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tion, who cannot indure innocency it self, when babited in a Rochet. We remember what Seneca saith ( and it is in his De Ira too ) they are affe&ti oculi, quos candida vestis obturbat, happy is it for him, that the blackest Stigma that can be fastned upon bim, is that his robes were wbiter then his Brethrens, that only the coat of our Joseph hath drawn their envy upon him, the Man Dr. Hall was not the object of their distast, but the. Bishop. To satisfy these tender eyes, they have bere this great Aaron Stripped of all his Priestly Ornaments, and laid open to then, only in these few winding sheets, Spunne, and waven, with his own band. In the narrative of his life, bis pen breaks off with his outward pressures, wherein all the Losses and indignities he suffered did so little trouble him, as to some eminent Commisioners ( who desired to know his suffering condition, and made fair overtures of some little reparation ) he replyed that of Seneca, Qui se habet, nihil perdidit

. God had no sooner withdrawn his-band from visiting him with those outward tryals, then he began to exercise him, by fore afflictions of the body, in his continually increasing paines of the store and Strangury, which for many years held him, and purSued him to the death, yet could not these great imþediments take him off from being active, both in Presse and Pulpit : His intellectuals and sences continned strong, and fresh to the last, his head continned Gold, and his heart of refined Silver, when all the rest of his body was half clay.

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His sence of the sad, and divided condition of the Chårch, was to his end passionatly tender, profesing all willingnes to live, though in the midst of his exa ceeding pains and torments, so he might be any way instrumental to the making up of the breaches of it, and putting it in due frame and order ; But since all bis endeavours with men so little prevailed, he never ceased wrestling with God to this purpose, setting apart one day in every weak through the Year, for fasting and hamiliation with his Family, not that he fought his own Interests, to be restored to that Episcopal height, and greatness of which he had been divested : All those who truely knew him, can wit. neß with us, his abundant contentment in his retreat to a private life, as not a misery, but a blessing to him, We know, when inthe height of all his honors be was ready enough to such a secesion, could be fairly,and handsomly have retired. And now that impetuous storme,which beat bim off from the course of his publick employmrents, though it batter'd his vefsel, and tore his failes; yet it did but drive him to the quiet haven where he would be; justly could be take up the words of holy Nazianzen ( in this and many other things his parallel ) who when hotly opposed, and thrust from his See of Conftantinople, eould

say, A retired life,everwas, and now is dearby affected by me, though they drive me from my chair, they cannot drive me from my God.

Among many worthy men, who received Ordina.

on ta the Ministry from his hands, we cannot but mere tion one, in whome be take great comfortasbeing.a no, table precedent for the rest of our learned,& religious Gentry to follow ; It was Mr. Gipson Lucas, an Esq; · of good estate, a great Commissioner, and Justice of Peace in the County of Suffolk, who found bis Spirit and Conscience so wronght upon, as after good delis beration, and consultation with others, he came to this Reverend Father for Ordination, as refusing to take it from any bands, where his did not precede, which he received, ( good proof being given of his abilities ) according to his desire, and he who entred Nayoth before this aged Samuel, like Saul in his scarlet (for that was his habit ) returned from him a Sackcloth Prophet, continuing a diligent and zea. lous preacher of the Gospel. To returne to the Ree verend Author; his retreat from the World though be were lo:ly, and constantly charged with furious onsets of his sharp discafes , get was it answerable to his life, folemn, and staid, with a composed, and beavenly temper of spirit. The stream was deep,which could run clear calmly throngh Socraggy & crookéd a Channel without a murmure. After his prevailing infirmities had wasted all the strengths of nature, and the Arts of his learned and excellent Physician D. Brown of Norwich ( to whom under God,woand the whole Church are ingaged for many Tears preser. ving his life as a blessing to us ), after bis Fatherly reception of many perfons of Honour, Learning and

Piety

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Piety, who came to crave his dyeing prayers and benediction : One of which ( 4 Noble person) he faluted with the words of an ancient Votary, Vides "hominem mox pulverem futurum, efter many holy prayers, exhortations, and discourses, beroužed up his dying Spirits, to a heavenly Confession of his Faith, which ere he could finish, his speech was taken from him, so that, we cannot here insert it. After some struglings-of nature, with the agonies of death, he quietly, gradually, and even insensie bly gave up his last breath.

how can we forbear to cry fadly after him, O Our Father, our Father, the Chariots of Israel, and the Horsemen thereof. Theodorets Lamentation over Chryfoftomc may be taken up over Himm , ώσρατιώτα και μετα τελευτην αρισίως , α λυτηρ τοις εχθρούς και μετα τάφον οπλίτε,ώ παναρμονίας χώρας πλευτή λελυμβίας, διος ευσεβίας ανθρώπων οφθαλμος ανηρηάθη και τέθηκας και μακάριε πατερ αλ' ώς ήλιος έους , έκ ως αποθανόνος αλγούμεν, αλλ' ως ημίν κεκριμήνα, εκ ως τεθνεώτα ζητάμην, αλλ' ως εις δραyös metaçáita : Though ye have ten thousand inStructers in Chrift (faith the Apostle ) yer have ye not many Fathers, and if we had many Fathers, yet not many such as He.

We finde great Elogies defervedly given to many, eminent in their several Age's, both Philosophers and Divines. For the first fort

Thucidides gives this Character of Pericles, ámp και εκεί, ον τον χρόνον πρώτος αθηναίων λεγείστε και πράττειν ουνατωτατος. .

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Of Demosthenes, that he was sol Tyg TPMS euredam δαιο, πατηρ σοφος.

Of Seneca, Plus aliquid femper dicit, quam dicit.

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Ignatius for his piety was called Jespópos, Geórnitos, Georíxenos

Athanasius for his strenuousness in disputation was called πολύαθλος. .

Of Chrysostome it was said, that he was Theatrum quoddam divinæ eloquentiæ , in quo Deus abunde videri voluit, quid posset vitæ sanctitas, cum vi dicendi conjuncta.

of Clemens Alex, that he was Inter eloquentes summe doctus; inter doctos fumme eloquens.

Upon S. Bafil the Great, Nazianzen bestowed this Epitaph Bporta otło doyos, éçepo moi de Rios.

Sermo tuus tonitru, vitaq; fulgur crat. Of S. Jerom, Caufsinus, Blandum facundiæ nomen, & summus in omnibus artifex.

Of Hilary S. Jerom, Lucifer Ecclefiarum, pretiosuslapis, pulchro sermone universa loquitur, & fi femina aliqua fecus viam cecidisse potuissent, tamen ab eo meffis exorta est magna.

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