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Jam nec arundiferum mihi cura revisere Camum,

Nes dudum vetiti me laris angit amor;
Neç duri libet ufque minas perferre magiftri, ,

Cæteraque ingenio non fubeunda meo.

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I cannot find any meaning but this, which even kindness and reverence can give to the term, vetiti laris, “ a habi“tation from which he is excluded;" or how exile can be otherwise interpreted. He declares yet more, that he is weary of enduring the threats of a rigorous master, and something else, which a temper like bis cannot undergo. What was more than threat was evidently punishment. This poem, which mentions his exile, proves likewise that it was not perpetual; for it concludes with a resolution of returning fome time to Cambridge...

He · He took both the usual degrees; that of Batchelor in 1628, and that of Master in 1632 ; but he left the university with no kindness for its institution, alienated either by the injudicious severity of his governors, or his own captious perverseness. The cause cannot now be known, but the effect appears in his writings. His scheme of education, inscribed to Hartlib, fuperfedes all academical instruction, being intended to comprise the whole time which men usually spend in literature, from their entrance upon grammar, till they proceed, as it is calied, miasters of arts. And in his Discourse on. the likeliest Way to remove Hirelings out of the Church, he ingeniously proposes, that the profits of the lands forfeited by


the act for fuperftitious uses, skould be applied to such academies all over the land, where languages and arts may be taught together; so that youth may be at once brought up to a competency of learning and an honest trade, by which means' such of them 'as had the gift, being enabled to fupport themselves (without tithes) by the latter, may, by the help of the former, become worthy preachers.

One of his objections to academical education, as it was then conducted, is, that men designed for orders in the Church were permitted to act plays, writhing and unboning their clergy limbs to all the antick and dishonest gestures of Trincalos, buffoons and bawds, profiiluting the Shame of that ministry' which they had,

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or were near having, to the eyes of cour. tiers and court-ladies, their grooms and. mademoiselles.

This is sufficiently peevish in a man, who, when he mentions his exile from the college, relates, with great luxuriance, the compensation which the pleasures of the theatre afford him. Plays were therefore only criminal when they were acted by academicks. roditis is

He went to the university with a defign of entering into the church, but in time altered his mind; for he declared, that whoever became a clergyman must. “ subscribe Nave, and take an oath withal, which, unless he took with a “ conscience that could retch, he must "straight perjure himself, He thought. w it better to prefer a blameless filence "s before the office of speaking, bought “and begun with servitude and for“i fwearing.".."""""

Thefe expressions are, I find, applied to the subscription of the Articles; but it seems more probable that they relate to canonical obedience. I know not any of the Articles which seem to thwart his opinions; but the thoughts of obedience, whether canonical or civil, raised his indignation:

His 'unwillingnefs to engage in the ministry, perhaps not yet advanced to a fettled "resolution of declining it, appears in a letter to one of his friends, who had reproved his fufpended and dilatory life, which he seems to have


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