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TO GOD THE FATHERH..
Wilt thou forgive that fin where I begun,
Which was my fin, though it were done before?
And do run still though still I do deplore ?
For I have more.
Wilt thou forgive that fin, which I have won
Others to sin, and made my sin their door?
A year or two, but wallow'd in a score ?
For I have more.
I have a sin of fear, that when I've spun
My last thread, I shall perish on the shore :
Shall shine as he shines now and heretofore:
I fear no more.
I have the rather mentioned this hymn, for that he caused it to be set to a moft grave and solemn tune, and to be often sung to the organ by the
» This composition is not, surely, embellished with poetical beauties. The reader who is desirous of forming a just opinion of the merit of metaphysical poets, among whom Dr. Donne is to be ranked in the first class, will confult Dr. Johnson's remarks in his Life of Mr. Cowley. “We can have little inducement to peruse the works of men, who instead of writing poetry wrote only verse, who cannot be said to have imitated any thing, as they neither copied Nature from life, neither painted the forms of matter, nor represented the operations of intcllect. Deficient in the sublime and the pathetic, they abounded in hyperbole, in unnatural thoughts, violent fiajons, foolish conceits, expressions either grossly absurd, or indelicate and disgusting.". (Dr. Johnson's Works, vol. IX. P.-24.)
choristers of St. Paul's Church in his own hearing, especially at the evening service, and at his return from his customary devotions in that place, did occasionally say to a friend “ The words of this hymn have restored
to me the same thoughts of joy that possessed my soul in my sickness “ when I composed it. And, O the power of church-music'! that har
mony added to this hymn has raised the affections of my heart, and quickened my graces of zeal and gratitude; and I observe that I always return from paying this public duty of prayer and praise to God, with
an unexpressible tranquillity of mind, and a willingness to leave the “ world.”
After this manner did the disciples of our Saviour, and the best of Chriftians in those ages of the church nearest to his time, offer their praises to Almighty God; and the reader of St. Augustine's life may there find, that towards his dissolution he wept abundantly, that the enemies of Christianityhad broke in upon them, and prophaned and ruined their fanctuaries, and because their public hymns and lauds were lost out of their churches. And after this manner have many devout souls lifted up their hands and offered acceptable sacrifices unto Almighty God where Dr. Donne offered his, and now lies buried." But now, O Lord, how is that “ place become desolate'." -Anno 1656.
i On the antiquity, use, and excellence of church-music, fee “ Bishop Horne's fixteen Sermons on various Subjects and Occasions," p. 265.
* St. Augustin died after the Goths and Vandals had with much barbarous cruelty and bloodshedding over-run the greatest part of his native country of Africa ; only three cities of any note were preserved from their fury, of which his own city, Hippo, was one, though besieged by them fourteen months. According to his prayer he was delivered out of their hands by the mercy of God, who took him to himself during the time of the siege. See his Life written by Posidonius, and usually prefixed to his works.
1 By the votes of both Houses, made in the Long Parliament, Sept. 10-11, anno 1642, for the abolishing of bishops, deans, and chapters, the very foundation of this famous cathedral, says Sir William Dugdale, was utterly shaken in pieces. In the following year the famous cross in the churchyard, which had been for many ages the most noted and solemn place in this nation for the greatest divincs and greatest scholars to preach at, was pulled down
Before I proceed further, I think fit to inform the reader, that not long before his death he caused to be drawn a figure of the body of Christ, extended upon an anchor, like those which painters draw when they would present us with the picture of Christ.crucified on the cross; his varying no otherwise than to affix him not to a cross, but to an anchor (the emblem of hope); this he caused to be drawn in little, and then many of those figures thus drawn to be engraven very small in Helitropium stones ", and set in gold, and of those he sent to many of his dearest friends, to be used as seals or rings, and kept as memorials of him, and of his affection to them.
His dear friends and benefactors, Sir Henry Goodier", and Sir Robert Drewry, could not be of that number, nor could the Lady Magdalen
to the ground; the stalls of the Quire were also taken away; as also part of the pavement torn up, and monuments utterly demolished or defaced. The scaffolds erected for the repair of the church were given to the soldiers, and by them pits were dug for fawing up the timber in several places thereof, even where fome reverend bishops and other persons of quality lay interred; and afterwards the body of the church was frequently converted to a horse-quarter for foldiers. (See Kennet's Register and Chronicle, p. 549.)
