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Queen's College. But this in the second edition is also left out. Gibson wanted not Charlet ; he was Bishop of Lincoln, in the high road to preferment,' as he is now Bishop of London, where he hopes not to stop.

Poor honest Charlet died Master of University, in preferment, for he kept to the 'honest principles he set out in the world with; and Gibson, for being a turncoat rascal, is now Bishop of London.

SPENSER, EDMUND.

I was told by Lord Carteret, that when he was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1724, a true descendant of this Edmund Spenser, who bore his name, had a trial before Baron Hale, and he knew. so little of the English language, that he was forced to have an interpreter.

WILMOT (JOHN) EARL OF ROCHESTER.

See Passages of his Life, said to be written by bis direction on his death-bed, by Gilbert Burnet. This, I have some reason to believe, is a lie of that Scotch rascal.

WILLIAM

WILLIAM DORRINGTON THE ELDER*.

April ļoth, 1603. The Copy of Mr. Dorring,

ton's Letler, left upon the Leads, when he cast down himself from the Top of St. Sepulchre's Church, in London.

On the Back of the Letter. OH, let me live, and I will call upon thy

name.

Within the Letter. Let no other man be troubled for that which is my own fact." John Bunckley and his fellows, by perjury, and other bad means, have brought me to this end :—God forgive it them, and I doe; and, O Lord, forgive me this cruel fact upon my own body, which I utterlye detest, and most humbly pray him to cast it behind him, and that of his most exceeding and infinite mercy he will forgive it me, with all my other sins. But surelye, after they had thus slandered me everye daye that I lived, was to me a hundred deathes, which caused me rather to choose to dye with infamye, than to live in infamye and torment. O, summa Deitas, quæ cælis et superis presides, meis

medere miseris, ut spretis inferis, læter superis, reis dona veniam.

* See Hearne's preface to Camden's Elizabeth, Archbishop Usher's Letters, p. 147, and Bacon's Works, vol. iv. p. 400.

Trusting

Trusting in his only passion and merits of Jesus Christ, and confessing my exceeding great synnes, I say, “ Master, have mercye upon me!"

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OLIVER CROMWELL.

Curious Dedication of a Funeral Sermon to Richard

Cromwell, on the Death of his Father,

Title. THRENI Hybernici; or, Ireland sympathizing with England and Scotland, in a sad Lamentation for the Loss of her Josiah: represented in a Sermon, preached at Christ Church, in Dub-'. lin, before his Excellency the Lord Deputy, with divers of the Nobility, Gentry, and Commonality, there assembled to celebrate a funeral Solemnity upon the Death of the late Lord Protector. By Dr. Harrison, chief Chaplain to his said Excellency.

And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him. 2 Chron. XXV. 24.-This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation. Ezek. xix. 14. 4 Reg. xiii. 14.Pater mî, pater mî, currus Israel, et auriga ejus. 4 Reg. ii. 12.

Cicer. Somn. Scip. Omnibus qui patriam conservarint, adjuverint, auxerint, certus est in

coelo ac definitus locus, ubi beati ævo sempiterno fruentur.

Senec. Nunquam Stygias fertur ad umbras inclita virtus.

London : Printed by E. Cotes; and are to be sold by John North, bookseller, in Castle Street, at Dublin, in Ireland, 1659.

Dedication. To the most illustrious Richard, Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the dominions thereunto belonging.

May it please your Highness, it was a saying of David, Psalm cxii. 6. The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance ; and of Solomon, Prov. x. 7. The memorial of the just shall be blessed. Divine Providence made it

my

lot to hear this sermon pathetically delivered by that pious divine, Dr. Harrison, in a full, fluent manner, extracting tears from the eyes, and sighs from the hearts, of the hearers. I' moved the Doctor for the printing thereof, being so precious a piece, touching so unparalleled a person, that it was more fit to be made public, than perish in oblivion; who, in a modest manner, termed it a sudden, imperfect, and unpolished collection of scattered thoughts and notes, which brevity of time, and burthen of spirit, would not permit him more completely to compile; yet, upon my im

portunity,

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portunity, he was pleased to condescend to my motion, and delivered me this copy, now printed, written with his own hand. The usefulness of the piece, replete with so many observations, together with the desire of erecting all lasting monuments that might tend to the eternising of the blessed memory of that thrice renowned patron and pattern of piety, your royal father (whose pious life is his never-perishing pyramid, every man's heart being his tomb, and every good man's tongue an epitaph), hath emboldened me, in all humility, to present it to your Highness as a lively effigies to mind you of his matchless virtues. And, as the learned author intended it not so much for the eye or ear as for the heart; not for reading only, but practice principally; so may your Highness please to make use thereof as a pattern of imitation for piety and reformation in the nations. That your Highness may become a successful successor of such a peerless predecessor, to inherit his goodness with his greatness, that out of his ashes you may spring another Phønix, as a honeycomb out of the strong lion; a royal branch of that rare root; a strong rod to be a sceptre to rule : so shall your Highness's holy and ever virtuous progress be a new crown of comfort to the three nations, filling the people's heart with joyful hopes of happiness, and a firm well-grounded peace, that they may sit safely

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