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The Sheets I have taken the Freedom to address to you were the Fruits of leisure Hours; when, somewhat grave, and sensible of a Deficiency in that Part of a Man's Cloathing that has so great a Sympathy with the Animal Spirits, I have left Mirth for the Church-yard, and deserted Folks all alive and merry, for a pensive Hour with the Dead.

This public Acknowledgement of the many Favours I have received from you, Sir, and your noble Family, I hope you will accept with your

accustomed Kindness. Long, long may it be ere your Virtues furnish Matter for your Epitaph, but may you live to write that of



Your moji affeEticnate Friend,

and obliged jumble Servant,





E P I T A P H S.


St. Jobn's, Neuremberg.
YRedo Refurretionem Carnis.

Bafilius Besler Noricus,
Artis Pharmaceuticæ amator fingularis,
Rei Herbariæ ftudiofus.

Una custodia Pietas.

In English thus : I believe in the Resurrection of the Flesh. Bafilius Besler of Neuremberg, a fingular. Loves of • Chemistry, and Student in Botany. 1629. Piety is • the only Guard.'

This Epitaph is inserted on account of its being fo beautifully modest. This learned Man, the most



knowing Botanist of his Time, contents himself (for he wrote the Inscription himself) with the simple Title of Rei Herbariæ studiofus. But, for his Skill in Botany, see his Collection, under the Title of Mufæum Befíerianum. He also wrote a Treatise, containing a Description of the Bishop of Aichftedt's Gardens, under the Title of Hortus Ayftadtensis.

Pantheon, at Rome.
Raphaeli San£tio, Joannis F. Urbinati,
Pictori eminentiffimo, veterumque æmulo.
Cujus spiranteis prope imagineis fi contemplere,

Naturæ atque Artis foedus facile inspexeris :
Julii 11. et Leonis X. Pont. Max. Picturæ et

Architecturæ operibus gloriam auxit.

Vixit Annos xxxvII. integer integros. Quo die natus est, eo effe defiit, viII Id. April

. MDXX. Ille hic eft Raphael, timuit quo fofpite vinci

Rerum magna Parens, et moriente mori. Ut videant Pofteri oris decus ac venuftatem, cujus

gratias Mentemque celeftem in Picturis admirantur, Raphaelis

Sanctii Urbinatis, Pictorum Principis, in tumulo fpirantem ex

mar more Vultum Carolus Marattus tam eximii viri memoriam

veneratus Ad perpetuum virtutis exemplar et incitamentum


In English thus : To Raphael Sanctius, Son of John of Urbino, the

celebrated Painter, and Rival to the most illustrious • of his Profession among the Ancients. In contem• plating his almost breathing Images, you will calily o discover a {trict Alliance between Art and Nature.

. By his exquisite Performances, both in Architecture

and Painting, he exceedingly raised the Glory of « Julius the Second and Leo the Tenth, under whose « Popędoms he lived and wrought. He died on the

fame Day that he was born, the 8th of the ldes of « April, 1520. Aged 37.

This is the great Raphael. Nature, the Mother 6 of all Things, was equally afraid of being outdone

by him while he lived, and of expiring when he died. o Out of a profound Veneration for the Memory of • this excellent Man, and to enable Pofterity to ad« mire the graceful Features of one, whose divine Soul < is universally admired in the several masterly Strokes

of his Pencil, and to excite others, by a standing • Monument, to follow his noble Steps, Charles Ma< ratti erected this Marble Effigy, in the Year 1674.'

Intended by Mr. Prior for his own Monument. As Doctors give Phyfick by way of Prevention,

Matt alive and in Health of his Tomb-ftone took Foç Delays are unsafe, and his pious Intention (care;

May haply be never fulfill'd by his Heir, Then take Matt's Word for it, the Sculptor is paid;

That the Figure is fine, pray believe your own Eye; Yet credit but lightly what more may be said';

For we flatter ourselves, and teach Marble to lye. Yet counting so far as to Fifty his Years,

His Virtues and Vices were as other Men's are ; High Hopes he conceiv'd, and he smother'd great Fears,

In a Life party-colour'd, half Pleasure, half Care. Nor to Business a Drudge, nor to Faction a Slave,

He strove to make Intrest and Freedom agree; In publick Employments industrious and grave; [he!

But alone with his Friends, Lord! how merry was Now in Equipage stately, now humbly on Foot, Both Fortunes he try'd, but to neither would trust,


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And whirl'd in the Round, as the Wheel turn'd about, He found Riches had Wings, and knew Man was

but Duft. This Verse, little polish'd, tho' mighty sincere,

Sets neither his Titles nor Merits to View : It says, that his Relicks collected lie here, And no Mortal yet knows too if this may

be true. Fierce Robbers there are, that infest the Highway,

So Matt may be killd, and his Bones never found; False Witness at Court, and fierce Tempests at Sea,

So Matt may yet chance to be hang’d or be drown'd. If his Bones lie in Earth, roll in Sea, fly in Air,

To Fate we must yield, and the thing is the same; And if passing thou giv'st him a Smile or a Tear,

He cares not—yet pr’ythee be kind to his Fame.

Tiddeswall, Derbyshire. Under this Stone as here doth ly, a Corps sometime of

Fame, In Tiddeswall bred and born truly Robert Pursglove by

Name. And there brought up by Parents Care at Schoole and

Learning trad Till afterwards by Uncle dear to London he was had; Who William Bradshaw hight by Name in Pauls

which did him place, And there at Schoole did him maintaine full thrice

3 whole Year's Space : And then into the Abberye was placed as I wis, In Southwark call'd, where it doth ly, Saint Mary

Overis : To Oxford then, who did him send into that College

right, And there 14 Years did him find which Corpus Christi hight:

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