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made, might not matters have been worse than they are,-might not the clergy by this time have been stipendiaries? Such, some twelve years ago, was the state of drunken anarchy-(but not with wine)-- which this nation was in, that nothing would have surprised me. Might we not have lost all? The world was openmouthed as Charybdis.
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I will make Mephibosheth's answer,-“ Yea, let him take all ; forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own
Robbery and spoliation, spoliation and robbery, is the only change I can ring upon the Act. After all, had all gone, we might have had the satisfaction to know that we had tried to save what we could.
And this, I conceive, is what many good men did. They acted somewhat after Cranmer's example ; and a good example it was ! Had further opposition been made, we might have had a collision, disastrous and untimely, as that between Thomas à Becket and Henry II.
I would not stand up for Thomas à Becket's character as a whole ; but I think on some points he has been much maligned. He was a bold man, at least, and did not shrink from what he considered a duty. But this would lead me into a long story. Besides, the wind is hushed, and we shall get a good walk. Air and exercise save the doctor. We can take Selden's “Cottage"
in our way
Agreed. But recollect that we recur to Thomas à Becket's history. Tradition calls the old Rectory-house here his palace ; and I have no doubt you have collected all you can relating to him and his eventful life.
4 2 Sam. xix. 30.
EUBULUS. The shaking out of my note-book is at your service. But do not let me lead you astray either as regards Thomas à Becket, or the immunities of the clergy. My motto is from that remarkable work of Southey's,—the “ Vindiciæ Anglicanæ, which he wrote, con amore, and would willingly have gone on with : “ When any thing becomes manifestly and notoriously an evil and a nuisance, it ought to be abated, whatever prescription may be pleaded for it."
5 See p. 354.
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HENRY VIII. Act i. Sc. i.
“ You are meek and humble-mouth'd;
Ibid. Act ii. Sc. iv.
“ Noble madam,
Yes, good Griffith ;
His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him,
Ibid. Act iv. Sc. ii.
Life of Thomas à Becket,
“ Creon. 'Tis just I die, indeed, for I confess
I am troublesome to life now, and the state
'Tis clear another way.
Oh, give not confidence
of this ;
Massinger, The Old Law.
HENRY II. was the greatest sovereign of his day, and Thomas à Becket the greatest ecclesiastic. Rome had her popes and cardinals, Bologna and Paris their schools, but amongst all their men of renown, none was so great a man as the sometime bosomfriend and the wary chancellor of Henry.
Thomas à Becket—the name established by use, which is the criterion of language, though Thomas Becket were, perhaps, more critically correct--was born in London, December 21, 1117'. His father was a citizen, named Gilbert. His mother was said
1 Or, as others say, 1118.