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But this is certain, that the nearer he was to his death, the more he grew in humility, in holy thoughts, and resolutions.

About a month before his death, this good man, that never knew, or at least never considered the pleasures of the palate, became first to lose his appetite, and then to have an averseness to all food, insomuch, that he seemed to live some intermitted weeks by the smell of meat only, and yet still studied and wrote. And now his guardian angel seemed to foretel him, that his years were past away as a shadow, bidding him prepare to follow the generation of his fathers, for the day of his dissolution drew near; for which his vigorous foul appeared to thirst*..

In this time of his sickness, and not many days before his death, his house was robbed; of which he having notice, his question was, “ Are my books “ and written papers safe?” and being answered that they were, his reply was,

“ Then it matters not, for no other loss can trouble me." About one day before his death, Dr. Saravia, who knew the very secrets of his soul (for they were supposed to be confessors to each other), came to: him, and after a conference of the benefit, the necessity, and safety of the church's absolution, it was resolved the doctor should give him both that and the sacrament the day following. To which end the doctor came, and after a short retirement and privacy, they returned to the company; and then the doctor gave him and some of those friends that were with him the blessed sacrament of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus.. Which being performed, the doctor thought he saw a reverend gaiety and joy in his face; but it lasted. not long; for his bodily infirmities did return suddenly, and became more visible; insomuch, that the doctor apprehended death ready to seize him : yet, after some amendment, left him at night, with a promise to return early the day following ; which he did, and then found him better in ap



* “ The chamber where the good man meets his fate

Is privileged beyond the common walk
“ Of virtuous life, quite in the verge of heaven.
“ Fly, ye profane ! if nut, draw near with awe,
“ Receive the blessing, and adore the chance
" That threw in this Bethesda your disease ;
« If unrestor'd by this, despair your cure..

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pearance, deep in contemplation, and not inclinable to discourse; which gave the doctor occasion to inquire his present thoughts : to which he replied, “That he was meditating the number and nature of angels', and “ their blessed obedience and order, without which, peace could not be in “heaven; and oh! that it might be so on earth !” After which words, he said, “I have lived to see this world is made up of perturbations, and I “ have been long preparing to leave it, and gathering comfort for the dread“ful hour of making my account with God, which I now apprehend to be

near : And though I have by his grace loved him in my youth, and feared “him in mine age, and laboured to have a conscience void of offence to

him, and to all men ; yet if thou, O Lord, be extreme to mark what I “ have done amiss, who can abide it? And, therefore, where I have failed, “ Lord, shew mercy to me; for I plead not my righteousness, but the for

giveness of my unrighteousness, for his merits who died to purchase a pardon for penitent sinners. And since I owe thee a death, Lord, let it “ not be terrible, and then take thine own time; I submit to it! Let not

mine, O Lord, but let thy will be done!” With which expression he fell into a dangerous Number ; dangerous as to his recovery ; yet recover he did, but it was to speak only these few words: “ Good doctor, God “ hath heard my daily petitions; for I am at peace with all men, and he

is at peace with me; and from which blessed assurance, I feel that inward joy which this world can neither give nor take from me.” More he would have spoken, but his fpirits failed him; and, after a short conflict betwixt nature and death, a quiet sigh put a period to his last breath, and fo he fell asleep?.


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, That Mr. Hooker in the full vigour of his understanding did lift up his eyes as it were from the footstool to the throne of God to consider the state of heavenly and divine creatures, see “ Eccles. Polity,” B. I. g. iv. “ The subject which engaged Mr. Hooker's dying thoughts “ought conftantly to engage our living ones; fince in the prayer composed and delivered out " to his disciples by our Lord and Saviour, the obedience of the angels is proposed as the pat“tern to be imitated by us, as the copy after which we should diligently write, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.(Bisbop Horne's Sermons, Vol. IV. p. 322.)

z He died Nov. 2, 1600. Thus the day of his death was noted by Archbishop Laud, in the title-page of his copy of “The Ecclesiastical Polity.”

