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lightness. He that speaks from the understa
Upon the poetical character of Quarles, needless to dwell. We may say of him, in the words of Dr. Hammond, that he was of ar habit of mind, braced into more than commc by healthful and ennobling studies, and a
There was nothing effeminat disposition; he was often ungrac
No man had a correcter notio beauty of style, or presented a more striking to his own rule :-"Clothe not thy language, " either with obscurity or affectation ; in the discoverest too much darkness, in the other, t.
against their author.
the understanding is the best interpreter." ; have been good for his fame if he had practis he taught. His eccentricity was the ruin of his he offered up the most beautiful offspring of his nation, without remorse, to this misshapen idol.
the specimens given in the foregoing pag perhaps, diminish the prejudice so long ente
They show that he coul with dignity, simplicity, and pathos, and that poetry flowed in a muddy stream, particles of p gold may be gathered from its channel.
His pencil rather “dashed" than "drew," wanted the taste and patience to finish his pi He was sublime and vulgai' at the impulse moment. Sometimes, however, images of great d fell unconsciously from his pen. Evangelus' d. tion of the appearance of the Angel in the She Oracles, may be quoted as an example:
His skin did show,
lipon the poetical character of Quarles, it will be
nædes o dwel. We may say of him, in the emphatie
either with obscurity or affectation; in the one thou
chorax He that speaks from the understanding to
i be specimens given in the foregoing pages will,
His pencil rather "dashed" than "drew," and he
words of Dr. Hammond, that he was of an athletic
by bealthful and ennobling studies, and a pure &
moment Sometimes, bowever, images of great delicacy
babit of mind, braced into more than common vigoar
and nothing effeminate in his disposition; he was often ungraceful
virtuous life. There was
Whose perfect whiteness made a circling light,
That where it stood, it silvered o'er the night. As a writer of prose, he deserves very high applause. His style is remarkably flowing, and animated by a Christian benignity of spirit. Without the copious richness of Taylor, or the mystical eloquence of Brown, or the poignant terseness of South, he possesses sufficient force and sweetness to entitle him to a seat in the midst of these great masters of our language. Quarles was not only a fruitful author; he was also a learned and laborious student, and while Secretary to Archbishop Usher, contributed materially to promote the progress of his theological researches. This interesting fact has, I believe, never been noticed; but Usher alludes to his services in a letter to G. Vossius, and speaks of him as a poet held in considerable esteem, among his own countrymen, for his sacred compositions *.
Of the widow of Quarles, no records exist. With what patience she endured the loss of one whom she so tenderly loved, or how long she survived him, we know not; but we may be assured that the blow was tempered to her strength, and that her husband's dying words, that God would be a husband to the widow, received a full and merciful fulfilment.
Of the poet's numerous family, John is alone rememhered. He was born in Essex, and afterwards became, Wood says, a member of Exeter College, Oxford, where he bore arms for the King in the garrison of the town;
• The letter is printed in the appendix to Parr's life of the Archbishop, p. 484. I he passage referring to Quarles is as follows:" Ut autem intelligas quibus in Locis Cottonianum Libri primi et tertü Chronicon a vulgato differat; Florentinum Wigorniensem nuac ad te mitto, quem Francisci Quarlesii Opera, qui mihi tum erut ab Epistolis (vir ob sacr«tiorem poenin apud Anglos suns non incelebris) cum illo conferendum curavi ad annum DCCCC. Dionysianum a quo quatenus prius missu initium duxit."
Junconsciously from his pen. Evangelus' descrip ther of the appearance of the Angel in the Shepherd i Padas , may be quoted as an example:
His skin did show, then irery, or the new fall'n snow,
but it is not clear that he ever belonged to th
That little education I dare own
Afford me lectures *. Upon the decease of this prelate, to whom sincerely attached, he composed an elegy begin those beautiful lines :
Then weep no more; see how his peaceful br
A full repose ; he hath been long awake. The feet of Sion's watchman must have bee and his eyes heavy with sleep! offered any hopes of a prosperous issue, John continued an active and faithful servant of the whose army he obtained the rank of captain ; b the strength of the loyalists was exhausted repeated victories of the Parliament, he “re London in a mean condition," and about 164 farewell to England, and went abroad, but i capacity Wood was ignorant. Upon his ret supported himself by his pen, until he was swep in the plague of 1665. The place of his b unknown. His compositions were very numerou by some he was
esteemed a good poet," deficient in the power and originality of his fathe
• Ao Elegie on the most Reverend and learned James U Archbishop of Armagh, 1656.
While the roy
sity. We find, from his own relation, that he was
That lide education I dare own
sazrely attached, he composed an elegy beginning with
The example of his life did every day
Racid by the hand of death, takes quiet rest.
The let of Sion's watchman must have been weary,
farewell to England, and went abroad, but in what
supported bimself by his pen, until he was swept away
but it is not clear that he ever belonged to the Univer
I had. I'm proud to say, from him alone.
Aford me lectures,
this beautiful lines :
Then weep no more ; see how his peaceful breast,
Disturb him not; but let him sweetly take
and his eyes beavy with sleep! While the royal cause
be obtained the rank of captain ; but when
in a mean condition," and about 1649 bade
Wood was ignorant. Upon his return he
e dibe plague of 1665. The place of his burial is sakdown. His compositions were very numerous, and by somme he was "esteemed a good poet," though deficient in the power and originality of his father.
the most Reverend and learned James Usher, L.