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ANDREW MELVIN, or rather MELVILLE,
BORN on the first day of August, 1515, was the youngest of nine sons of Richard Melville, of Baldowie, a North Britain: These sons were all alive, when their fataer fell in the vanguard of the battle of Pinkie, on the tenth of September, 1547. Andrew was "a sickle ten
der boy, and took pleasure in nothing sa meikle as his "book." Having been instructed in the Greek language by Petrus Marsiliers, a Frenchman and teacher of the Greek grammar, and by "that notable instrument in the
k.rk, John Erskine, of Don, of most honourable and "happy memory, he profited sa, that entering thereafter
in the course of philosophie within the Universitie of -St. Andrew's, all that was teached of Aristotie he learned, and studied it out of the Greek text, whilk his masters understood not.” He past his course in the New College," tenderly beloved be Mr. John Douglas, Provost of that College, and Rector of the Universitie, who wou'd often take him between his "gs at the fire in winter, and warm his hands and "checks, and blessing him, say, My siti fache iess
ani motive less child, it's ill to wit wat God may *** make of thee yet?' Sa ending his course of philosophie he left the Universitie of St. Andrew's with the commendation of the best pailosopher, poet, and Gre
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"cian of any young master of the land, and with all "possible diligence made his preparation, and passed "over to France." He resided two years in the University of Paris, hearing the lights of the most shining age, and particularly Peter Ramus, in philosophy and eloquence. He became so expert in Greek, that he declaimed and taught lessons," uttering never a word but "Greek with sic readiness and plenty, as was marvellous "to the hearers." From Paris he went to Poitiers, where he regented in the College of St. Marcian three years, hearing the best lawyers, yet always making theology his principal study, to which he was dedicated from his earliest youth.
From Poitiers he went to Geneva, carrying nothing with him but a little Hebrew Bible at his belt. He travelled on foot, as he had done before, from Dieppe to Paris, and thence to Poitiers; for he was small and light of body, but full of spirits, vigorous, and courageous. Theodore Beza, to whom he was strongly recommended by letters, soon discovered him to be a scholar, and appointed him Professor of Humanity in the College of Geneva. Mr. Melville continued at this place five years, attending the daily lessons and preachings of Beza. He improved the opportunity of perfecting himself in Hebrew literature. He often disputed with the Greek professor, a native of Greece, on the right pronunciation of the Greek language. The Professor pronounced it after the
Sir Thomas Smith and his friend Mr. Choke, introdisced at Cambridge new mode of pronouncing the Greek language. While the former was once i Paris, he made a visit to a learned Greek, a courteous and affable man. Hi chief business was to be satisfied from him what sounds the Grecians themselves dad use in Grence. And when Smith began to speak of the new way, the Greek grew angry, and called Erasmus Badia, thật hẹ, beng a Dutchman, had be night into Greece, whence he was spring, torch vest sounds as he expressed has fo and alertemas de pliers (Steve's 1:6 of Sir Jim South, j. PL)
common form, observing the accents, "the whilk Mr. “Andro controlled be precepts and reason, till the Greek would grow angry, and cry out, Vos Scoti, vos barbari "docebitis nos (iræcos pronuntiationem linguæ nostræ *** scilicet !'"*
When he was invited to return home, Beza, in a letter addressed to the general kirk of Scotland, declared, that as the greatest token of affection the Members of the kirk of Geneva could shew to that of Scotland, they bad suffered themselves to be spoiled of Mr. Andrew Melville.
In 1574, he was elected the principal master of the University of Glasgow, where he taught the best Greek and Latin authors, natural philosophy, chronology, chirography, besides his ordinary profession, the holy tongue and theology.
In the same year he was directed, at the General Assembly, to deliver his opinion upon the jurisdiction and policy of the kirk, before the next assembly, along with others appointed for that purpose. During a period of five or six years this matter cost him great pains “in "mind, body, and gear," while it exposed him to the resentment of the regent and the episcopal party, which he bore with singular patience, uut. Le fully accomplished his plan for the establishment of Presbyteries.
In 1578, in the assembly held in Magdalen Chapel, Edinburgh, in the month of April, he was chosen Moderator. It was there concluded, that the Bishops should be called by their own names, and that lordly authority should be banished from the kirk "whilk has but an ** Lord, Christ Jesus,”
ela may art be exeva ed. He has a 'dr wed a latin e, gram to Mrs. Esther Âng!s, who was rated for her brattal h i writing, and who surpassed Assham, Davies, and others cu vent ser 1' st extraordiary talent.
Melvin died before him, then George Herbert died without an enemy". I wish (if God shall be so pleased) that I may be so happy as to die like him.
THERE is a debt justly due to the memory of Mr. Herbert's virtuous wife; a part of which I will endeavour to pay, by a very short account of the remainder of her life, which shall follow.
She continued his disconsolate widow about six years, bemoaning herself and complaining that she had lost the delight of her eyes; but more that she
"Mr. George Herbert, Esq. Parson of Fuggleston and “ and Bemerton, was buried 3d day of March, 1692." (Parish Register of Bemerton.)—It does not appear whether he was buried in the parish church or in the chapel. His letter to Mr. Nicholas Ferrar, the translator of Valdesso, is dated from his Parsonage at Bemerton, near Salisbury, Sept. 29, 1632. It must be remembered, that the beginning of the year, at that time, was computed from the 25th of March. In this year also, he wrote the short address to the Reader, which is prefixed to his “ Priest "to the Temple," which was not published till after his death.
We cannot suppose that Andrew Melville could retain the least personal resentment against Mr. Herbert; whose verses have in them so little of the poignancy of satire, that it is scarce possible to consider them as capable of exciting the anger of h to whom they are addressed.
had lost the spiritual guide for her poor soul; and would often say, "O that I had, like holy Mary, "the mother of Jesus, treasured up all his sayings "in my heart; but since I have not been able to "do that, I will labour to live like him, that where he now is, I may be also." And she would often say (as the prophet David for his son Absalom) “O that I had died for him!" Thus she continued mourning, till time and conversation had so moderated her sorrows, that she became the happy wife of Sir Robert Cook, of Highnam, in the county of Gloucester, Knight: And though he put a high value on the excellent accomplishments of her mind and body, and was so like Mr. Herbert, as not to govern like a master, but as an affectionate husband; yet she would, even to him, often take occasion to mention the name of Mr. George Herbert, and say," that name must live in her memory, till she put off mortality." -By Sir Robert, she had only one child, a daughter, whose parts and plentiful estate make her happy in this world, and her well using of them gives a fair testimony that she will be so in that which is
Mrs. Herbert was the wife of Sir Robert eight years, and lived his widow about fifteen; all which time she took a pleasure in mentioning and commending the excellencies of Mr. George Herbert. She died in the year 1663, and lies buried at Highnam; Mr. Herbert in his own