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away ; for surely there is great Murmuring of it " throughout the whole Realm. Both Good and Bad

say, that all that is gotten is bestowed on the College, and that the College is the Cloak for cover

ing all Mischiefs ; this grieveth me to hear it spoken “ of him whom I do entirely love : Wherefore I

thought I could do no less than thus friendly to
admonish you.
“ One thing more I perceive by your Letter, which
a little, methinks, touches Conscience, and that is,
you have received Money from the Exempts, for

having of their old Visitors. Surely this can hardly “ be with Conscience: For, were they good, why “ should you take Money ? and if they were ill, it «

were a sinful Act. Howbeit your Legacy: herein might peradventure apud Homines be a Cloak, but not apud Deum. Wherefore you are thus monished by him who entirely loveth you, and I doubt not you will defist not only from this, if Conscience will

not bear it, but from all other Things which shculd “ entangle the same ; and in so doing you will fing, . Te laudant Angeli atq; Archangeli, Te laudat: omnis

Spiritus : And thus an End I make of this tho' “ rude yet loving Letter, desiring you as benevolently

to take it as I mean it; for I ensure you, and I

pray you think it so, that there remaineth at this “ Hour no spark of Displeasure towards you in my “ Hcart. And thus fare you well, and be you no more perplexed. Written with the Hand of

your loving Sovereign and Friend,


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The Affair of Wilion was said to be this: The Cardinal had caused to be elected a Person to be Prioress of the Nunnery * there, with whom the King was not pleased.

From * The Prioress of the Nun- of Shaftsbury, Barking, and St. nery of Wilton was a Baroness Mary's in tř'inchester, all very faby her Title, as were also those mous in their Time.

By what the Cardinal met with from the King it is not to be doubted, but he was fully convinced of his Master's Disposition, and saw what he might in Time expect, should any Affairs arise, in which he would not go the utmost Length to serve him.

After his Majesty had thus opened the And pubScene, by shewing fome Dinike to Part of lifh Libels

against his Conduct, his Enemies began to pub- him. lish Libels against him ; and Skelton, the Poet Laureat, called the Conceited Poet, was one of the first who discovered his Spleen, by falling on Wolsey's Design of founding his College ; fome Part of which, for the Singularity of the Verse, we here present the Reader with.

The Goods that he bath thus gaddered,
Wretchedly he hath scattered,

In Causes nothinge expedient ;
To make Windowes, Walles, and Dores,
And to maintain Bauds and Whores,

A grett Part thereof is spent.
In these Parties it is veryfied,
That he hath a College edified,

Of Marvellous Foundation ; Of prevy Houses of Baudry, He bath made a Stues openly,

Endued with large Exhibition.

With Worldly Pompe again incredible,
Before him rydeth two Prestes stronge;
And they bear two Croses right longe,

Gapying in every Man's Face.
After them follow two Laye Men secular,
And each of them holding a Pillar

In their Honds, steade of a Mace.
Vol. IV.



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Then followeth My Lorde on his Mule,
Trapped with Gold under her Cule,

In everey Poynts most curiously;
On each Syde å Poll- Axe is borne,
Which in none wothers Use are Worne,

Poretendynge some hyd Mystery.
Then hath be Servants five or six Score,
Some behind and some before.*


Notwithstanding this quaint Poet's forced Wit, all that he mentions was no more than common in those Days, and were, according to the Custom of Rome, allowed to every Legate a Latere, as to the Pope himself.

The Pillars here mentioned were, according to the learned Mr. Anstis's Opinion, not unusual Ensigns in those Days. And we find our celebrated Chaucer, in the Plowman's Tale, where he sets forth the Duty of a Clergyman, uses the Word, Ver. 2044.

And Ufin none Yerthly Honours, Ne Croune, ne curious Covertours ; Ne Pillar, ne other proud Pall, &c.

No one sure will charge the Cardinal's riding on a Mule as a Mark of his Haughtiness ; nor' was


This extraordinary Poet's had Scholarship enough, and Christian Name was John, born, Wit too mnch : Ejus Sermo (faith as we imagine, in Norfolk, and Pitz) Sallus in Mordacem, Riwhat makes it more probable sus in Oprobrium, Jocus in Amais, that there was not only an ritudinem ; But by others he was antient Family of this Name in accounted a meer Rimer. Du. that County, but he had a Bene- ring his Restraint in the San&tufice at Dis, firuate therein. Edry he met with much Respect

Erasmus, in his Letter to King from Abbot isip, where he died Henry, stileth Skelton, Britannica. on the 21it of June, 1529, and rum Literarum lumen & decus. was buried in St. Margaret's

It is said by another, That he Chapel with this Epitaph :

it any Testimony of his Humility, but agreeable to the Usage of his Time, and in Correspondence with the antient Practice of Clergymen, who then esteemed it unbecoming them to ride upon a Horse, forasmuch as our Saviour rode on the Fole of an Ass.

