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IF that great mafter of language and art, Sir Henry Wotton, the late Provost of Eton College had lived to see the publication of these fermons, he had presented the world with the Author's life exactly written; and it was pity he did not; for it was a work worthy his undertaking, and he fit to undertake it: betwixt whom, and the Author, there was so mutual a knowledge, and fuch a friendship contracted in their youth, as nothing but death could force a separation. And though their bodies were divided, their affections were not: for that learned knight's love followed his friend's fame beyond death and the forgetful grave'; which he testified by entreating me, whom he acquainted with his design, to inquire of some particulars that concerned it, not doubting but my knowledge of the Author, and love to his memory, might make my diligence useful: I did most gladly undertake the employment, and continued it with great content, till I had made my collection ready to be augmented and completed by his matchless pen: but then, death prevented his intentions.
When I heard that sad news, and heard also that these sermons were to be printed, and want the Author's life, which I thought to be very remarkable; indignation or grief (indeed I know not which), transported me so far, that I reviewed' my forsaken collections, and resolved the world should see the best plain picture of the Author's life that my artless pencil, guided by the hand of truth, could present to it.
And if I shall now be demanded, as once Pompey's poor bondman was ;-(the grateful wretch had been left alone on
it with sea-water, he wrapt it up in a garment of his own, and finding fome rotien planks of a little fisherman's boat, he gathered them together for a funeral pile. Lucan has given a long defcription of Pompey's uphappy destiny. According to his account, the body was thrown into the sea, and Servius Codrus, once his quælior and his friend, brought it to shore, and paid the last honours to it.
E latebris pavidus 'decnrrit ad æquora Codrus,
: Lucan. L. VIII. ver. 715. * Plutarch's Lives.
THE-LIFE OF JOHN DONNE.
MASTER JOHN DONNE was born in London, in the year 1573, of good and virtuous parents : and though his own learning and other multiplied merits may juftly appear sufficient to dignify both himself and his posterity, yet the reader may be pleased to know, that his father was masculinely and lineally descended from a very ancient family in Wales, where many of his name now live, that deserve and have great reputation in that country.
By his mother he was descended of the family of the famous and learned Sir Thomas Moorf, sometime Lord Chancellor of England; as also from that worthy and laborious Judge Raftall, who left pofterity the vast statutes of the law of this nation most exactly abridged.
He had his first breeding in his father's house, where a private tutor had the care of him, until the tenth year of his age ; and in bis eleventh year was sent to the University of Oxford, having at that time a good command both of the French and Latin Tongue. This, and some other of his remarkable abilities, made one then give this cenfure of him; That this age had brought forth another Picus Mirandulab; of whom story says, that he was rather born, . than made wise by study.