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dent, as a visit to America, should have been left floating in conjectural probability.
From his twenty-eighth to his thirtyfifth year, he wrote his pieces on the Reduction of Sallee; on the Reparation of St. Paul's; to the King on his Navy; the panegyrick on the Queen Mother ; the two poems to the earl of Northumberland ; and perhaps others, of which the time cannot be discovered.
When he had lost all hopes of Sachariffa, he looked round him for an easier conquest, and gained a lady of the family of Bresse, or Breaux. The time of his marriage is not exactly known. It has not been discovered that this wife was won by his poetry; nor is any
thing told of her, but that she brought him many children. He doubtless praised many whom he would have been afraid to marry; and perhaps married one whom he would have been ashamed to praise. Many qualities contribute to domestick happiness, upon which poetry has no colours to bestow; and many airs and fallies may delight imagination, which he who flatters them never can approve. There are charms made only for distant admiration. No spectacle is nobler than a blaze.
Of this wife, his biographers have recorded that she gave him five sons and eight daughters.
During the long interval of parliament, he is represented as living among
those with whom it was most honourable to converse, and enjoying an exuberant fortune, with that independence and liberty of speech and conduct, which wealth ought always to produce. He was however considered as the kinsman of Hampden, and was therefore supposed by the courtiers not to favour them.
When the parliament was called, in 1640, it appeared that Waller's polițical character had not been mistaken. The king's demand of a supply, produced one of those noisy speeches which disaffection and discontent regularly dictate; a speech filled with hyperbolical complaints of imaginary grievances. “ They, says he, who think themselves
<< already undone can never apprehend " themselves in danger, and they who “ have nothing left can never give
freely.” Political truth is equally in danger from the praises of courtiers, and the exclamations of patriots.
He then proceeds to rail at the clergy, being sure at that time of a fasvourable audience. His topick is such
as will always serve its purpose; an ac«cusation of acting and preaching only for preferment: and he exhorts the Commons carefully to provide for their protection against Pulpit law.
It always gratifies curiosity to trace a sentiment. Waller has in this speech quoted Hooker in one passage ; and in another has copied him, without
quoting. “ Religion,” says Waller, « ought to be the first thing in our pur“pose and desires; but that which is “ first in dignity is not always to pre56 cede in order of time; for weilso being supposes a being; and the firft s« impediment which men naturally en“ deavour to remove, is the want of 6 those things without which they can“ not fubfift. God first assigned unto 6. Adam maintenance of life, and gave “ him a title to the rest of the creatures 66 before he appointed a law to observe.”
“ God first assigned Adam,” says Hooker, “ maintenance of life, and then so appointed him a law to observe.-- True “ it is, that the kingdom of God must “ be the first thing 'in our purpose and
- desires ;