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alive: where now he rests in peace, and full assurance of a glorious resurrection.
Having thus given a faithful, though imperfect, draught of this excellent person, whose virtues are so far from imitation by practice, that they exercise and strain the comprehension of words; and having shewed how much he has merited of this nation in its most pressing exigents, both by his writings and by his example, and perchance above both these by his unwearied intercession in devotion; it may possibly be neither useless nor unacceptable to offer a request unto the reader in his behalf, and shew him an expedient whereby he may pay his debt of gratitude, and eminently oblige this holy saint though now with God.
It is this, to add unto his account in the day of retribution by taking benefit by his performances : and as he being dead yet speaks, so let him persuade likewise ;
That the covetous reader would now at his request put off his sordid vice, and take courage to be liberal, assured by his example, that if in the worst of times profuseness could make rich, charity shall never bring to beggary :
That the proud opinionated person on the same terms would in civility to him descend from his fond heights, instructed here that lowly meekness shall compass great respects, and instead of hate or flattery be waited on with love and veneration :
That the debauched or idle would leave upon score his lewd unwarrantable joys, convinced that strict and rugged virtue made an age of sun-shine, a life of constant smiles, amidst the dreadfullest tempests; taught the gout, the stone, the cramp, the cholic, to be treatable companions, and made it eligible to live in bad times and die in flourishing :
That the angry man, who calls passion at least justice, possibly zeal and duty, would for his sake assume a different temper, believe that arguments may be answered by saying reason, calumnies by saying no, and railings by saying nothing:
The coward and disloyal, that durst not own in words, much less by service and relief, his prince, that complimented his apostasy and treason by the soft terms of changing an interest, will from hence learn that the surest way to safety is to have but one interest, and that espoused so firmly as never to be changed; since such a constancy was that which a Cromwell durst not perecute :
That the employed in business would from hence dismiss their fears of regular piety, their suspicion that devotion would hinder all dispatch and manage of affairs ; since it appeared, his constant office (like the prayer of Joshua, which made the sun stand still) seemed to have rendered unto him each day as long as two :
That the ambitious person, especially the ecclesiastic, would think employment and high place a stewardship, that renders debtors both to God and man, a residence at once of constant labour and attendance too; a precipice that equally exposes both to envy and to ruin : and consequently to be that which should become our greatest fear and terror, but at no hand our choice : since it was that which this heroic constancy was not ashamed to own a dread of, and whose appearance did render death itself relief and rescue :
Lastly, that the narrow self-designing person, who understands no kindness but advantage; the sensual, that knows no love but lust; the intemperate, that owns no companion but drink; may all at once from him reform their brutish errors: since he has made it evident, that a friend does fully
satisfy satisfy these distant and importunate desires, being as the most innocent and certainly ingenuous entertainment, so besides that the highest mirth, the greatest interest, and surest pleasure in the world.
They that had the happiness of a personal acquaintance with this best of men, this saint, who seems in our decays of ancient virtue lent us by special providence even for this end and purpose, that we might not disbelieve the faith of history delivering the excellency of primitive christians, know with what thirst and eagerness of soul he sought the spiritual advantage of any single man how mean soever, with what enjoyment he beheld the recovery
any such from an ill course and habit. And whatever apprehensions other men may have, they will be easily induced to think, that if blessed spirits have commerce with earth, (as surely we have reason to believe it somewhat more than possible) they, I say, will resolve it a connatural and highlyagreeable accession unto his fruitions, that when there is joy in the presence of the angels of God for a sinner that repents, he may be an immediate accessory to that blessed triumph, and be concerned beyond the rate of a bare spectator.
Persuasions to piety now-a-days are usually in scorn called preaching : but it is to be hoped that this, how contemptible an office soever it be grown, will be no indecency in this instance; that it will not be absurd if his history, who deservedly was reckoned among the best of preachers, whose life was the best of sermons, should bear a correspondence to its subject, and professedly close with an application : that it adjures all persons to be what they promised God Almighty they would be in their baptismal vows, what they see the glorious saints and martyrs and confessors, and in particular this holy man has been before them; be what is
most honourable, most easy and advantageous to be at present; and, in a word, to render themselves such as they desire to be upon their deathbeds, before they leave the world, and then would be for ever.
Which blest atchievement as it was the great design of the excellent doctor's both words and writings, bis thoughts and actions, is also (besides the payment of a debt to friendship and to virtue) the only aim of this imperfect, but yet affectionate and well-meant, account: and may Almighty God by the assistance of his grace give all of these this their most earnestly-desired effect and issue!
By the generous piety of the Right Reverend Father in God Humphrey Lord Bishop of Sarum, there is now erected to the sacred memory of this great person in the parish-church of Hampton, the place of his interment, a fair monument of white marble bearing this inscription.
Ad cujus Nomen assurgit
Quod Auro, non Atramento,
Theologus omnium consummatissimus,
Sacri Codicis Interpres
In cujus Scriptis
Docendi Methodus utilissima,
Hammodus (inquam) ó wávu,
Exuvias Mortis venerandas
M DC LX.
The marble tablet would receive no more in charge: but ours indulging greater liberty, I shall set down the whole elogie, as it grew upon the affectionate pen of the Reverend Doctor T. Pierce, who was employed to draw it up.
Sed latere qui voluit, Ipsas Latebras illustrat;
Et Pagum aliàs obscurum
Invitus cogit inclarescere.
Qui, nisi αξιομνημόνευτον,