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IN these things we also have been but too like the song of Israel; for when we sinned as greatly, we also have groaned under as great and sad a calamity. For we have not only felt the evils of an intestine war, but God hath smitten us in our spirit, and laid the scene of his judgments especially in religion.-But I delight not to observe the correspondencies of such sad accidents : they do but help to vex the offending part, and relieve the afflicted but with a fantastic and groundless comfort. I will therefore deny leave to my own affections to ease themselves by complaining of others. I shall only crave leave, that I may remember Jerusalem, and call to mind the pleasures of the temple, the order of her services, the beauty of her buildings, the sweetness of her songs, the decency of her ministrations, the assiduity and economy of her priests and levites, the daily sacrifice, and that eternal fire of devotion, that went not out by day nor by night. These were the pleasures of our peace; and there is a remanent felicity in the very memory of those spiritual delights, which we then enjoyed as antepasts of heaven, and consignations to an immortality of joys. And it may be so again, when it shall please God, who hath the hearts of all princes in his hand, and turneth them as the rivers of waters, and when men will consider the invaluable loss that is consequent, and the danger of sin that is appendant to the destroying of such forms of discipline and devotion, in which God was purely worshipped, and the church was edified, and the people instructed to great degrees of piety, knowledge, and devotion.
THE following account of Dr. Henry Hammond is a republication of The Life of the most learned, s'everend and pious Dr. H. Hammond, written by John Fell, D. D. Dean of Christ Church in Oxford; the second edition; London, 1662; of which the first edition came out in the year preceding.
DOCTOR HENRY HAMMOND.
DOCTOR HENRY HAMMOND, whose life is now attempted to be written, was born upon the eighteenth of August in the year 1005, at Chertsey in Surry, a place formerly of remark for Julius Cæsar's supposed passing his army there over the Thames, in his enterprise upon this island; as also for the entertainment of devotion in its earliest reception by our Saxon ancestors; and of later years, for the charity of having given burial to the equally pious and unfortunate prince king Henry VI.
He was the youngest son of Dr. John Hammond physician to prince Henry; and from that great favourer of meriting servants and their relations, had the honour at the Font to receive his christian
Nor had he an hereditary interest in learning only from his father; by his mother's side he was allied both unto it and the profession of theology, being descended from Dr. Alexander Nowel, the reverend dean of St. Paul's, that great and happy instrument of the reformation, and eminent light of the English church.
Being yet in his long coats, (which heretofore were usually worn beyond the years of infancy',)
· The years of infancy.) “When about seven years old” (it is related of Williams, afterwards Archbishop of York, the antagonist and rival of Archbisliop Laud, that) " He took a 22