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to command that which is convenient, (yet more wary than to cast any aspersions upon for love's sake) chose rather to beseech. him. I shall willingly associate him to He ruled in a most obliging manner, the those other worthies his predecessors in fellows, scholars, servants, tenants, Nemo the same College (all living at the saine ab eo tristis discessit, no man departed time); to the invaluable Bishop Jewel, from bim with a sad heart, excepting in Theologorum quus orbis Christianus per this particular, that by some misdemea. aliqui unnurum centenarios produrit por, or willing error, they had created maximo, as grave Bishop Goodwin bath trouble, or given any offence unto him. described him, the greatest Divine that for He used the friends as well as the memory some former centuries of years the Chrisof his predecessors fairly. He was Pre- tian world bath produced. To the famous sidens pacificus, a lover and maker of Mr. Hooker,'who for his solid writings was peace. He silenced and composed all dif- surnamed, the Judicious, and entitled by ferences, displeasures and animosities by a the same, Thelogorum O.conium. The Ox. prudent impartiality, and the example of ford of Divines, as one calls Athens, the his own sweet disposition. All men taking Greece of Greece itself. To the learned notice that nothing was more hateful unto Dr. Reinolds, who managed the governhim than hatred itself, nothing more offen- ment of the same College, with the like sive to his body and mind, it was a shame care, honour and integrity, although not and cruelty (as well as presumption) to with the same austerities, afflict his peaceable spirit. It is a new He willingly admitted, and was much and peculiar art of discipline, but success- delighted in the acquaintance and famifully practised by liim, that those under liarity of hopeful young Divines, not dehis authority were kept within bonuds and spising their youth, but accounting them order, not so much out of fear of the pe. as sous and brethren, encouraging and adnalty, as out of love to the governor. He vising them what books to read, and with took notice of that which was good in the what holy preparations, lending them such worst men, and made that an occasion to books as they had need of, and hoping commend them for the good's sake; and withal, that (considering the brevity of his living himself tanquam umini ignoscerit; own life) some of them might live to finish as if he were so severe, that he could for- that work upon the Creed, which he had give no man, yet he reserved large pardons happily begun unto them. This was one

for the imperfections of others. His na. of the special advices and directions which iture was wholly composed of the proper- he commended to young men : hear the

