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The literature of our country is rich in the biography of illustrious men. The names of Spenser, of Shak. speare, and of Milton, have been enshrined in strains of eloquence and beauty, almost as lasting as their own. But it abounds also in histories more simple, and yet not less delightful; sheaves of gentle and religious thoughts bound together by the hands of humble. minded Christians: such are the celebrated lives of Izaak Walton. The accomplishments of Wotton, the learning of Donne, the piety of Herbert, and the suffer. ings of Sanderson, are faithfully and tenderly recorded
in his page
With moistened eye
WORDSWORTH. The life of Herbert possesses the greatest charm, and has long been blended in the heart with scenes of serenity and peace; with the path of the quiet fields to church, and the sweet solemnity of the village pastor's fire-side. “Tis an honour to the place," says Aubrey, “to have had the heavenly and ingenious contemplation of this good man,"
The writer of the following memoir has found it impossible to read of Herbert, and not to love him.
George Herbert was born on the 3rd c in the Castle of Montgomery, in Wales, many years been the abode of his family it " a pleasant and romancy place;" Aubr pleasure on the "exquisite prospect ways;" and Donne, in one of his poer the “ Primrose Hill" to the south o Nothing, however, now remains, except of a tower and a few mouldering wall the beholder of its former greatness.
Mr. Richard Herbert, the father of descended from a line of illustrious ances are indebted to Lord Herbert of Che graphic sketch of his personal appearance of my father, whom I remember to hav haired and bearded, as all my ancestor are said to have been, of a manly, but so look, but withal very handsome and cc limbs, and of great courage *."
The poet's mother was Magdalen Newp of Sir Richard Newport, and Margar daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Bro the Privy Council and Executor to Henr She was a lady of remarkable piety and Her family consisted of seven sons; Edwi William, Charles, George, Henry, and three daughters, Elizabeth, Margaret, and
Of Edward, who subsequently became th Baron of Cherbury, a short account will i
• There was a tradition in the family of the Herber (Fuller's Worthies, vol. i. p. 18, ed. Nichols) that Sir 1 tempore Edward the Fourth, slew, in the battle of Banbu and forty men with his own hand. He was of gigantic peg on which he used to hang his hat, was to be seen Castle in the time of Fuller.
George Herbert was born on the 3rd of April
, which had for
Mr. Richard Herbert, the father of the poet, was
of my father, whom I remember to have been black
Of Edward, who subsequently became the well-known
ceptable. He verified the saying, that the child is father of the man. A boy who had the assurance to signalize the first day of his residence at Oxford, by a challenge to a logical disputation, might reasonably be expected to expand into a character of mingled foppery and intellect. His Autobiography, edited by Lord Orford, is a most amusing specimen of lively gossip and conceited philosophy. He begins one passage by informing us, that during his sojourn in Paris he was received in the house of that incomparable scholar, Isaac Casaubon, by whose learned conversation he was much benefited;" and concludes with an enumeration of his other amusements, the most important of which were, riding on the "great horse," and singing "according to the rules of the French masters." But he is chiefly remembered as one of the earliest reducers of Deism into a system, by asserting the sufficiency and universality of natural religion, and discarding, as unnecessary, all extraordinary revelation. Yet Grotius recommended the publication of the De Veritate, and Mr. Fludd told Aubrey, that Lord Herbert had prayers in his house twice a day, and "on Sundays would have his Chaplain read one of Smyth's sermons*."
Mr. Herbert died in 1597, when George was in his fourth year, and the care of his education, consequently, devolved upon his mother, who appears to have been peculiarly fitted for the discharge of this arduous task. She realized the character so beautifully drawn by
• The De Veritate was published at Paris in 1624, and among the earliest opponents of the author were P. Gassendi, Opuscula Philoso phica, p. 411, 419, Lug. 166€; and Baxter, in More Reasons for the Christian Religion, and no Reason against it. Locke siso alluded to the Treatise in his Essay on the Human Understanding (folio ed. 1994). but in terms too cursory to claim the merit of a refutation. He styles Lord Herbert "a man of great parts."
There was a tradition in the family of the Herberts of Cherbury, (Fuller's Worthies, rol. i. p. 18, ed. Nichols) that Sir Hichard Herbert, import Edward the Fourth, slew, in the battle of Banbury, one hundred and forty men with his own hand. He was ol gigantic stature, and the which he used to hang bis hat, was to be seen in Montgomery