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Thus, like the bee, he suck'd from every flow'r,
The midnight lamp, in crystal case enclos’d,
ev’n; Patience and cheerfulness to him were giv'n ; Patience! the choicest gift on this side Heav'n! His strength of parts surviv'u the seventieth year, And then, like northern fruits, left off to bear;
* Bishop Hugh Latimer (whom I quote only by memory, not having the original at hand) says, in one of his sermons, that,
though his father possessed no more than forty acres of free land, or thereabouts, yet he had always something to give to the poor, and now and then entertained his friends ;--that he portioned out three daughters, at 51. a-piece, and bred up a son at the university; otherwise, (adds he) I should not have had the honour of appearing in this pulpit before the king's majesty.'
Note. The original edition says four acres, which must be an error of
press, instead ot forty acres. Old Latimer lived in good repute about the year 1470, in which year his son Hugh was born.
of Wisdom of Solomon, i. 12.
| In the last years of his life, Macarius was grievously afflicted with nephritic pains.
Licep In his These Rare
Nought but a vestal fire such heat contains ;
Jeffries (if that were possible) restrain'd
* 2 Esdras xii. 42.
+ Isaiah xlix. 2. # When Judge Jeffries came to Taunton assiz-s, in the year 1685, to execute his commission upon the unfortunate people concerned in Monmouth's rebellion, the person bere spoken of, being minister of St. Mary Magdalen's Church at Taunton, waited on him in private, and remonstrated much aga nst his severities. The judge listened to him calmly, and with some at. tention; and, though he had never seen him before, advan ced him in a few months to a prebendal stall in the Cathedral of Bristol.
See Sandy's Paraphrase on Job, where Satan arises in form of an exhalation.
For he, who thinks he suffers for his God,
B- sometimes would to thy cottage tend;
In silence for himself, for friends in tears,
• Dr. George Hooper.
The cloud and pillar (or by night or day)
Mild as a babe reclines himself to rest,
Accept this verse, to make thy memory live, Lamented shade!-'Tis all thy son can give.
* Exod. xiii, 21.
+ Deut. viii. 4. Waters of Marah. Exod. xv. 23-25. Ibid. xvi. 15 and 35.
|| Deut. xxxiv. 1. q Palestina is the scripture-word for Palestine. Isaiah xiv. 29, 31. Exod. xv. 14.
** Macarius (who was born the 28th of October 1650) was dispossessed of his preferments in 1691, and remained depriveal till the time of his death, which happened in February 1735; and (which is remarkable) the Bishops Kidder, Hooper, and Wynne, all contrived that Macarius should receive the little profits from his Prebend of Wells as long as he lived : a circumstance to their honour as well as his.
Better to own the debt we cannot pay,
O Pope! too great to copy, or to praise !
My first, my latest bread, I owe to thee :
Virg + Philotheus, Bishop Ken. Charles Earl of Peterborough, &c.