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MR. RICHARD HOOKER,
THE AUTHOR OF THOSE LEARNED BOOKS
OF THE LAWS OF ECCLESIASTICAL POLITY.
TO HIS VERY WORTHY FRIEND
MR. IZAAK WALTON,
Upon his writing and publishing the LIFE of the venerable and judicious
MR. RICHARD HOOKER.
H AIL, sacred mother?! British Church, all hail!
From whose fruitful loins have sprung
Of pious sons so great a throng
When destitute and quite forlorn,
Thy veil all rent, and all thy garments torn:
Too much, alas! thou didst resemble then
Sion thy pattern-Sion in ashes laid,
Despis’d, forsaken, and betray'd;
Sion thou dost resemble once agen,
Threnes only to thee could that time belong,
• The church of England emerging from those dreadful calamities in which she had been involved by the artifices of those men, who, under the pretence of zeal for the cause of religion, meditated her entire destruction, is here not unaptly pourtrayed under the figure of an afflicted parent
“ Her veil all rent, and all her garments torn.”
She was then the subject of elegiac lamentation. The scene is happily changed; and she is here addressed in the language of praise and exultation.
(As it in vision was to Efdras shown)
Bless's Charles, who his forefathers has outgone,
Let a new city rise with beauteous state,
Lo! how the sacred fabric up does rise!
The axe's and the hammer's noise
'Tis up, and at the altar stand
With harps and incense in their hand.
Th’inferior priests, the while,
Need not the weary hours beguile,
Enough's the single duty of each day,
And tho' but lately enter'd there,
So ready and attent to hear
See 2 Efdras, from chap. ix. 38, to the end of the tenth chapter.
. See 1 Kings vi. 7.
a Dr. Woodford, the author of this poem, was ordained by Bishop Morley in the year in which these yerses were written,