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he continued till about the beginning of December following, at which time he was seized more violently with a Quotidian fever; in the tenth fit of which fever, his better part, that part of Sir Henry Wotton which could not die, put off mortality with as much content and cheerfulness as human frailty is capable of, being then in great tranquillity of mind, and in perfect peace with God and man.
And thus the circle of Sir Henry Wotton's life-that circle which began at Bocton, and in the circumference thereof did first touch at Winchester School, then at Oxford, and after upon so many remarkable
and passages in Christendom—that circle of his Life was by Death thus closed up and completed, in the seventy and second year of his age, at Eton College; where, according to his Will, he now lies buried, with his Motto on a plain Grave-stone over him : dying worthy of his name and family, worthy of the love and favour of so many Princes, and persons of eminent wisdom and learning, worthy of the trust committed unto him, for the service of his Prince and Country.
And all Readers are requested to believe, that he was worthy of a more worthy pen, to have preserved his Memory, and commended his Merits to the imitation of posterity.
ELEGY ON SIR HENRY WOTTON,
MR. ABRAHAM COWLEY.
What shall we say, since silent now is he,
On earth he travell’d often, not to say,
A. COWLEY. 13
THE LIFE OF MR. RICHARD HOOKER,
THE AUTHOR OF THOSE LEARNED BOOKS OF THE
LAWS OF ECCLESIASTICAL POLITY.