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." folitary studies, of temperatê pleả “ sures, and a moderate revenue below - the malice and flatteries of fortune."?
So differently are things seen, and so differently are they shown; but actions are visible, though motives are fecret. Cowley certainly retired; firft to Barnelms, and afterwards to Chertsey, in Surrey. He seems, however, to have lost part of his dread of the hum inf men. He thought himself now safe enough from intrusion, without the defence of mountains and oceans; and instead of seeking shelter in America, wisely went only so far from the bustle of life as that he might easily find his way back, when solitude should grow tedious. His retreat wag at first
but flenderly accommodated; yet he foon obtained, by the interest of the earl of St. Albans and the duke of Buckingham, such a lease of the Queen's lands as afforded him an ample income.
By the lover of virtue and of wit it will be solicitously asked, if he now was happy. Let them peruse one of his letters accidentally preserved by Peck, which I recommend to the consideration of all that may hereafter pant for solitude. “ To Dr. Thomas Sprat. .
“ Chertsey, 21 May, 1665. “ The first night that I came hither “ I caught so great a cold, with a “ defluxion of rheum, as made me keep
* my chamber ten days. And, two af“ ter, had such a bruise on my ribs * with a fall, that I am yet unable to 6 move or turn myself in my bed. “ This is my personal fortune here to “ begin with. And besides, I can get “ no money from my tenants, and have “ my meadows eaten up every night “ by cattle put in by my neighbours. « What this signifies, or may come to “ in time, God knows; if it be omi16 nous, it can end in nothing less than “ hanging. Another misfortune has “ been, and stranger than all the rest, " that you have broke your word with “ me, and failed to come, even though “ you told Mr. Bois that you would. “ This is what they call Monstri fimile. D 2
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“ I do hope to recover my late hurt “ fo farre within five or fix days “ (though it be uncertain yet whether " I shall ever recover it) as to walk “ about again. And then, methinks, “ you and I and the Dean might be “ very merry upon S. Anne's Hill. “ You might very conveniently come “ hither the way of Hampton Town, “ lying there one night. I write this “ in pain, and can say no more : Ver. “ bum sapienti.”
He did not long enjoy the pleasure or suffer the uneasiness of solitude; for he died at the Porch-house* in Chert
* Now in the possession of Mr. Clarke, Alder." inan of London.
fey in 1667, in the 49th year of his age. - He was buried with great pomp near Chaucer and Spenser; and king Charles pronounced, «*That Mr. Cowley “ had not left a better man behind “ him in England.” He is represented by Dr. Sprat as the most amiable of mankind; and this posthumous, praise may be safely credited, as it has never been contradicted by envy or by faction.
Such are the remarks and memorials: which I have been able to add to the narrative of Dr. Sprat; who, writing when the feuds of the civil war were yet recent, and the minds of either party eafily irritated, was obliged to pass over many tranfactions in general