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Powers of his Genius, and inflamed with the Zeal for the Discovery of Truth, unwound all these Mazes, however difficult and perplexed; Things in themselves obscure he brighten'd, the doubtful reduc'd to Certainty, and polished the unornamental. He by drawing away the Veil, exhibited to publick View and Admiration the ancient Face of the Church. In his Writings we with Joy behold her very Picture drawn in proper Colours, and exactly agreeable to the true Features and Lineaments of the Original; and how will that Joy and Veneration be increased, when we shall view the Matron herself before us, reviv'd as it were from the Dead, breathing, speaking! Much should I injure one endeared to me by the strictest Rules of Friendship, much esteemed from frequent Trials of his Integrity, if I did not believe his frequent and folemn Afleverations, that he did not engage in this Great Work out of any Desire of Innovations, any private Resentments, or meaner Views of Interest, but merely for the Good and Advantage of the Church. Neither should I act the human, faithful or just Part, did I not endeavour to fix in the Minds of others that Character and Opinion of Him, which is intirely rooted in my own; and which I did not rafhly take up from fight Conjectures, but from an intimate Acquaintance and long Experience. This. Recommendation would be too' invidious, and more uneasy to Him than any one besides, should I say that he never err’d, never was mistaken in fo long a Work, never let some Words in the Heat of his Pen pass from him, which he would not willingly have recalled upon cooler Reflections. Should I say that he has not often nor grofly err’d, nor willingly drawn others into Mistakes ; should
I positively assert that there are many Things in these Writings that merit the highest Praise, few that want any Allowances of Excufe, none but what Men of Humanity might easily pardon; I should in that utter my own Opinion, and, if I am not deceived by too great a Fondness of FriendThip, the Opinion of all impartial Judges too. Be there then room left for Pardon, for Praise, for Gratitude. If some sharp, warm or free Express sions have escaped him, a Reader of any Humanity will not attribute them to Envy, Refentment, or Arrogance, but to a Temper of itself too warm, or perhaps to Passion easily pardonable in a Soldier who contended for all that is dear to Us, in a Son endeavouriņg to rescue his Mother from Injury and Violence. But if there is an Overbalance of Beauties in his Writings, if he has treated of Things in themselves difficult, useful, pleasing; if he has confirmed them by the strongest Arguments, if he has imprinted them in the Minds of the Readers by a Purity and Perspiçuity of Stile, it is fit that he receive the Applause due to Learning from Men of Letters, from the Eloquent the Honour due to Eloquence. If he has bravely asserted the Privileges and Liberties of ConvOCATIONS at the Hazard of his own Fortune, if he has preferr'd the publick Advantage to his private Interest, let the CLERGY make some Returns at least, to the Affertor of The Rights of the Clergy. May this Man, of equal Penetration and Diligence in the Management of Business, receive this most proper Reward of his Services, the Opportunity of acting in a larger Sphere, where he may exert all his Powers of Arts and Genius, in contriving, promoting, and confirming the Peace of the Church.
With what Applause has he often preached before the People, the Magistrates, the Clergy, the Senate, and the Court! How often has the late Queen MARY (now gathered to the Saints above) been charmed with his Eloquence! And what Address did he use in tempering the Soul of her Sister, who still survives (and by the Blessing of Heaven may she long do so!) when she was almost opprefsed and overcome by her late Affliction.* As he has long supported with Dignity the different and distinct Offices of a Preacher, Canon, Arch-Deacon, and Dean, fo may he with the same Virtues, the same Eloquence, the fame universal Approbation, adorn this Chair as PROLOCUTOR, who will (if I prophecy right) fome Time or other adorn one in a greater and more honourable Station.
The present State of Affairs certainly promises Us every Thing that is likely to redound to the Advantage and Glory of The Church of England, from the Inclination of the People, the Zeal of the Ministry, the Piety of the best of QUEENS, and the closest Agreement between the Civil and Ecclesiastical Powers. There ever was a near Affinity between the House of Commons, and the Lower House of Convocation, a Resemblance such as is usual between Sisters, with some Diversity: But from this Time there will be a nearer Relation between them, while + two Persons educated together in the same College (ever fruitful of the best Sciences) under the same I Prelate of blessed Memory, happily instructed in the same Princi
* The Death of Prince GEORGE. if Mr. Bromley and Dr. Atterbury both of Chrift-Church, Oxon.
ples, preside over these different Affemblies; both
of them, of tried, fixed, unshaken Fidelity, to • their Prince, their Country, and their Church; who boch make us hope Great Things, and who will still perform Greater. The One a strenuous Affertor of the best constituted and happily tempered Government, the Other of its Church. He certainly was a proper Person for a SENATE to make Choice of to preside over them, that bore the deepelt Veneration for their QUEEN; and one fit to be confirmed by the Authority of a QUEEN, who had the tendereft Affection for her People: Neither is This Person unworthy to be recommended to you, FATHERS, by a Clergy most Dutiful and Respectful to the Episcopal Order, nor undeferving that Approbation, which you, Venerable Fathers, out of your tender Affection to that CLERGY, shall vouchsafe to their Election.
Nova PHILOSOPHIA Veteri præ
ferenda eft. *
QUOUSQUE Veterum Vestigiis ferviliter in
& fiftemus. Academici, nec ultra Patres fapere audebimus? Quoufque Antiquitatis ineptias, ut Senum Deliria nonnulli folent, religiose venerabimur ? Pudeat fane, dum tam præclarum Ætatis hujufce Specimen coram Oculis præfens intuemur, ad Antiquos Encomia nostra transferre, & inter priora fæcula quos celebremus sedulo investigare.
Satis fuperque veteri Philofophiæ concessum est, quod STAGYRITÆ Laudibus Theatrum toties fonuit Sheldonianum, quod ille vel Alexandro suo major in Scholarum Roftris tam diu impune triumphavit, & totum Mundum habuit Discipulum. Fæliciori tandem ingenio fuccedit CARTESIUS, qui contra omnes omnium oppugnantium vires Veritatem pertinaciter asseruit, & novum hoc introduxit philosophandi Genus ; fi vero Philosophiæ isti Novitatis Nomen tribuendum fit, quæ, quanquam jam primum innotuerit, vel Peripateticam Antiquitate superat, & ipfi Materiæ a quâ derivatur, existit coætanea. Illustris ille Vir, quem unum Galliæ invidemus, . proinde omnia explicuit, ac si
* vid. Theatri Oxonienfis Ercania, sive Comitia Philologica, Julii 7. 1693, celebrara. N. B. oi this Piece one Lockmann who pretended to write Mr. Addison's Life, was wholly igtorant,