And here I draw his curtain, till with the most glorious company of the patriarchs and apostles, the most noble army of martyrs and confessors, this most learned, most humble, holy man, shall also awake to receive an eternal tranquillity, and with it a greater degree of glory than common Christians shall be made partakers of. In the mean time, Bless, O Lord! Lord, bless his brethren, the clergy of this nation, with ardent desires, and effectual endeavours to attain, if not to his great learning, yet to his remarkable meekness, bis godly fimplicity, and his Christian moderation : for these are praise-worthy; these bring peace at the last! And let the labours of his life, his most excellent writings, be blessed with what he designed when he undertook them: which was glory to thee, O God on high, peace in thy church, and good will to many kind. Amen, Amen.

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ND now having by a long and laborious search satisfied myself, and, I

hope, my reader, by imparting to him the true relation of Mr. Hooker's life; I am desirous also to acquaint him with some observations that relate to it, and which could not properly fall to be spoken till after his death, of which my reader may expect a brief and true account in the following Appendix.

And first, it is not to be doubted but that he died in the forty-seventh, if not in the forty-sixth year of his age; which I mention, because many have believed him to be more aged; but I have so examined it, as to be confident, I mistake not; and for the year of his death, Mr. Camden, who in his Annals of Queen Elizabeth,” 1599, mentions him with a high commendation of his life and learning, declares him to die in the year 1599; and yet in that inscription of his monument“, set up at the charge of Sir


* The following is an accurate copy of the inscription on Mr Hooker's monument :


GELIUM. Cor. iv. 15.


William Cooper in Borne church, where Mr. Hooker was buried, his death is said to be anno 1603, but doubtless both are mistaken; for I have it attested under the hand of William Somner the archbishop's register for the province of Canterbury, that Richard Hooker's will bears date October the 26th in anno 1600, and that it was proved the third of December followingo. And this attested also, that at his death he left four daughters,


Sir William Cowper, who erected this monument, was the great grandfather of William, the first Earl Cowper, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain. He was created first a Baronet of Nova Scotia, and afterward a Baronet of England in 1641. He suffered imprisonment, the loss of his son, and other great calamities, for his fidelity to Charles I. He outlived all his troubles, residing at his castle of Hertford, and famed for his hospitality, charity, and other Christian virtues, ofteny visiting his poor neighbours at their houses, and relieving them in private according to their necessities.

• The following is extracted from the registry of the archdeacon's court of Canterbury.

In the name of God Amen This life and twentieth of Datober in the yeare of our Lold one thousand and lire hundred J Richard hooker of Bithopes boune though ficke in bodye yet Counde in minde thankes be unto allmightye God doe opdaine and make this my last will and testament in manner and forme followinge Firl I bequeth my soule unto Allmightye God my creatoz hopinge alluredly of my salvation purchaled thorough the death of Christ Jesus and my bodye to the earth to be buried at the discretion of mine erecuto Item 1 give and bequeth unto my daughter Alice Hooker one hundred pounds of lawfull Englishe money to be paide unto her at the daye of her marriage Item 1 give and bequeth unto my daughter Cicilye Hooker one hundred pounds of lawful Englithe money to be paid unto her at the daye of her marriage Item 1 give and bequethe unto my daughter Jane Hooker one hundred pounds of law: ful Englishe inoney to be paid unto her at the day of her marriage Item 3 give unto my daughter Margaret Hooker one hundred pounds of lawful Englishe moneye to be paid unto her at the day of her marriage and if it shall happen any of my laid daugh: ters to departe this life before the daye of their said marriage then I will that her od their požtion so dieinge ihal be equally divided amonge her oy their listers survivinge Item 1 give and bequeth unto the poor of the pitie of bacha five pounds of lawful money to be paid unto them by mine erecuto? Item give unto the poore of the pithe of Bishopesbozne fiftye Millings of lawfill Englithe money to be paid unto them by mine erecuto? Item 3 give and bequerh three pounds of lawsul Englishe money to: wards the buildinge and makeing of a nese and suficient pulpett in the pithe church


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