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[ Another.] • Care for thy soule as thing of greatest price,
Made to the ende to taste of power deuine;
Apt by God's grace to vertue to encline;
Care for thy corps, but chiefly for soul's sake
Cut of excesse, sustaining food is best,
Seeke after skill, deep ignorance detest:
Care for the world to doe thy body right,
Rack not thy wit to win by wicked waies,
To paye thy due doe banish all delaies;
Care for thy soule, as for thy chiefest stay,
Care for thy bodie for the soule's auaile, Care for the world for bodie's help alway, Care
yet but so as vertue may preuaile; Care in such sort that thou be sure of this, Care keep the not fro heauen & heauenly blis."
ART. VI. The Ruminator. Containing a series
of moral, sentimental, and critical Essays.
Memoir of William Habington.
The following has been recovered by my friend Mr. NICHOLS, from a mass of papers.
Oct. Il, 1797.
William Habington, a poet and historian of the last century, seems to have received less notice from posterity than he deserves. The principal particulars of his life and family are to be found in Wood's Athenæ, II. 110; and Nash's Worcestershire, I. 588. I shall select such as appear necessary to the illustration of his character and writings.
Richard Habington of Brockhampton, in Herefordshire, of a very ancient family, had three sons; Richard, the eldest, of Brockhampton, left a daughter and coheir Eleanor, who marrying Sir Thomas Baskerville left a daughter and heir Eleanor, wife of John Talbot of Longford in Shropshire, father by her of John, 1oth Earl of Shrewsbury. * John Hahington, second son, was Cofferer to Queen Elizabeth. Iu fifth of that Queen's reign he bought the manor of Hindlip, in Worcestershire. He was born 1515; rebuilt the mansion about 1572, and died 1581. By Katherine daughter of John Wykes of Morton-Jeffreys he left issue Thomas Habington his eldest son, born 10
# Coll. Peer. iii. p. 27.
Thorpe Thorpe in Surry, 1960; godson of Q. Eliz, who after having studied at Oxford, and travelled to Rheims and Paris, connected himself on his return with those who laboured to release Mary Queen of Scots; and contrived many hiding holes in his curious old seat, lately remaining. * On the discovery of Babington's conspiracy, 1586, for which his brother Edward, a dangerous and turbulent man, suffered death, (see a minute account of it in Camden's history of this reign, in Kennet, II. 515-518) + he fell under strong suspicions, and was committed prisoner to the Tower, where he remained six years, and is said only to have saved his life by being Elizabeth's godson. I Here he consoled himself by deep study, and treasured up the principal part of that learning by which he was afterwards distinguished. He was at length permitted to retire to Hindlip, and married Mary eldest daughter of Edward Parker Lord Morley, (by Elizabeth daughter and sole heir of Sir William Stanley, Lord Montegle) the descendant of the learned Henry Parker, Lord
See an engraving of it in Nash.
Camd. ut supr.
Morley, temp. Hen. VIII. of whom see Walpole's Royal and Noble Authors, I. 92. Notwithstanding his escape, he could not help being so far implicated in the Gunpowder Plot as to conceal Garnet, Oldcorn, and others in his house, for which he was condemned to die, but by the intercession of his brother-in-law, Lord Morley, who was the means of its discovery by communicating a letter of warning, supposed to have been written by his sister, (Mrs. Habington) he was again saved; and pardoned on condition of never stirring out of Worcestershire. He made good use of his future time; entirely addicting himself to study; and living to the great age of 87, Oct. 8, 1647. During this period, he collected the materials for the history of his native county, on which Dr. Nash's excellent Collections are built. Wood says he had seen part of these MSS. and that “ every leaf was a sufficient testimony of his generous and virtuous mind, of his indefatigable industry, and infinite reading.”
William Habington, his eldest son, was born at Hindlip, Nov. 5, 1605, was educated in the Jesuits' College at St. Omers, and afterwards at Paris, and in the first of these was earnestly invited to take upon him the habit of the order; but excused himself and left them. After his return from Paris he was in. structed by his father in history, and became an accomplished gentleman. He married Lucy daughter of William Herbert first Lord Powis * by Eleanor daughter of Henry Percy, 8th Earl of Northumberland by
* He died at Hendon in Middlesex, March 6, 1655, and was succeeeded by Percy Herbert, 2d Lord Powis, who died 1666, and whose daughter Mary, married George Lord Talbot, son of John Earl of Shrewsbury. Dugii. Bar, II. 261.
Katherine daughter and coheir of John Neville, Lord
History has preserved but little of his character, but while nothing contradictory to them is recorded, we have a right to deduce the colour of it from his writings. From these he appears to have been distinguished for connubial felicity, for a love of retirement and study, and for the elegance and dignity of his sentiments. In 1635, when he was thirty years old, he published in 8vo. a little volume of poems, entitled Castara, under which name he celebrates his wife. This kind of title was the fashion of the day! thus Lovelace immortalized his mistress under the name of Lucasta. The third edition of Castara, in 1640, duodec. now lies before me.
It is divided into three parts; the first is “ THE MISTRESS,” prefaced by a prose description: this consists of verses addressed to her before marriage. The second part, is “The WIFE,” prefaced in a similar manner. This part is followed by FRIEND,” containing eight elegies on the death of his kinsman, the Hon. George Talbot, who must have been one of the three younger sons of John Talbot of Longford, whose names are not mentioned in Collins's Peerage, Vol. III. p. 27.+ The third part, is the “ HOLY MAN," and consists of paraphrases of the Psalms.
In the author's prefatory address to the public, he says, that “ love stole some hours from business and his more serious study.” But he does not claim from hence the sacred name of poet, like those 6 who
• Coll. Peer. Il. p. 407. + P. 33 he is called uncle to the Earl of Shrewsbury, who must have been John roth Earl, who died 1653.
can VOL. X,