But as to Skelton, he had no sooner published his odd Invective, than he fed to the Sanktuary * at Westminster for Refuge ; and there shut himself up, in order to secure himself from the Cardinal's Resentment, though it does not appear he ever thought it worth his while to enquire after him.

But, before he attacked the Cardinal, he must needs be thewing some of his ill-natured Wit in finding Fault with some Verses wrote by the famous William Lilly, t to which he returned Skelton this Answer.



* Now known by the Name Cardinal Wolsey, in particuof the Ambury.

lar, was highly pleased with + William Lilly was born his Grammar; and there is now at Odiham in Hampshire, and in Being a Lațin Preface to it, in his Youth travelled to the which his Eminence had wrote, City of Jerusalem, where he directing it to be used in his fatisfied his Curiosity in be- School at Ipswich, a Translaholding those facred Places, tion of which, when we speak which our Saviour had visit- of that Foundation, we shall ined when on Earth. In his Re- troduce. turn home he made fome Stay Lilly upon his Death, which at Rhodes, in order to study the happened about the Year 1522, Greek; from whence he came to was buried in the fame Grave Rome, where he heard John Sul with his Wife, in the Churchpitius and Pomponius Sabinus, yard of St. Paul's Cathedral, to great Masters of the Latin whose Memory, after the Fire Tongue. Upon his Arrival in of London, a Brass Plate was fixEngland, Dr. John Colet made ed with the following Inscriphim first Master of St. Paul's tion. School, which Trust he com.

GULIELMUS LILIO, mendably discharged for several PAULIÆ SCHOLAE OLIM PRÆYears, during which Time he

CEPTORI PRIMARIO, IT AG. wrote his Grammar and other NETÆ CONJUGI, IN SA. Latin Works, which have been, CRATISSIMO HUJUS TEMPLA almost ever since, the Oracles of COEMITERIO HINC che Grammar Schools in England, CO NUNC DESTRUCTO, CONSE





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With Face so bold, and Teeth fo sharp,
With Viper's Venom, why doft carp?
Why are my Verses by thee weigh’d
In a false Scale ? May truth be said ; i
Whilst then, to get thee more Esteem,
A learned Poet thou fain would'ft seem, il
Thou'rt, O SKELTON! all Men know it,

Neither learned, nor a Poet.
William Lilly also compiled the following Epi-
taph, on the famous Dr. Colet's Monument; a little
Account of whom fee in Vol. IL p. 305.? ,?

Inclyta JOANNES, LONDĪNI. Gloria Gentis,
Is tibi qui quondam, PaulE, Decanus erat;
Qui toties magno resonabat Pectore Chriftum ;

Doctor & Interpres fidus Evangelii:
Qui Mores Hominum multum Sermones diserta

Formarat, Vitæ fed Probitate magis : · Quique Scholam struxit celebrem Cognomine Jesu;

Hac dormit tectus, Membra Coletus Humo. Floruit sub HENRICO VII. & HENRICO VIII. Reg.

Obiit Ann. Dom. M.D.xix.
Disce mori Mundo, vivere disce Deo.

In English thus :
John, the renowned Glory of the Londoners,

And formerly, O Paul! thy Dean,

Who go frequently preached Christ;
A Dolor and faithful Interpreter of the Gospel;
Who, by his Discourses, greatly checqued

Tbe PULTIS, GEORGIUS LILIUS tofore first Master of Paul's School, HUJUS ECCLESIÆ CANONI- and ÁGNES his Wife, buried tocus, PARENTUM MEMORIÆgether in the back Part of the Holy PIE CONSULENS, TABELLAM Church-yard of this Cathedral, HANC, AB AMICES CONSER- notu ruined ; George LiLY, VATAM, HIC

Canon of the Church, out of a pious Regard for the Memory of

Parents, had this Platè refixed, In Englib.

which was faved by the Care of T. WILLIAM LILLY, bere- Friends,



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