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Of sun, and moon, and starry constellations,
Thou end of all my grief, thou happy date
Of care, and pain, and ev'ry human ill.

SOLILOQUY IV.
Absolve the penance of mortality,
And let me now commence the life divine.
I sicken for enlargement : where's the bar?
Thy Spirit is not straighten’d, Thou canst raise
Thy creature to what eminence thou wilt :
Uomerited, the brightest ranks above
Receiv'd their flame, and purity from Thee.

I dare not article with the Most High,
Nor boast but of my want and emptiness.
Let me be poor, necessitous, and low,
Or any thing, that Thou may'st be advanc'd.
If I must glory, let me glory here,
That I can make no claim, nor ask reward.
Oh! be Thy goodness free; give like Thyself,
And be Thy own magnificence the rule.
Still undiminish'd is Thy endless store.
Eternal bounty.cannot lessen Thee.
Why shouldst Thou bound Thyself and check the
Of Thy own glorious nature, which is all [course
O’erflowing love, and pure beneficence ?
'Tis Thy delight and glory to dispense
Treasures of wisdom, life, and heav'nly love
To souls that pine and languish after 'I'bee.

O! Thou canst never lavish out Thy store.
The sun that from his radiant exaltation
Looks down and blesses universal nature,
Nor from the meanest worm keeps back his rays,
That sun is but a feeble type of Thee.
Millions of happy beings draw in life
And pleasure from thy smiles, yet still the spring
The fresh the ever rising springs of joy
Unwasted flow.-Thou to Thy glorious Self
Art all sufficient, still the plenitude.
Of Thy own bliss, and canst Thou not supply

The utmost wishes of created minds?
The following Lines were found on her Table, in her dying

Moments, supposed to have been written just before.
O guide, and counsel, and protect, my soul from sin.
O speak! and let me know thy heav'nly will;

Speak evidently to my list’ning soul.
O fill my soul with love, and light, and peace,
And whisper heav'nly comfort to my soul!
O speak, celestial spirit, in the strain
Of love and heav'nly pleasure to my soul !

MEMOIRS OF ILLUSTRIOUS WOMEN.

LADY JANE GREY.

This highly distinguished lady was the eldest daughter of Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, and of Lady Frances Brandon, niece of King Henry VIII. She was of the most

amiable character, accomplished by the best education, both in literature and in religion. Her countenance was sweet and dignified ; her disposition mild and modest; and her deportment courteous and affable. She was nearly of the same age as her cousin, King Edward VI. and seemed to possess even greater facility in acquiring every branch of polite literature. She obtained a familiar knowledge of the Roman, Greek, French, and Italian languages; she spent much of her time in application to learning; and expressed a great indifference for the amusements usual with her age and rank. Roger Ascham, tutor to the lady Elizabeth, having one day paid her a visit, at Broadgate,

her father's seat in Leicestershire, found her employed in reading Plato, while the rest of the family were engaged in a party of hunting in the park. On his admiring the singularity of her choice, she told him that she received more pleasure from that author, than they could derive from all their sport and gaiety. She was then under the tuition of Mr. Elmer (afterwards Bishop of London) one of her father's chaplains; to whose kind and gentle treatment, which formed a striking contrast to the severity she experienced from her parents, she attributed the great delight which she took in study,

Nor was she deficient in the usual accomplishments of her sex and station. Sir Thomas Cbaloner, who was cotemporary with her, particularly says, that she was well skilled in instrumental music; wrote a fine hand; and excelled in the performances of the needle.

She early imbibed the principles of the Protestant reli

gion : which she embraced, as a learned writer observes, not from outward compliance with the current of the times, but because her excellent judgment had been fully satisfied of their truth and purity. Bishop Burnet says, that he possessed copies, from the originals in her own hand, of two Latin letters which she wrote to Bullinger, in a pure and unaffected style. She was then entering on the study of the Hebrew language, in the method thal Bullinger recommended to her. She expresses in these letters high respect for him, great modesty, and a singular zeal for religion.

Some weeks previous to King Edward's death, this excellent lady married Lord Guilford Dudley, the fourth son of the Duke of Northumberland; and at the same time, her sister, Lady Catharine Grey, married Lord Herbert, the eldest son of the Earl of Pembroke.

The illustrious descent, and still more illustrious merit, of Lady Jane, gave full

scope to the intriguing spirit, and ambitious views of the Duke of Northumberland. He artfully represented to the young king, that his two sisters, Mary and Elizabeth, had each of them been declared illegitimate by an act of parliament, during the late king's reign; that the Queen of Scots was excluded from the succession by Henry's will; that the certain consequence of the Lady Mary's accession to the throne, would be the repeal of the laws enacted in favour of the Reformation, and the re-establishment of the usurpations and idolatry of the church of Rome; that when these three princesses were excluded, the succession devolved on the Duchess of Suffolk; and that she was willing to resign her right, to her eldest daughter, Lady Jane, whose virtnes and accomplishments rendered her highly worthy of a crown. These, and many other specious reasonings, all tending to the same point, produced a strong impression on the mind of the young prince. His zealous attachment to the Protestant religion, made him deeply sensible of the fatal consequences that would most probably ensue, if so bigoted a Roman Catholic as his sister Mary should succeed to the throne. And, though he bore a tender affection to his sister Elizabeth, who was liable to no such objection, means were found to persuade him, that he could not exclude the one sister, on account of illegitimacy, without giving an exclusion to the other also.

