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old was he when he died. And they buried him in the city of David, with the kings, because he had done good in Israel, and toward God and his house. (2 Chron. xxiv. 15, 16.)
Having now committed the body of this most reverend personage (which was sometime the mansion of a most excellent soul) unto his grave (where it rests in assured expectation of a glorious resurrection) I will, for conclusion, speak somewhat of the outward shape and proportion thereof. He was of a middle stature, of a grave countenance, and brown complexion, black hair and eyes; he wore his beard neither long nor thick. For his small timber, he was of a good quick strength, straight and well shaped in all his limbs to the habit of his body, which began somewhat to burnish towards his latter years.
And thus, gentle reader, that I may not extend this discourse beyond the period of his life, who was the subject thereof, I withdraw my pen from paper, intreating either thy friendly acceptance of this my labour, or thy farther pains in writing and publishing some more complete and learned observations of thine own, touching this renowned archbishop's actions and fame, which could not, without great shame unto myself and others his followers, be buried in darkness with his body.
DOCTOR JOHN DONNE. ... Here much I ruminate, as much I may, · With other views of men and manners now Than once, and others of a life to come.
If that great master of language and art, sir Henry Wotton, the late provost of Eton college, had lived to see the publication of these sermons, 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 such 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 intreating 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
Presented the world.] See in Reliquiæ Wottonianæ, p. 360, 1, a letter of sir Henry to Izaac Walton.
2 These sermons were to be printed.] Eighty Sermons by that learned and rep. divine, John Donne, D.D., late dean of St. Paul's. 1640. fol.
From the dedication by his son to king Charles I., it appears that the world was much indebted for this publication to the advice and encouragement of archbishop Laud.
“The leave and encouragement I have had for the publishing these sermons from the person most intrusted by your majesty in the government of the church, and most highly dignified in it, I think I ought in this place to mention for his honour, that they who receive any benefit from hence, may know in part to whom to acknowledge it; and that this, whatever it is, is owing to him to whom they stand otherwise so deeply engaged for his providence and care, next under your majesty, over the truth, and peace, and dignity of the church of England; for which he will not want lasting acknowVOL. III.