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Church, under the altar, and covered with a grave stone without any inscription.

This Lady Cook had preserved many of Mr. Herbert's private writings, which she intended to make public, but they and Highnam House were burnt together, by the late rebels, and so lost to posterity.

I. W.


1." ORATIO quà auspicatissimum serenissimi Principis CAROLI reditum ex Hispaniis celebravit GEORGIUS HERBERT, Academia Cantabrigiensis Orator.-


A short extract from this Oration may not be unacceptable to the classic reader.

"Scio Belli nomen splendidum esse et gloriosum. Dum "animus grandis suique impos triumphos et victorias quasi fræna ferox spumantia mandit: juvat micare "gladio, et mucronem intueri.

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11. "A TRANSLATION of LEWIS CORNARO'S TREATISE on TEMPERANCE." Printed at Cambridge in 1634, along with Mr. Nicholas Ferrar's translation of "The Hygiasticon, or the right Course of preserving Health, by Leonard Lessius." To Mr. Herbert's Translation is annexed "A Paradox, translated out of Italian, That a more spare diet is better than a splendid or sumptuous."

III. "HERBERT'S REMAINS; or, Sundry Pieces of that sweet Singer of the Temple, Mr. GEORGE HERBERT, sometime Orator of the University of Cambridge, now exposed to public Light." London 1652.

This volume consists of-1. " A Priest to the Temple, or the Country Parson in his Character and Rule of Holy Life; with a Prefatory View of the Life and Virtues of the Author and Excellencies of this Book, by Barnabas Oley." In the second and subsequent impressions of this volume is added, "A Preface to the Christian Reader," consisting of six paragraphs, by Mr. Oley. 2." Jacula Prudentum; or Outlandish Proverbs, Sentences, &c. se lected by Mr. George Herbert."

IV." THE TEMPLE: SACRED POEMS and PRIVATE EJACULATIONS, by Mr. GEORGE HERBERT, late Orator of the University of Cambridge. In his Temple doth every Man speak of his Honour, Psal. XXIX. Cambridge 1633." To Mr. Herbert's "Temple" bas been usually annexed, a Collection of Poems, entitled "The Synagogue, or Shadow of the Temple" The author of "The Synagogue" is unknown. That be was a Clergyman of the Church of England, appears from Mr. Isaac Walton's verses to him. Mr. Granger has ascribed it to Crashaw, whom Cowley has praised, and Pope has imitated; but whose compositions are infinitely superior to any thing in this work. He has probably

been led into this error from one part of Crashaw's volume of Poems, bearing the title of "Steps to the Temple." That it was not written by Crashaw, is evident from this c.rcumstance: After bis conversion to Popery, he led a most miserable life abroad, and going to Italy was at length appointed a Canon or Chaplain of Loretto, where be died in 1650.

"The Synagogue" was not published till after that period: And Walton expressly tells us, that he "loved "the author for his sacred poetry before he personally “knew him; and that now, since his personal knowledge "of him, he loves him more.

"I lov'd you for your Synagogue before

"I knew your person; but now love you more,

"Because I find

"It is so true a picture of your mind."

That it was actually written by Mr. Christopher Hervey, I have attempted to prove in another place.

It has been already noticed, that his Epigrams on Andrew Melville, entitled "Muse Responsoriæ ad Andrea Melvini Anti-Tami-Cami-Categoriam Ex officina J. Field, Cantab. 1662," 12mo, are inserted in the - Ecclesiastes Solomonis," &c. published by Dr. James Daport.

During his residence at Cambridge, he composed Latin Poems on the Death of Henry Prince of Wales; and of anse, Queen to James I. See "Epicedium Cantabripense in obitum immaturum semperque deflendum Henustrissimi Principis Wallia. Cantab. 1612." And -Lachryma Cantabrig enses in obitum serenissime ReAnna, Conjugis dilectissime Jacobi Magna BritanFranciæ, et Hiberniæ Regis. Cantab. 1619,"

The following letters, written by Mr. Herbert, when he was Public Orator, are in the Orator's Book at Cambridge:

1. "To Sir Robert Naunton, with thanks for some acts of kindness procured by him from Government to the University."

2. "To Fulk Greville, on the same account."

3. "To George Villiers, Marquis of Buckingham, on his being created a Marquis."

4. "To Sir Francis Bacon, with thanks for his Norum Organum."

5. "To Sir Thomas Coventry, Attorney-General.”

6" To Montagu, Lord Treasurer," and

7. "To Sir Robert Heath, Solicitor-General, congratulating them on their several promotions."

8. "To King James, with thanks for a present of his Doron Basilicon."

9. To the same, with thanks for the preservation of the river."

10. To Sir Francis Bacon, on the same subject."

11. "To Dr. Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, against the London Printers monopolizing foreign book."

12. "To Sir Francis Bacon, on the same subject."

13. "To Leigh, Chief Justice, on his promotion."

14. “To Cranfield, Lord Treasurer, on the same orca

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