Lives of John Donne, Henry Wotton, Richd [I E Richard] Hooker, George Herbert, Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1898 Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION. T HAVE been persuaded, by a friend whom Introduc. I reverence, and ought to obey, to write tion the Life of RICHARD HOOKER, the happy Author of Five--if not more--of the eight learned books of " The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity." And though I have undertaken it, yet it hath been with some unwillingness: because I foresee that it must prove to me, and especially at this time of my age, a work of much labour to enquire, consider, research, and determine what is needful to be known concerning him. For I knew him not in his life, and must therefore not only look back to his death, --now sixty-four years past, --but almost fifty years beyond that, even to his childhood and youth; and gather thence such observations and prognostics as may at least adorn, if not prove necessary for the completing of what I have undertaken. This trouble I foresee, and foresee also that it is impossible to escape censures; against which I will not hope my well-meaning and diligence can protect me, --for I consider the age in which I live--and shall therefore but intreat of my Reader a suspension of his censures, till I have made known unto him some reasons, which I 3 Reasons myself would now gladly believe do make me for this in some measure fit for this undertaking; and if these reasons shall not acquit me from all censures, they may at least abate of their severity, and this is all I can probably hope for. My reasons follow. About forty years past--for I am now past the seventy of my age--I began a happy affinity with William Cranmer, --now with God, --grand-nephew unto the great Archbishop of that name;--a family of noted prudence and resolution; with him and two of his sisters I had an entire and free friendship: one of them was the wife of Dr. Spencer,1 a bosom friend...
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