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sweetly, or transform himselfc into all shapes more deftly, or play any part more kindly. He had such a patience as might soften the hardest heart, such a sober mood as might ripen the greenest wit such a sly dexterity as might quicken the dullest spirit, such a scrupulous manner of proceeding in doubtful cases, as might put a deep consideration into the shallowest fantasy, such a suspicinus jealousy as might smell out the secretest complót, and defeat any practice; such an inextricable sophistry, as might teach an Agathocles to hypocrise profoundly, or a Hieron to tyrannise learnedly. Whereas others carried their hearts in their tongues, and their heads in their pens, he liked no such simplicity; but after a smug and fleering guise, carried his tongue in his heart, his pen in his hand, his dagger in his sleeve, his love in his bosom, his spite in his pocket: nothing but the fact discovered his drift; not the beginning, but the end, was the interpreter of his meaning. Some of us, by way of experiment, assayed to feel his pulse, with tickling and glosing as handsomely as we could; but the bottom of his mind was a gulf of the main, and nothing could sound him deeply, but the issue. He could speak by contraries, as quaintly as Socrates; and do by contraries, as shrewdly as Tiberius. Lewis, the French King, might have borrowed the Fox's satchel of him: Sir Stephen Gardener's fox or Machiavel's fox, are two young cubs, to compare with him, that would seem any thing rather than a fox, and be a fox rather than any thing else. He that worshipped Solem in Leone, after some few lectures in his astronomy, would have honoured Solem in Vulpe. Legendaries may record wonderments, but even Gargantua himself might have

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been his pupil, albeit his gown was furred with 2,500 fox-skinnes. He once kept a cub for his pleasure in Peter-House in Cambridge (as some keep birds, some squirrels, &c.) and ministerd notable matter to St. Mary's pulpit, with stories of the cub and the Foxe, whose Acts and Monuments are notorious; but had the young one been as cunning an artist for his part, as the old one was for his, I believe all the colleges in both universities, or in the great university of Christendom, could not have patterned the young man with such another batchelor of sophistry, or the old master with such another doctour of hypocrisy. He was gentle without familiarity (for he doubled contempt); swore without rigour, (for he feared odiousness), pleasant withoutlevity, (for he regarded his estimation);

without solemnity, (for he curried popular favour); not rash, but quick; not hasty, but speedy; not hot, but warm; not eager in shew, but earnest in decd; no barker at any, but a biter of some; round and sound. No politician in England so great a temporiser as he, whom every alteration found a new man, even as new as the new-moon. What an ambidexterity, or rather omni-dexterity, had the man, that at one and the same meeting, had a pleasing tongue for a protestant, a flattering eye for a papist, and a familiar nod for a good fellow; and had yawned to be an archbishop or bishop, in the one or other church, in four alterations of kings and queens. I have seen vipers and serpents in sugar work, but to this day, never saw such a standing dish of sugar-work, as that sweettongued Doctour; who spake pleasantly, whatsoever he thought, and was otherwbiles a faire prognostication of foul weather. For his smug and canonical counte

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nance, he might have been S. Boniface himself; for his fair and formal speech, S. Benedict or S. Eulaly; for his merry conceits, S. Hilary; for his good husbandry, S. Servatius; for his invincible sufferance, S. Vincent the Martyr; for his recanting, S. Augustine; for his preaching to geese, S. Frauncis, or S. Fox; for his not seeing all things, S. Bernard; for his praying, a S. Pharisee; for his fasting, a S. Publican; for his chastity, a Sol in Virgine; for his pastoral devotion, a Shepherd's Calendar; for his fame, an Almanac of Saints. But if ever any were patience incorporate, it was he; and if any were hypocrisy incarnate, it was he; unto whom I promised to dedicate an eternal memorial of his immortal virtues, and have payed some little

part of my vows: O felix Perne! tua solus ars vivendi."

T. P:

Art. XI. Paul's Church-yard. Libri Theologici,

Politici, Historici, Nundinis Paulinis (una cum Templo) prostant venales. Juxta seriem Alphabeti Democratici. Done into English for the Assembly of Divines. 4to. in 2 Parts. Centuria Primu, 8 pages, and Centuria Secunda, 8 pages. No date or printer's name.

This scarce pamphlet is the vehicle of cuiting satire against the Republicans during Oliver's Protectorate, and contains many excellent hits, in the form of idlepages,

of which a few may suffice as a specimen. 7. “ A Catalogue of the Nobility of England and Ireland, from his Excellency the Lord Generall Crom

'well, well, and the Lord Deputy Ireton, to the sererall Peers and Trades of each Regiment.”

21. “An Act for turning all Lawes into English, with a short Abridgment for such new Lawyers as cannot write and read."

48. A Confutation of Geographers, who said we of this Island were Antipodes to none, though we tread contrary to all the world."

109. “ Bellum Grammaticale. That Parliamentdome, Counceldome, Committeedome, or Sword-dome, are better words than Christendome or Kingdome.”

121. “An Act for constituting six new Heraulds, in regard the old ones cannot blazon the Armes of divers new honourable Oficers of State."

150. “ The Archbishop of Canterbury's Triall, writt by !Villiam Prynn, declaring all the Archbishop spake or did before he was borne, and since bis Buriall; being the gth Tome of Master Prynn's Works.” Birmingham.

WILLIAM HAMPER.

ART. XII. Bibliotheca Militum : or the Souldier's

Publick Library. Lately erected for the Benefit of all that love the Good Old Cause, at Wallingford House, and already furnished with diverse excellent Treatises herein mentioned. London: Printed in the year 1659. 4to. 6 pages.

This pamphlet bears a similar complexion with the last, and, like it, may be dismissed with a few extracts.

8. “ Patience per force: or a medicine for a mad dog; treating of the infallible virtue of necessity: by the aforesaid author” (Richd. Cromwell, Esq)

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13. “ Hey-te-Tyte, or to morrow-morning I found an Horse-shoe; being an excellent discourse concerning Government, with some sober and practical expedients, modestly proposed and written by James Harrington.” Birmingham.

WILLIAM HAMPER.

Art. XIII. A Voyage to the South Sea, and along

the Coasts of Chili and Peru, in the years 1712, 1713, and 1714. Particularly descriling the genius and constitution of the inhabitants, as well Indians as Spaniards: their customs and manners; their Natural History, mines, commodities, traffick with Furope, &c. by Monsieur Frezier, Engineer in ordinary to the French King. Illustrated with 37 copper cuts of the Coasts, Harlours, Cities, Plants, and other curiosities. Printed from the author's original plates inserted in the Paris Edition. With a Postcript by Dr. Edmund Halley, Suvilian Professor of Geometry in the University of Oxford. And an account of the Settlement, Commerce, and Riches of the Jesuites in Paraguay. London. Printed for Jonah Bouyer, at the Rose in Ludgate Street. MDCCXVII. 4to. pp. 335, besides Preface and Index.

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This is a book, of which, at the present monient, it may be seasonable to revive the notice.

Louis XIV. having been at a vast expense to support his grandson upon the throne of Spain, thought this a proper opportunity of getting a full information of the least known parts of the Spanish West-Indies,

before

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