ties of charity itself. Charity suffereth dictates of your owu conscience: Quod long, and is kind, &c. Beareth allihings, dubitas ne feceris, making this the combeheveth all things, hopeth all things, en- ment upon that of Syracides, in all thy dureth all things. I can truly avouch this matters trust, or believe thine own soul, testimony concerning him, that living in and bear it not down by impetuous and the same College with him, more than contradictious lusts, 8c. He was as diftwenty years (partly when he was Fellow, fusive of his knowledge, counsel, and adand partly when he returned President), vice, as of any other his works of mercy I never heard (to soy best remembrance) one word of anger, or dislike against him. * “ If I mistake not, I shall in some acI have often resembled him in my thoughts ceptable measure at once perform (at least (with favour of that honourahle person be resemble) all the forementioned offices, it spoken) to kimi (whose name sounds very when I have iu short told the Christian, Dear him) who being placed in the upper more signally the learned, or reader wilpart of the world, carried on his dignityling to learn, thus much: that, what acwith that justice, modesty, integrity, fide. quired skill I have in theology, what under. lity, and other gracious plausibilities, that standing I have got in Holy Scripture, io a place of trust, he coutented those (under God) I owe it in a manner all to whom he could not satisfy, and in a place this author. Hic vir, hic est. This is of envy procured the love of them who the man whom I acknowledge to have emulated his greatness, and by his example been my master, and mystagogus in dishewed the pre-eminence and security of vinis. From him I learned how to use my true Christian wisdom, before all the small stock of human learning in the purslights of human policy, that in a busy suit of divine. By him was my soul contime no man was foand to accuse bim; so vinced of the truth of the Scriptures, and this good man (in that inferior orb'which stored with arguments to persuade others, God had placed him) demeaned himself that at least it was worth their labour tó with that Christian innocency, candour, try, whether faithful practice of Scripture wisdom and modesty, that malice itself was rules would not produce a willing subIn all the bistories of learned, pious and give or keep, lie freely bestowed it upon devout men, you shall scarcely meet with the worthy Mr. Thomas White, then Procone that disdained the world more gene. tor of the University, late Chaplain to the rously; not out of ignorance of it, as one College, and now Incumbent upon the brought up in cells and darkness, for he Rectory. "A College lease, of a place was known and endeared to men of the called Lye, in Gloucestershire, presented most resplendent fortunes; nor out of me. to him as a gratuity by the Fellows, he lancholy disposition, for he was cheerful made over to a third, (late Fellow there) and content in all estates, but out of a due merely upon a plea of poverty. And and deliberate scorn, knowing the true va- wliereas they that first offered it upto himu lue, that is, the vanity of it. As prefer- were unwilling that he should relinqnish ments were heaped upon him without his it, and held out for a long time in a duti. suit or knowledge, so there was nothing ful opposition, he used all his power, in his power to give, which he was not friendship, and importunity with them, till ready and willing to part withal, to the at length he prevailed to surrender it. deserving or indigent man. His vicarage Many of his necessary friends and attenof St. Nicholas Church in Newcastle, he dants have professed that they made sevegave to Mr. Alvye of Trinity College, ral journies, and employed all powerful upon no other relation, but out of the mediation with the Bishop, that he might good opinion which he conceived of his not be suffered to resign bis Prebendship of merits. The vicarage of Witney, near Winchester to a fourth; and upon knowOxford, after he had been at much pains, ledge that by their contrivauce, he was travel and expence to clear the title of the disappointed of bis resolution herein, he Rectory to all succeeding Ministers, when was much offended that the manus mortua, he had made it a portion fitting either to or law of mortmain shonld be imposed

upon him, whereby iu former days they mission to the authority of Scripture. I restrained the liberality of devout men to. did not know what a monster that idol wards the Colleges and the Clergy. But infallibility was, till I saw it drawn out by this was interpreted as a discourtesy and his pencil. I had swallowed, and as I disservice unto bim, who knew that it was thought concocted, the common definition a more blessed thing to give than to reof faith, by a full particular assurance. ceive. But that which remained unto him, But when I read this author, I perceived, was dispersed unto the poor, to whom he that plerophory was the golden fruit that was a faithful dispenser in all places of his grew on the top-branch, not the first seed, abode, distributing unto them with a free no not the spreading root, of that tree of heart, a bountiful hand, a comfortable Life, by feeding on which, the just do speech, and a cheerful eye. How disre. live; and that true Fiducia can grow no spectful was he of Manimon, the god of faster then, but shoots up just parallel this world, the golden image which kings with Fidelitas ; I quean that true confi- and potentates have set up? before whom dence towards God is adequate to sincere the trumpets play for war and slanghter, and conscientious obedience to liis holy and nations and languages fall down and precepts.

worship, besides all other kind of music “ From him I learned many instances and for jollity and delight, to drown (if it were exemplifications of that ly, but heavy possible) the noise of blood, which is most doom of our Saviour, the things which are audible, and cries loudest in the ears of in high esteem with men are abomination the Almighty. How easily could he cast in the sight of God. And that, the com- that away, for which others throw away mon notions of the world, touching good their lives and salvation, running headlong and evil, are as distorted and monstrous, into the place of eternal screechings, weep. as if a man should define an hunble meek ing, and gnaslring of teeth. If it were not man, by cowardice: or a prodent Christian for this spirit of covetousness, all the world to be one that had conquered his con. would be at quiet. Certainly (although science. And I hold myself obliged further the nature of man be an apt soil for sin to to profess, that I have not only reaped from flourish in,) yet if the love of money be the this author's sown fields, an harvest of root of all evil, it could not grow up in knowledge, but also some weighty sheaves him, because in him it had no root; and of consolation: he hath so convincingly if it be so hard for a rich man to enter in(above others) proved out of Moses, the to the kingdom of God, and the narrow Prophets, and the Psalms, (and the Jews gate which leads unto life, then he that also) thai our blessed Lord Jesus is the stooped so low by humbleness of mind, and Christ, that my soul rests upon it as opon emptied himself so nearly by mercifulness a basis immoveable,'-Ibid.

