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falsified reliques, pilgrimages, worshipping of images, and the rest of the same sort, all these this wonderful man findeth out in the gospell. And hee standeth upon it stiffely that all these things are good and holy. I desire not to have any more to doe with such a monstrous kinde of men, with such fierce natures, who open their mouthes against heaven; for what is it to open their mouthes against heaven, if this be not, so violently and disgracefully to handle the holy Scriptures? they have devised and daily doe devise horrible strange expositions, such as were never heard of before in the church of Rome. I therefore desire to rid mine hands of this fellow as of a scabbed sheepe, for feare he might infect my whole flocke.”
After that his leane body was quite worne out with diversity of paines-taking, at the last even feeling before hand the approach of death, he commanded the poore to be called together, unto whom hee made a speech, and tooke his leave of them. Afterwards he did the like to others. He fell sick about the latter end of February, and after many exhortations used to the schollers, to his servants, and to divers others, at the last he fell asleep in the Lord in great peace, the fourth day of March, in the yeare of our Lord 1583, and in the 66 yeare of his age.
He was tall of stature, and slender, being hawke-nosed. His clothes were ever such as cost not very deare. He could never away with gay apparell. In things belonging to his owne body he was very frugall, and retained the austerity of the auncient. In things which might tend to the good of others he was exceeding bountifull, especially towards poore people and schollers. He desired still to keep his dores open for the entertainment of any
& Quite worne out.] “While he was thus struggling with an advanced age, and impaired constitution, he met with an accident, which entirely destroyed his health. As he was crossing the market-place at Durham, an ox ran at him, and pushed him down with such violence, that it was imagined the bruises he received would have occasioned his death. He lay long confined ; and though he again got abroad, he never recovered even the little strength he had before, and continued lame as long as he lived. But accidents of this kind were no very formidable trials to a mind so well tempered as his. It was a persuasion he had long entertained, that misfortunes are intended by Providence to remind us of our neglected duty: and thus he always used them, making self-examination the constant attendant upon whatever calamities befel him. To this it was owing that he was never dejected by misfortunes : but received them rather with thankfulness than repining.” Gilpin's Life of Bernard Gilpin, p. 296.
To keep his dores open.] “ Strangers and travellers found a chearful poore, or stranger. In his owne bouse he boarded and kept at the most foure and twenty sehollers. sometimes fewer, but seldome. The greater number of his boorders were poore mens sonnes, upon whom he bestowed meat, drink and cloth, and education in learning. He was wont to enterteine his parishioners and strangers at his table Dot onely at the Christmas time, as the custome is, but because he had a large and wide parish, and a great multitude of people, he kept a table for them every Sunday from Michaelmas to Easter. He had the gentlemen, the husbandmen, and the poorer sort set every degree by themselves, and as it were ordered in ranks. He was wont to commend the marryed estate in the clergy, howbeit himselfe lived and dred a single man. He bestowed in the building, ordering and establishing of his schoole, and in providing rearly stipends for a schode master and an usher, the full summe of five hundred pounds: Out of which schoole he supplied the church of England with great store of learned men. He was carefull to avoid not onely all el doing, but even the lightest suspicions thereof. And he was accounted a saint in the judgements of his very enemies if he had any such. Being full of faith unfeigned, and of good workes, he was at the last put into his grave as a heap of wheat in due time swept into the garner.
reception. All were welcome that came : and even their beasts bad so much care taken of them, that it was humorously said, “If a horse was turned loose in any part of the country, it would immediately make its way to be rector of Houghton's.'” Gilpin's Life of Bernard Gilpin, p. 284.
“ Whatever (says the same writer) “ becomes of the notion of the sonl's transmigration, one would imagine however, that Mr. Gilpin's example least had its influence upon the rectors of Houghton ; for perhaps fer parishes in England can boast such a succession of worthy pastors, as that parish can since Mr. Gilpin's death.” p. 314.
We may believe that the influence of this good man's example did not stop here. His amiable biograpber himself, it is well known, spent a long life, distinguished by purity of manners, useful learning, deeds of charity and piety, and an apostolical zeal in the discharge of his duties as a preacher of the gospel. His good works in kind as well as degree, and some of the circumstances of his life, can hardly fail to call back, to those who are at all acquainted with the particulars, the memory of Bernard Gilpin : to whom perhaps he was very little inferior, excepting in so far as his powers of doing good were limited by a lees portion of the gifts of fortune.
To the churches of the Roman communion we can say that ours i reformed: to the Reformed churches we can say that ours is orderly and decent; for, we were freed from the impositions and lasting errors of a tyrannical spirit, and yet from the extravagancies of a popular spirit too. Our reformation was done without tumult, and yet we saw it necessary to reform; we were zealous to cast away the old errors, but our zeal was balanced with consideration and the results of authority: not like women or children whes they are affrighted with fire in their clothes: we shook off the coal indeed, but not our garments, lest we should have exposed our churches to that nakedness which the excellent men of our sister churches complained to be among themselves.
The Life of Hooker, written by Izaac Walton, was first published, separately, in the year 1665 (which is the date in the title page,) or rather at the latter end of the year 1664. It is here printed, as are the Lives of Donne, Wotton, and Herbert, from the fourth edition of the year 1675. Dr. Zouch informs us that he has thought it “ expedient to deviate from the edition of 1675 in the Life of Mr. Hooker, by adopting that which was last revised by Walton, and is prefixed to Hooker's Works printed at London in 1723, and at Oxford in 1793, yet without admitting those passages which Mr. Strype has introduced into the text.” It is to be regretted that in this deviation so much deference was paid to Mr. Strype's example. The preference was an unlucky one. For the copy which Strype prefixed to Hooker's Works in 1723, was no other than the first edition of 1665, or rather perhaps, that which was prefixed to Hooker's Works in 1666, and wanted, therefore, the corrections and improvements which were introduced by the author in his subsequent revisions.—In the present edition, the additions introduced by Mr. Strype are retained. They tend considerably to illustrate Hooker's opinions respecting some important points of doctrine ; and to exhibit in its true colours the character of that great and good man.