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by the uncertainty of its issue, he composed one or two
And thou, my soul, inspired with holy flame,
To Thee, O Jesu, I direct my eyes,
The lover of poetry will always regret that Raleigh's retreats to his charming seat, at Sherborne, were not more frequent, and of longer continuance; and that the “pure contents” which, in his own words, were wont to “pitch their tents" upon those pastures, were unable to detain him from the empty vanities of the court.
I bring this hasty Introduction to an end with regret;
I have said little where my heart prompted me to say much. I have been compelled to pass over, without notice, many who left their fame upon a harp-string, and from whose antique leaves might be gathered thoughts of the serenest piety and peace. Of some of these I shall have an opportunity of speaking in the following pages. I have walked through the burial-ground of our Elder Poets with no irreverent footstep, and I shall not have lingered there in vain, if I have renewed one
obliterated inscription, or bound one flower upon their tomb.
GILEs FLETCHER, the author of one of the finest reli-
• Haddon was a member of King's College, and one of the most eminent men of the age. His contemporaries speak in enthusiastic appreciated by Elizabeth, who employed him as her Commissioner in Scotland, Germany, and the Low Countries. I have ascertained that he sat in Parliament in 1385, with Herbert Pelham, Esq., for the then flourishing town of Winchelsea”. In 1588, the memorable year of the Armada, he was sent to Russia, where he concluded a treaty with the Czar, beneficial to English commerce. Soon after his return, he published his observations upon that country; they were, however, soon
Fletcher's political talents appear to have been highly | | +
suppressed, and not reprinted until 1643. They were " || || ||
afterwards incorporated in Hackluyt's Voyages t. - | The worthy Fuller informs us that, upon Fletcher's i;
arrival in London, he sent for his intimate friend Mr.
Wayland, Prebendary of St. Paul's, and tutor to Fuller's t father, “with whom he expressed his thankfulness to
terms of his mental and personal accomplishments. Archbishop Crzu
mer entertained a high opinion of his learning and talents, and availed
himself of his advice and assistance in ecclesiastical affairs. Haddon
died in London, February, 1571. Isis poems were collected by Thomas \ Hatcher, a fellow of the same college, and one of his warmest admirers.
Mr. Park refers to Dr. Fletchcr's poems in a note upon Warton's
History of Poetry, but in a manner to incline the reader to suppose that the allusion was applicable to the author of Christ's Pictorie. The work which is entitled, Poematum Gwalteri Hudsoni Legum Doctoris, sparsin collectorum, Libri Duo, is exceedingly scarce. Thomas Baker, the well-known antiquary, considered his copy, which afterwards possed into the collection of the bishop of Ely, to be almost unique. There is, however, a copy in the British Museum. * Notitia Parliamentaria, vol. iii., p. 107. * As a picture of Russia in its deepest ignorance and barbarism, the i account of the “Russe Commonwealth" is very amusing. His descrip- : tion of theological learning in Russia, towards the close of the sixteenth century, is singular, especially when contrasted with the glory of our - | own country at that period. Fletcher relates the following anecdote of a conversation with one of their “bishops, that are the choice men out -
of all their monasteries." He “offered him a Russe Testament, and t turned him to the first chapter of St. Alatthew's Gospel, where he began
to read in very good order. I asked him first, what part of Scripture it was that he had read? He answered that he could not well tell. How . many evangelists there were in the New Testament? He said he knew. | not. How many apostles there were 1 He thought there were twelve."— p. 89, ed. 1591.
God for his return from so great a danger.” The quaint
• I find under a notice of Bayly, Bishop of Bangor—1610, 7 Febr.
tiss. b. 2.
: Chalmers (Biograph. Dict., Art “ Fiercien”) considers Giles
The Kentish lad that lately taught
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