unto the poor, must needs find an easier passage: doubtless, they that say and do ing replenished with boly raptures, and di. these things, show plainly that they seek vine meditations, which is not now to be another country, that is, an heavenly, for found. if they had been mindful of this, they might Thus have many famous scholars, and have taken opportunity to have used it polemical men (in their elder times) bemore advantageously.

taken themselves to catechizing and devoHis devotions towards God were assi- tion, as Pareus, Bishop Andrews, Bishop duous and exemplary, both in public and Usher. And Bellarmin himself seems to private. He was a diligent frequenter of prefer bis book De Ascensione mentis ad the public service in the Chapel, very Deum, of the Ascension of the Soul to God, early in the morning, and at evening, ex- before any other part of his works. " Books cept some urgent occasions of infirmity did (says he) are not to be estimated, Ex mulexcuse him. His private conferences with titudine foliorim, sed ex fructibus, by the God by prayer and meditation were never multitude of the leaves, but the fruit. omitted, upon any occasion whatsoever. My other books I reall only upon recesWhen he went the yearly progress to view sily, but this I have willingly read over the College-lands, and came into the tenant's three or four times, and resolve to read it house, it was his constant custom, (before more often ; whether it be (says he) that any other business, discourse or care of the love towards it be greater than the bimself, were he never so wet or weary) merit, because (like another Benjamin )it to call for a retiring room to pour out his was the son of mine old age, or, &c." soal unto God, who led him safely in his I shall not prevent the Reader, or journey. And this he did not out of any detain him so long from the original of specious pretence of holiness, to devour a that book as to repeat the eulogies which widow's house with more facility, rack are there conferred upon him: I cannot their rents, or enhance their fioes. For forbear one passage in that preface whereexcepting the constant revenue to the in he makes this profession. “I speak it in foander (to whom he was a strict account- the presence of God, I have not read so ant) no man ever did more for them, or hearty, vigorous a champion against Rome less for himself. For thirty years together (amongst our writers of his rank) so conhe used this following Anthem and Collect - vincing and demonstrative as Dr. Jackson (commanded by the pious founder) in họ. is. I bless God for the confirmation wbich nour and confession of the holy and indi- be bath given me in the Christian Religion vided Trinity, Salva--nos, libera nos, vivi- against the Atheist, Jew and Socinian, and fica nos, O beata Tripitas, &c. “ Save us, in the Protestant against Rome.'' deliver us, quicken us, O blessed Trinity. As he was always a reconciler of diffe-' Let us praise God the Father, and the rences in his private government, so he seSon, with the Holy Spirit, let us praise riously lamented the public breaches of and super-exalt his name for ever. Al- the kingdom. For the divisions of Reumighty and everlasting God, which hast ben he had great thoughts of heart. At given unto us, thy servants, grace, by the the first entrance of the Scots into Engconfession of a true faith, to ucknowledge land, he had much compassion for his counthe glory of the eternal Trinity, and in trymen, although that were but the beginthe power of the divine majesty to worship ning of their sorrows. He well knew that the Unity : we beseech thee that through war was conimonly attended with ruin and the stedfastness of this faith, we may ever- calamity, especially to Church and Church. more be defended from all adversity, which men; and therefore that Prayer was ne. livest and reignest," &c.

