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Her idle tymes and idle coyne
In making dainty junketts and conserves,
The stately heroyns, whose noble minde
The tongues, toys, tricks of Rome, of Spayn, of France, These can correntos and lavoltas daunce ;
And though they foote it false, 'tis ne'er discearned. The vertues of theise dames are so transcendant,
Themselves are learn'd, and their heroyk spirit
Can make disgrace an honour, sin a merit,
Yet would I wish, take not the wish in evill,
You knew the private virtue, kept the civill, But in no sort aspire to that heroycall.
TO HIS WIFE'S MOTHER.
When with your daughter, Madam, you be chatt'ring,
I find that oft against me you incense her,
My love is all but lust; this is your censure.
This witty and thoughtless man died at Kelston, near Bath, in 1612, aged 51.
The ingenious Dr. Harrington, physician, at Bath, is a descendant of sir John Harrington, and inherits the fullness of his wit, without any of his extravagance.
Many admirable specimens of his classical taste, and lively humour, have been circulated among his friends, and it is a pity that the whole of them are not collected into one or two volumes, while the venerable author is living to give them in a correct state to the public.
“ Yet shelter'd there by calm Contentment's wing,
Pleas'd he could smile, and with sage HOOKER's eye See from his muther earth God's blessings spring,
And eat his bread in peace and privacy."
THE name of Hooker has outlived that of the polemics with which he was engaged ; and while the immediate subjects which exercised his pen are forgotten, his books of ecclesiastical polity shall continue to be read with admiration, not only for the clearness of their reasoning, and the vigour of their style, but as exhibiting the correctest views of social relation, and the foundations of human laws and
In them the reader will find the true balance and connexion of individual rights, and social obligation ; what may be claimed, and what may be conceded for the general good.
The mind and character of Hooker greatly resembled that of his immortal work. The one in fact was but a counterpart of the other. In his book we perceive a chaste simplicity, united to the most vigorous strength of reasoning: and though immense stores of reading and acute research,
and observation are poured into it, the whole is so judiciously and naturally blended, as not to have the slightest appearance of pedantry or ostentation.
Such also was Hooker; a man capable of the greatest things, yet in his deportment the simplest and most humble man alive. His birth was lowly, but though his parents had a large family they laudably exerted themselves in giving him a good education, and it is related of him, that when he was a school-boy, he was inquisitive to enquire into the grounds and reasons of things, asking
Why this was, and that was not to be remembered ?? Why this was granted, and that denied?' Yet this sagacious spirit was mixed, says one of his biographers, with so remarkable a sweetness and serenity of temper, as endeared him to his preceptor, and made him predict that he would become a great man.
Hooker's uncle was chamberlain of Exeter, and being very intimate with bishop Jewell, of Salisbury, he entreated him to become his vephew's patron, which the good prelate consented to, and sent him accordingly to Corpus Christi college, Oxford, where he obtained the place of bible clerk, and followed his studies with unremitted attention.
Hooker's biographer relates a curious anecdote of him and his patron, which, as a picture of the manners of those times, as well as of the characters of the two parties, will be found amusing ; and ii may be proper to observe here by the
that Goldsmith has made a pleasing use of the story in his · Vicar of Wakefield.'
Nir. Hooker, having had a severe illness at college, on his recovery, took a journey from Oxford to Exeter, to see his good mother, being accompanied by a countryman and companion of his own college, and both on foot; which was then either more in fashion, or want of money, or their humility made it so : but on foot they went, and took Salisbury in their way, purposely to see the good bishop, who made. Mr. Hooker and his companion, dine with him at his own table; and at parting his lordship gave him good counsel, and his benediction, but forgot to give him money ; which, on considering, he sent a servant in haste to call Richard back, and said to him, 'Richard, I sent for
you a horse which hath carried me many a mile, and I thank God, with much ease."* He then delivered
* The editor cannot resist the pleasure of relating an anecdote, somewhat resembling the above, of that acute divine, and politician, the late Dr. Josiab Tucker, dean of Gloucester. He was the son of a poor farmer in Cardigansbire, who pinched himself to give Josiah an university education, and that he might go to college respectably, he gave him his own and only horse. Upon his return, Josiah found how much his father stood in need of the animal, and for the future would never go to Oxford any other way than on foot, with
wallet at his back. I have heard the good dean often revery pleasantly the particulars of his pedestrian excurfrom Aberystwith to St. Jobn's college.