The languishing state of the king's health, and the prospect of his approaching dissolution, made Northumberland ibe more intent on the execution of his scheme. And, at

length, by various artifices, he prevailed on the young prince to give his final consent to the projected settleinent. Letters patent were drawn up to that effect, which the judges and privy counsellors were induced to sign : but the whole transaction was illegal, not being sanctioned by the parliament.

After the king's death, Northumberland, accompanied by the Duke of Suffolk, the Earl of Pembroke, and other noblemen, went to Sion-house, iv here Lady Jane then resided; and informed her of her succession to the throne. She received the intelligence with equal grief and surprise, her heart being a stranger to the flattering allurements of ambition. She expressed much sorrow for the king's death. She even refused to accept the crown, pleading the preferable title of the two princesses, Mary and Elizabeth; and alledging that she should be afraid of burthening her conscience by assuming tò herself the rights of others. Overcome at last by the entreaties, rather than by the reasons, of her father, and her father-in-law, and above all, of her husband, she was prevailed on to relinquish her own judgment. Northumberland immediately conveyed her to the Tower; where it was then usual for the sovereigns of England to pass the first days after their accession. On the following day, July the 10th, 1553, she was proclaimed queen: but the superior title of Mary was so generally acknowledged throughout the kingdom, and so ably supported by her friends and adherents, that the Duke of Northumberland soon became sensible that his cause was hopeless. Lady Jane, after the vain pageantry of wearing a crown during ten days, resigned it without regret. She and her husband were detained prisoners in the Tower. The Duke of Northumberland and two of his accomplices were condemned, and executed. The Duke of Suffolk was taken into custody; but soon recovered his liberty, being considered merely as the dupe and tool of Northumberland's ambition. Sentence was pronounced against Lady Jane and Lord Guilford; but without any present intention of putting it in execution, their youth, and the peculiar circumstances in which they had been placed, pleading strongly in their favour.

In January, 1554, an insurrection broke out, beaded by Sir Thomas Wyat; in which the Duke of Suffolk was induced to engage, from the hope of recovering the crown for his daughter. This insurrection was soon quelled; but it hastened the end of Lady Jane, as well as of her husband. Her father's guilt was imputed to her; and the

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queen, incapable of generosity or clemency, determined to remove every person from whom the least danger could be apprehended. 'Warning was given Lady Jane to prepare for death: a doom which she had long expected ; and which the innocence of her life, her misfortunes, and her assured hope of everlasting happiness in a better world, could not bui render welcome to her. The queen's bigoted zeal, under colour of tender mercy to the prisoner's soul, induced her to send Dr. Fecknam, afterwards Abbot of Wesmiaster, to reason with her, and endeavour to reconcile her to the church of Rome; and even a reprieve for three days was granted, in hopes of accomplishing the design. In these affecting circuinstances Lady Jane defended the principles of her religion, with great mildness of temper, and solidity of argument. At length Dr. Feckman, finding all bis efforts ineffectual, took his leave of her. Other priests also visited her, and harrassed her with disputation; but her constancy remained unshaken.

She wrote a pious and affectionate letter to her father; who, soon after her death, was tried, condemned, and executed. She exhorted him to moderate his grief on her account; assuring him that she rejoiced at her approaching end, since nothing could be more welcome to her, than to be delivered from this valley of misery, and advanced to the heavenly throne, to which she aspired; and where she earnestly prayed, they wouid meet at last.

The night before her execution she gent her Greek Testament to her sister, with a letter, written in Latin, or, as some authors say, in Greek, to the following import :

I send you, my dear sister Catharine, a book, which, though it is not outwardly adorned with gold, is inwardly of more worth than precious stones. It is the book of the law of the Lord; and the covenant of the New Testament, which God has 'granted to us miserable sinners. If, with an earnest mind, you read it, and follow its precepts, it will lead you to true happiness, and everlasting life. It will teach you how to live, and how to die. It will procure for you possessions more valuable than those you would have obtained from your father, if God had prospered him in the world. For if you apply diligently to ihis book, and make it the rule of your life, you will become an inheritor of riches, which the covetous cannot withdraw from you; nor thieves steal, nor moths corrupt.

Dear sister, earnestly desire, with David, to understand the law of the Lord. Live in daily preparation for death;

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