cessary and becoming of them, Da pacem This he did perform, not only as a sa- Domine in diebus nostris, &c.“Give peace cred injunction of the founder (upon him in our time, O Lord, because there is no and all the Society) but he received a other that fighteth for us but only thou, O great delight in the performance of it. No God.” One drop of Christian blood, though man ever wrote more highly of the attri- never so cheaply spilt by others like water bates of God than he, and yet he professes upon the ground) was a deep corrosive to that he always took more comfort in ad- his tender heart. Like Rachel weeping miring, than dispating, and in praying to, for her children, he could not be comforted. and acknowledgiog the majesty and glory His body grew weak, the cheerful hue of 'of the blessed 'Trinity, than by too cu. his countenance was impaled and discoriously prying into the mystery. He com- loured, and he walked like a dying mourposed a Book of Private Devotions, which ner in the streets. But God took him some judicious men (having perused the from the evil to come; it was a sufficient same) much extolled and admired, as be. degree of punishment for him to foresee it; REMEMBRANCER, No. 66.

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it had been more than a thousand deaths his learning christening him the divine, and unto him to have beheld it with his eyes. his life witnessing him a man of God, a When his death was now approaching, preacher of righteousness, and, I might being in the chamber with many others, I add, a prophet of things to come. They overheard bim with a soft voice repeating that read those qualifications which he in to himself these and the like ejaculations. second and third Book requires in them I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, which hope to understand the Scriptures and in his Word do I hope; my soul aright, and see how great an insight he waiteth

for the Lord more than they that had into them, and how many bid mystewatch for the morning. As for me, I will sies he hath unfolded to this age, will say behold thy face in righteousness, I shall his life was good, superlatively good *. be satisfied when I awake with thy like

And he ended with this Cignean caution, Psal. cxvi. 5. Gracious is the

very design being to afford lielps to younger Lord and righteous, yea, our God is mer. ciful. The Lord preserveth the simple, I students, and to give the abler hints and was brought low, and he helped me. Re.

provocations for searches into the less turn unto thy rest, O my soul, for the beaten, but more profitable paths, the

abstruser, but richer veins of theology." Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.

-Ibid. And having thus spoken, soon after he sur

“ This great author having framed to rendered up bis spirit to him that gave it.,

himself an idea of that complete body of If you shall ously inquire what this charitable man left in legacy at his death, divinity which he intended; for his own I must needs answer, that giving all in bis

more regular proceeding, and the reader's life time, as he owed nothing but love, so

better understanding, did direct all his

lines in the whole periphery of his studies, he left nothing when he died. The poor

anto the heads contained in the Creed, as was his beir, and he was the administrator

un to their proper centre. of his own goods, or (to use his own ex

" The first five books relatc only to the pression in one of his last dedications) he had little else to leave bis Executors, but (I believe in God :) the five being chiefly,

first article, or first part of the article, his papers only, which the Bishop of Ar if not wholly spent, in declaring what magh (being at his funeral) much desired

belief is. What motives we have to bemight be carefully preserved. This was that which he left to posterity in pios usus, needful, for plantation of faith.

lieve Holy Scripture. What helps be

What for the furtherance of piety and godliness,

errors be, negatively, privately or posi in perpetuam Eleemosynam, for

a perpe tively opposite to faith; with their oritual deed of Charity, which I hope the reader will advance to the utmost ima


“ The sixth book, (with the nine appenprovement*. He that reads this will find dices) treating of God's essence and at

tributes; very largely of his infinite power *“Ifothers at the first view, (nay, after and providence, visible in the creation and some reviews) of this author come not up government of the world, relate to that to my rate, or esteem of him, I have their part of the article wherein we profess our excuse as ready in my pen, as mine own faith, (in God the Father Almighty, Maker blame is fresh in my memory.

