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those many friends that observed him, to be well prepared, and to be both patient and free from all fear, as several of his letters writ on this his last fick-bed may testify. And thus he continued till about the beginning of December following, at which time he was seized more violently with a quotidian fever, in the tenth fit of which fever his better part, that part of Sir Henry Wotton which could not die, put off mortality with as much content and cheerfulness as human frailty is capable of, being then in great tranquillity of mind, and in perfect peace with God and man.
And thus the circle of Sir Henry Wotton's life that circle which began at Bocton, and in the circumference thereof did first touch at Winchester school, then at Oxford, and after upon fo many remarkable parts and passages in Christendom-that circle of his life was by death thus closed up and completed, in the seventy-second year of his age, at Eaton College, where, according to his will, he now lies buried, with his motto on a plain grave-stone over him. Dying worthy of his name and family ; worthy of the love and favour of so many Princes and persons of eminent wisdom and learning, worthy of the trust committed unto him for the service of his Prince and country,
And all readers are requested to believe, that he was worthy of a more worthy pen to have preserved his memory and commended his merits to the imitation of pofterity.
TIIE WORKS OF SIR HENRY WOTTON.
SIR HENRY WOTTON is addressed as a poet by Bastard the epigrammatist, in the following lines :
“ Wotton, the country and the country swaine,
“ How can they yeelde a poet any sense?
" How can they feed him with intelligence?
" In happy London, England's fayrest eye:
“ Which have the foode and life of poetry.
“ Or bear a part, as clownes doe in a play." His Poems were collected by Isaac Walton, and inserted in “ RELIQUIÆ WOTTONIANÆ; or, a Collection of Lives, Letters, Poems with Characters of sundry Personages, and other incomparable Pieces of Language and Art: By the cu. rious Pencil of the ever memorable Sir Henry Wotton, Kt. late Provost of Eaton College, 1651." A second edition in 4to appeared in 1654: a third in 1672. In the fourth edition which appeared in 1685, is the valuable addition of letters to the Lord Zouch.
This collection contains the “ TREATISE on the ELEMENTS of ARCHITECTURE,” first published in 1624, 4to. This Treatise is still held in great estimation, has been tranflated into Latin, and annexed to the works of Vitruvius, and to Freart's “ Parallel of the Ancient Architecture with the Modern."
In Cibber's, or rather Shield's Lives of the Poets, the only specimen given of Sir Henry Wotton's poetry, is the famous composition, « THE WORLD'S A BUBBLE," which, in “ The Reliquiæ Wottonianæ," is said to have been found among his papers, the author unknown. Farnabie, in his “ Epigrammata Selecta, 1629," ascribes it to Lord Bacon. He has translated it into Greck, and has some various readings.
Of Sir Henry Wotton's Latin Panegyric on Charles I. there are two translations by unknown hands: The one is inserted in “ The Reliquiz Wottonianæ;" the other is very scarce, printed
in a very small twenty-fours, on a large type, containing
“ Thu STATE of CHRISTENDOM; or, a most exact and curious Discovery of many Secret Passages and hidden Mysteries of the Times: Written by the renowned Sir Henry Wotton, Kt. Ambassadour in Ordinary to the Most Serene Republique of Venice, and late Provost of Eaton College.” London, 1657. To which is added « A SUPPLEMENT to the HISTORY of the STATE of CHRISTENDOM.” Reprinted in 1677.
This work was begun about the year 1599, during Sir Henry Wotton's first residence at Venice, after his hafty departure from England.
Several of Sir Henry Wotton's letters are inserted in “ Cabala, or Mysteries of State. London, 1654,” in 4t0; and in “Cabala, or Scrinia sacra. London, 1663," Fol.: Allo in “ Strafford's Letters and Despatches, 1739," Fol. · The two following tracts, written by Sir Henry Wotton, were never printed ; namely,
“ The JOURNAL of his EMBASSIES to VENICE;" a MS. , fairly written, and formerly in the library of Lord Edward Conway.
" THREE PROPOSITIONS to the COUNT D’ANGOSCIOLA, in Matters of Duels ;" a MS. preserved in the library of the College of Arms.