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experience, and men that could of likelihode best certify him of that matter, concerning the stopping of Sandwich haven. Among others came in before him an olde man with a white head, and one that was thought to be litle lesse than an hundereth yeares

olde. When Maister More saw this aged man, he thought it expedient to heare him say his minde in this matter, for being so olde a man it was likely that he knew most of any man in that presence and company. So Maister More called this olde aged man unto him, and sayd, Father,' sayd he, tell me if ye can, what is the cause of this great arising of the sande and shelves here about this haven, the which stop it up that no shippes can arive here? Ye are the oldest man that I can espie in all this companye, so that if any man can tell any cause of it, ye of likelihode can say most in it, or at least wise more than any other man here assembled.'

Yea forsooth, good maister,' quod this olde man, 'for I am well nigh an hundreth yeares olde, and no man here in this company anything neare unto mine age.'

• Well then,' quod Maister More, "how say you in this matter? What thinke ye to be the cause of these shelves and flattes that stoppe up Sandwiche haven?' `Forsooth, Syr,' quoth he, 'I am an olde man: I thinke that Tenterton steeple is the cause of Goodwin Sandes. For I am an olde man, Syr,' quod he, . and I may remember the building of Tenterton steeple, and I may remember when there was no steeple at all there. And before that Tenterton steeple was in building, there was no maner of speaking of any flats or sands that stopped the haven; and therefore I thinke that Tenterton steeple is the cause of the destroying and decaying of Sandwich haven.'...And even so, to my purpose, is preaching of God's worde the cause of rebellion, as Tenterton steeple is a cause that Sandwich haven is decayed.”Latimer's Sermons, fol. 109, edition 1575.

Large households of retainers, liable to be cast off

p. 97.

“ It is as usual,” says Fuller, " to see a young serving man an old beggar, as to see a light horse first from the great saddle of a nobleman to come to the hackney coach, and at last die in drawing car."Holy State, p. 16.

Possibly this passage may have suggested to Dibdin his song of “The high-mettled race-horse,"..which ought to be printed in every spelling-book, and learnt by heart in every nursery.

Eduard VI. p. 101.

“ Some foreign writers have observed, that the hope of this land while he lived, Edward the Sixth, did die upon the selfsame day (after revolution of some years) in which his father had

put Sir Thomas More to death; a man otherwise faulty, yet so true a pattern of moral justice, as it cannot seem strange, if the righteous Judge did take special notice of King Henry's dealing with him, and insert the day of his death in his everlasting kalendar, to be after signed with the untimely death of King Henry's only son."-Jackson, vol. ii. p. 275.

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Assuredly the sincere good-will will be accepted for

the deed.-p. 103.

“ Verum ego” (ait apud Curtium Rex Macedo,) “ qui non annos meos, sed victorias numero, si munera fortunæ bene computo, diu vixi.”

Quanto veriùs is, qui vitam suam omnem Deo consecrat, suoque solùm Domino placere studet et servire, fidenter

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dicat. “Ego, qui non annos meos, quibus Deo servio, sed desideria mea numero, si beneficia Domini mei bene computo, diu vixi.”

Sic est profectò: Centum, imò mille annos, imò sæcula vivit, et Deo servit, quisquis ex animo veréque cupit centenis vel millenis annis, aut multis sæculis Deo servire, si vivere tot annis liceret. Nam apud Deum voluntas pro facto sumitur, apud quem seriò voluisse facere, sæpe tantumdem est, quantum fecisse.” -Drexelius, Æternitatis Prod. tom. i. p. 41.

It is an observation of Mercier's that despotism loves large cities ;.. insubordination and anarchy like them quite as well.—p. 107.

Hobbes says, alluding to the part taken by London in the Great Rebellion, “ there can hardly arise a long or dangerous rebellion, that has not some such overgrown city with an army or two in its belly to foment it." (Behemoth, p. 549 of his Moral and Political Works.)

A preacher, who lived long enough to perceive the errors of his early course, to choose the better part, and to leave behind him a good and honourable name, speaks thus, in one of his Sermons before the House of Commons, of the service which London rendered to the Parliamentary cause.

“London, the mirror of wonder, of love, zeal, constancy, and bounty to you and your cause : London, the ark that hath kept you safe in this deluge of blood that hath overflowed the nation : London, your Ophir and India that supplied you with masses of money and plate in all your wants : London, your bank and stock of honors and hearts : London, yours so much that

you had not been what you are, if it had not been for London: London, that, under a parliament, hath preserved a nation ; and London, that, under God, hath preserved a parliament; ..Was it ever seen, or could it ever be related, that any city under heaven ever did as London hath done, in love and kindness to your cause and you.”—Lightfoot, vol. vi.

p. 120.

You might have seen me derive instruction while I was

giving it.-p. 125. The same thought is prettily expressed by Hurdis in his Tragedy of “ Sir Thomas More.”

Sir Thomas. And what have you conversed of?

Nothing, Sir,
Worth your attention.

Sir Thomas. But perhaps it was.
I love to hearken to the simple chat
Of prattling infants. From the lip of youth
I draw a sweeter pleasure to remark
How reason dawns toward her perfect day,
How passion kindles and impels the soul
To all the useful purposes of life.

Children.-p. 126.

“ Little children,” said Luther, “ stand on the best terms with God. We old doting fools torment ourselves, and have sorrow of heart with our disputings touching the Word, whether it be true or not. But children with simple, pure faith, hold it without all doubting. Now if we would be saved, we must, like them, give ourselves to the Word. But the wicked and crafty Spirit, before we be aware, can cun

ningly draw us from it, by presenting new dealings and business to keep us in action. Therefore best it were for us early to die, and to be covered over with the spade.

Loving children live innocently, and know of no sins : they are without malice, wrath, covetousness, unbelief, &c: : what they hear concerning Christ and the life to come, they believe simply and plainly, and prattle joyfully thereof. From whence Christ speaketh unto us old ones earnestly to follow their example, when he saith, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall in no wise enter therein.' For children believe aright, and Christ loveth them with their childish sports.

On the contrary, he is an enemy to the wisdom of the world."-Colloquia Mensalia, p. 200,

John Fox, and the sight of a slaughter-house.-p. 129.

The passage

alluded to is in a letter written by this excellent man to Queen Elizabeth, interceding, unhappily without effect! for ten poor Anabaptists, who were condemned to the flames, by the yet unrepealed laws which had been enacted under the Romish Clergy. He says, " Ac neque hominum solùm, utinam et pecudibus ipsis opitulari possum. Ita enim cum (stultè fortassis hæc de meipso, at verè dico) macellum ipsum ubi mactantur etiam pecudes, vix prætereo, quin tacito quodam doloris sensu mens refugiat."

There is a beautiful passage upon this subject in a late sermon by Mr. Woodward, which the reader who has not seen it, may thank me for here presenting to his notice.

“ Here we live in the very region of death. The whole creation, irrational as well as rational, groaneth and travaileth in pain together, under the iron sceptre of this king of terrors. And surely, if life in every other respect yielded the purest

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