she took,
That he should softly sleep, and smartly look ;
White was his better linen, and his check
Was made more trim than any on the deck ;
And every comfort men at sea can know,
Was hers to buy, to make, and to bestow :
For he to Greenland sail'd, and much she told,
How he should guard against the climate's cold,
Yet saw not danger; dangers he'd withstood,
Nor could she trace the fever in his blood :
His messmates smil'd at flushings on his cheek,
And he too smild, but seldom would he speak ;
For now he found the danger, felt the pain,
With grievous symptoms he could not explain ;
Hope was awaken'd, as for home he sail'd,
But quickly sank, and never more prevail’d.
He call'd his friend, and prefac'd with a sigh
A lover's message—“ Thomas, I must die :
Would I could see my Sally, and could rest,
My throbbing temples on her faithful breast,
And gazing, go!-if not, this trifle take,"?
And say, till death I wore it for her sake ;
Yes! I must die-blow on sweet breeze, blow on!
Give me one look, before my
Oh! give me that, and let me not despair,
One last fond look-and now repeat the prayer."
IIe had his wish, had more; I will not paint
The lovers' meeting: she beheld him faint,
With tender fears, she took a nearer view,
Her terrors doubling as her hopes withdrew ;
He tried to smile, and, half succeeding, said,
" Yes! I must die ;” and hope for ever fled.
Still long she nursed him; tender thoughts, meantime,
Were interchang'd, and hopes and views sublime.
To her he came to die, and every day
She took some portion of the dread away:
With him she pray'd, to him his Bible read,
Sooth'd the faint heart, and held the aching head ;
She came with smiles the hour of pain to cheer ;
Apart, she sigh'd ; alone, she shed the tear ;
Then, as if breaking from a cloud, she gave
Fresh light, and gilt the prospect of the grave.
One day he lighter seem'd, and they forgot
The care, the dread, the anguish of their lot ;
They spoke with cheerfulness, and seem'd to think,
Yet said not so—"perhaps he will not sink :"
A sudden brightness in his look appear'd,
A sudden vigour in his voice was heard ;-
She had been reading in the book of prayer,
And led him forth, and placed him in his chair ;
Lively he seem d, and spoke of all he knew,
The friendly many, and the favourite few;
Nor one that day did he to mind recall,
But she has treasur'd, and she loves them all ;
When in her way she meets them they appear
Peculiar people-death has made them dear.
He nam'd his friend, but then his hand she prest,
And fondly whisper'd “ Thou must go to rest;"
“I go," he said ; but, as he spoke, she found
His hand more cold, and fluttering was the sound !
Then gaz'd affrighten'd; but she caught a last,
A dying look of love, and all was past !
She plac'd a decent stone his grave above, Neatly engrav'd-an offering of her love ; For that she wrought, for that forsook her bed, Awake alike to duty and the dead ; She would have griev'd, had friends presum'd to spare The least assistance-'twas her proper care.
Here will she come, and on the grave will sit,
Folding her arms, in long abstracted fit;
But, if observer pass, will take her round,
And careless seem, for she would not be found ;
Then go again, and thus her hour employ,
visions please her, and while woes destroy.
Forbear, sweet maid! nor be by fancy led,
To hold mysterious converse with the dead;
For sure at length thy thoughts, thy spirit's pain,
In this sad conflict, will disturb thy brain ;
All have their tasks and trials; thine are hard,
But short the time, and glorious the reward ;
Thy patient spirit to thy duties give,
Regard the dead, but, to the living, live.