The Norfolk Garland

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 268 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1872. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... the rev. robert southwell. 1560--1595. Robert Southwell was born at St. Faith's, Norfolk. He was educated at Douay, and at sixteen entered into the Society of Jesuits at Borne. In 1534 he came as a missionary to England, and became chaplain to Anne Countess of Arundel, in which situation he remained until 1592, when he was apprehended as a suspected conspirator against the Government and a Jesuit. He remained in prison three years, during which period he was cruelly racked many times with a view of extorting from him a disclosure of certain supposed conspiracies against the Government. At the close of the third year he sent an epistle to Cecil, Lord Treasurer, humbly entreating his lordship either to bring him to trial that he might answer for himself, or be permitted to have his friends come and see him. To this just request Cecil is said to have made the brutal remark that " if he was in so much haste to be hanged he should quickly have his desire." He was shortly after removed to Newgate, tried at Westminster for remaining in England contrary to the statute, found guilty, and executed at Tyburn, February 21st, 1505. The prevailing tone of his poetry is religions resignation. Though composed under heavy persecutions, no trace of angry feeling against human being or any human institution occurs in his poems. upon the image of death. Before my face the picture hongs, That daily should put mc in mind, Of these cold names and bitter pangs That shortly I am like to find; But yet, alas! full little I Do think hereon, that I must die. I often look upon a face Most ugly, grisly, bare, and thin; I often view the hollow place Where eyes and nose had sometimes been; 1 see the bones across that lie, Yet little think that I must die. I read the l...

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