Solomon's recantation, entituled Ecclesiastes, paraphrased, with a soliloquie upon every chapter, by F. Quarles

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Page vi - And for his family, his care was very great over that, even then, when his occasions caused his absence from it. And when he was at home, his exhortations to us to continue in virtue and godly life, were so pious and frequent ; his admonitions so grave and piercing ; his reprehensions so mild and gentle ; and (above all) his own example in every religious and moral duty, so constant and manifest, that his equal may be desired, but can hardly be met withal.
Page v - He was the husband of one wife, by whom he was the father of eighteen children, and how faithful and loving a husband and father he was, the joint tears of his widow and fatherless children will better express than my pen is able to do. "In all his duties to God and man he was conscionable and orderly.
Page vi - ... unto it. And for his family, his care was very great over that, even •when his occasions caused his absence from it. And when he was at home, his exhortations to us, to continue in...
Page vii - For, whereas a Petition full of unjust aspersions, was preferred against him by eight men, (whereof he knew not any two, nor they him, save only by sight) the first news of it struck him so to the heart, that he never recovered it, but said plainly, it would be his death.
Page v - Chronologer to the famous city of London ; which place he held to his death, and would have, given that city (and the world) a testimony that he was their faithfull servant therein, if it had pleased God to blesse him with life to perfect what he had begun.
Page 46 - God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.
Page viii - I have great reason to bewail, and many others in time will be sensible of. But my particular comfort is in his dying words that God will be a husband to the widow ; and that which may comfort others as well as me is what a reverend divine wrote to a friend concerning his death, that our loss is gain to him, who could not live in a worse age, nor die in a better time.
Page v - In all his duties to God and Man he was conscionable and orderly : He preferred God and Religion to the first place in his thoughts, his King and Country to the second, his family and studies he reserved to the last. As for God, he was frequent in his devotions and prayers to Him, and almost constant in reading or meditating on his Holy Word, as his Divine Fancies and other parts of his Works will sufficiently testifie.
Page iv - ... doubt not but he would have forgiven if he had been living, as proceeding from love, and I hope his friends will pardon now he is dead, as being the last duty I can perform to a loving husband. Those that see with what pen his works are written will say his life deserved a more skilful artist to set it forth, which office, though many might have been procured to undertake, and to which I doubt not but some would have voluntarily offered themselves if they had known that such a thing had been...
Page vi - Study ; to which he devoted himself late and early, usually by three a clock in the morning. The fruits thereof are best tasted by those, who have most perused his Works, and therefore I shall be silent in that particular. For though it had been necessary in any other, to have spoken somewhat of his writings ; yet I hope it will not be expected from me, seeing that neither the judgement of my sex can be thought competent, nor (if it were) would the nearness of my relation to him suffer me to praise...

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