The Heliotropium is a very beautiful species of jasper, and has been long known to the world as a gem. Its colour is a fine and strong green, sometimes pure and simple, but more frequently with an admixture of blue in it. It is moderately transparent in thin pieces, and is always veined, clouded, and spotted with a blood red. From this, its most obvious character, it has obtained among our jewellers the name of the blood-stone. (Lewis's Materia Medica.)
One of the gentlemen of his Majesty's Privy Chamber. To him Dr. Donne has addressed . several of his letters in the Collection, which was printed in 1651. .
“ To the honour of Sir Henry Goodyer of Polesworth, a Knight memorable for his vir tues," saith Camden, “ an affectionate friend of his made this tetrastick.”
“ An ill year of a Goodyer us bereft,
(Weever's Ancient. Fun, Monuments, p. 301.)
Herbert', the mother of George Herberi, for they had put off mortality, and taken possession of the grave before him; but Sir Henry Wotton and Dr. Hall”, the then late deceased Bishop of Norwich were; and so were Dr. Duppa, Bishop of Salisbury', and Dr. Henry King, Bishop of Chichester (lately deceased); men, in whom there was such a commixture of general learning, of natural eloquence, and Christian humility, that they deserve a commemoration by a pen equal to their own, which none have exceeded.
• Of this excellent woman fee“ Walton's Life of Mr. George Herbert."
p Dr. Joseph Hall, Bishop of Norwich. “ The learned have given him this character, that " he was · Our English Seneca,' dexterous at controversy, not unhappy at comments, very “ good at characters, better in sermons, best of all in meditations and contemplations, all “ which have long lince been put out in three volumes." (Magna Britannia, vol. III. p. 394.) Full of the spirit of Juvenal and Persius, he is considered as the first of our satirical poets. He introduces his celebrated work, “ Virgidemiarum” with these lines
-"I first adventure, follow me who litt,
His disapprobation of burying the dead-in churches is thus expresied in his last will: “I Jo“ seph Hall, D. D. not worthy to be called Bishop of Norwich, &c. First, I bequeath my “ soul, &c. my body I leave to be interred without any funeral pomp, at the direction of my “executors, with this only monition, that I do not hold God's house a meet repository for “ the dead bodies of the greatest saints.” Accordingly he himself was buried in the churchyard at Heigham near Norwich.--Compton, Bishop of London, entertained the same fentiments" The church for the living,—the churchyard for the dead.”
9 Dr. Bryan Duppa, translated from the fee of Chichester, to that of Salisbury, was de prived of all his preferment on the breaking out of the rebellion. Having faithfully continued his attendance on the king, to the time of his ever-to-be-lamented death, he afterward retired to Richmond in Surry, where he devoted himself to sudy and devotion. At the resten ration he was promoted to Winchester; and died, March 26, 1662. On the day preceding his death, Charles II. to whom he had been preceptor, visited him in his bed-chamber, and on his bended knees implored his benediction. “ He died," says Wood, “ as he lived, “ honoured and beloved of all that knew him; a person of so clear and eminent candour, that “ he left not the least spot upon his life or function, maugre the busy fedition of those who 66 then, as before, blacked the very surplice, and made the liturgy profane."
And in this enumeration of his friends, though many must be omitted, yet that man of primitive piety, Mr. George Herbert, inay not : I mean that George Herbert, who was the author of “ The Temple, or Sacred Poems and Ejaculations ;” a book, in which, by declaring his own spiritual conflicts, he hath comforted and raised many a dejected and discomposed foul, and charmed them into sweet and quiet thoughts ; a book, by the frequent reading whereof, and the assistance of that spirit that seemed to inspire the author, the reader may attain habits of peace and piety, and all the gifts of the Holy Ghost and heaven, and may by still reading, still keep those facred fires burning upon the altar of so pure a heart, as shall free it from the anxieties of this world, and keep it fixed upon things that are above. Betwixt this George Herbert and Dr. Donne there was a long and dear friendship, made up by such a sympathy of inclinations, that they coveted and joyed to be in each other's company; and this happy friendship was still maintained by many facred endearments, of which that which followeth may be some testimony.
TO MR. GEORGE HERBERT,
SENT HIM WITH ONE OF MY SEALS OF THE ANCHOR AND CHRIST.
A peaf of snakes used heretofore to be my seal, which is the crest of our poor family.
Qui prius assuetus serpentum falce tabellas
Adopted in God's family, and so