For wben of heaven and eartb.) a fatherly friend of mine (Mr. Ni. Ferrar, “All the five sermons or treatises placed, of happy memory), thinking my younger tome 2. fol. 401. being figured and countyears had Deed of such an instructor, com- ed with the seventh book, as parts of it, mended this author unto my reading; for because introductive to it: the seventh some time after, I wished he had lent me book itself: the whole eighth and ninth : his understanding together with his books: the latter part of the tenth; and the foryet with frequent reading, I first began to mer part of the eleventh books, relate to like, at last I mastered, and made mine the articles concerning our blessed Saviour, own, so much of him as enabled me to from his conception to his coming to improve and impart his sense to others : judgment, inclusive. I often took his matter, and preparing it

How this learned author proves, by to

eir capacity, preached it in popular reason, that the resurrection of the body auditories. I shame not to tell this, be- is possible ; how he confirms a Christian's cause I think it no plagium! I know my faith, that it is future, and shall be, see title to it was just, by donation; the tome 3. fol. 421, &c. author intended it for this purpose : his “ He that would taste the joys, or see a

Thus have I presented you with a Me- finite disadvantage from the unskilfulness morial of that excellent man, but with in- of the relator, and some likewise from the

yery disposition of the party hijnself. The

humble man conceals his perfections with glimpse of the glory in life everlasting, let him read tome 3. fol. 498, &c.

as much pains, as the proud covers his de“He that would see the dreadful torments

fects, and avoids observation as industriof death eternal, may without danger

ously, as the ambitious provoke it. He

that would draw a face to the life, comtake a view of them, (tome 3, fol. 448, &c.) and seeing, so fear them, that (by in a constant and unremoved posture, and

mands the party to sit down in the chair God's grace) he never come to feel them. The twelfth book hath (in the former

a countenance composed, that he may have

the full view of every line, colour, and dipart of it) a most rational and solid dis

meusion ; whereas he that will not yield to course of the holy catholic Church.

these ceremonies, must be surprised at unAnother particular not needless to be

awares, by artificial stealth, and unsusknown, is this: the author's works at first were printed by piece-meal, as they came

pected glances, like the divine who was

drawn at distance from the pulpit, or an off hand, some at Oxford, some at Lon

ancient man in our days, whose statue being don, some fifty-seven, some forty-seven,

to be erected, the artificer that carved others thirty-seven years ago. The fourth book (of justifying faith,) was twice That which I have here designed (next to

it, was enforced to take him sleeping. printed in quarto; once in the year 1615, the glory of God, which is to be praised in å second time (divers years after) with all his saints) is the benefit of the Chrissome small variation in Obedience to the

tian reader, that he may learn by his exKing, who prohibited divines to meddle

ample, as well as by his writings, by his with quinquarticular controversies : this

life as well as by his works, which is the last edition is made according to the first

earnest desire of him who unfeignedly impression of that fourth book, as being wishes the health and salvation of your conceived to be the better.

souls. “ The nine Sermons printed and placed

E. VAGHAN. all together (tome 2, fol. 287, &c.) which apop the first folio bear this title, (divers Sermons, with a short treatise befitting mention of time and times, may make an these present times); and afterward fol. inquisitive reader desirous to know the 349, 351, have this title set before the time when these Sermons were preached; four latter Sermons, (a treatise concerning and that was, as I suppose, about the the signs of the times, or God's fore- year of our Lord 1635."-Ibid. Warnings): these, making (in their titles)


To the Editor of the Remembrancer. love to draw “ from the deep well SIR,

of English undefiled.” Its author

cannot with certainty be determinThe annexed simple and beautiful ed, but it was probably composed outline of the Christian faith, em- by John Rogers, distinguished as phatically termed “ The Conteņtes the first martyr in the reign of of the Scripture," has not, I be- Queen Mary, editor of the English lieve, received particular notice in Bible, to which these “ Contentes” any work relating to our early Eng- are prefixed; and translator of the lish Reformers. It will be accept- Apocrypha.

This Bible giving able to your readers, I hope, for its the [Roman] Clergy offence, was Herit, and doubly so to those who gotten to be restrained." -(Strype's

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