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Security a Poet can ask for, to be shelter'd under that Great Name vhich presides over One of the most Famous Universities of Europe. To do publick Benefits, is indeed an Honour Natural and Hereditary to Your Grace's illustrious Family j 'tis to that Noble Stock we owe our Edward the Sixth; a Prince of the greatest Hopes which that or any other Age ever produc'd : A Prince, whose uncommon Proficiency in Learning made him the Wonder of his own Time; whose Care for his People will distinguish him among the best of our Kings, and whose Piety and Zeal for the true Religion, will preserve his Name Dear and Sacred to our Church for ever. But if we look back so high as the Reformation, 'twill be impossible not to remember the Share Your Grace's Noble Ancestor had in that good Work: He was the Defence and Ornament of it in his Life, and the Martyr of it in his Dearh. Since it is most certain, that those wicked and ambitious Men, who design'd the Subversion of Church and State, and of whom the Chief dy'd a profest Pa, pift, could not propose to have brought about those fatal Designs, 'till they had first remov'd the Duke of Somerset.


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I need not tell the World how well Your Grace has follow'd the Examples of How nour and Virtue in your own Family. The Establish'd Church, the Crown and Your Country, have receiv'd many Eminent Testimonies of Your unalterable Zeal for their Service, and unshaken Refolution in their Defence. There was a Time, somewhat above twenty Years ago, when the pernicious Councils of some Men put the Crown upon taking such Measures as might have been fatal in the last Degree to both Our Religious and Civil Liberties; when they had the Hardiness not only to avow a Religion equally destructive to the Church and State, but did even presume to bring in a publick Minister from the Bishop of Rome, as it were in Defiance of Our Constitution, and in Triumph over Our Laws; It was then, I say, that they thought it highly necessary to their Purpose, that a Man of the first Quality and Figure in England, should countenance so bold and unexampled an Undertaking. They pitch'd upon one, 'tis true, whose known Love of his Country Inight in a good measure have taken off the Odiousness of that Action,


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and even allay'd the Apprehensions of Danger, which on such an Occasion Peos ple naturally had. It must be own'd, that they had thought prudently for themselves; but they were highly inistaken in the Man they had chosen, and found him to be above all Temptation; such a one, whom neither the Respect he bore to the Person of the Prince, (which was very great ) nor the Menaces of an insolent Faction, could prevail upon, for any Regards, to do Violence to his Country, or engage in any thing which might be an Offence to his Honour and Conscience.

It is with Pleasure, my Lord, that we compare the troublesome Condition of those past Times, with the Security of these present. And I cannot but Congratulate Your Grace upon the Prosperity and Success of Her Majesty's Counsels, in the great JunĈture of Affairs which now draws the Eyes and Expectations of all Europe. Never, certainly, was there a fairer Prospect of Happiness than that which now rises to our View. There appears to be a general Dilposition for Unanimity and good Agreement at Home, as for Peace Abroad. These



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T seems to be a kind of Respect due to the Memory of Excellent Men, especially of those whom their Wit and Learning have made

Famous, to deliver some Account of themselves, as well as their Works, to Posterity. For this Reason, how fond do we see some People of discovering any little Perfonal Story of the great Men of Antiquity, their Families, the common Accidents of their Lives, and even their Shape, Make and Features have Vol. I.



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