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LAUNCELOT ANDREWES,

LORD BISHOP OF WINCHESTER,

"was a Fellow of Pembroke-Hall, in Cam"bridge (then called Collegium Episcop.) for that "in one time in those days there were seven of * * that House. The Puritan faction did begin "to emerge in those days, and especially at Em*c manuel College: they had a great mind to "draw in to them this learned young man; who "(if they could make strong) they knew would "be a great honour to them. They carried "themselves antiently with great severity and "strictness. They preached up the strict keep*c ing and observing of the Lord's-Day, made it "damnation to break it, and that 'twas lesse sin to kill a man. Yet these hypocrites did bowl "in a private Green at other Colleges, every "Sunday after sermon. And one at the Col"lege, (a loving friend to Mr. Andrewes,) to sa"tisfy him, lent him one day the key of the "private back-door to the Bowling-Green, "where he discovered these zealous Preachers "with their gownes off earnest at play; but "they were strangely surprized to see the entry "of one who was not of the brotherhood.

"There was then at Cambridge a good fatt "Alderman that was wont to sleep at churchj

** which "which the Alderman endeavoured to prevent, "but could not. Well, this was preached "against as a mark of reprobation. The good "man was exceedingly troubled at it, and went '** to Mr. Andrewes's chamber to be satisfied in "point of conscience. Mr. Andrewes told him, * *it was an ill habit of body, not of mind, and "advised him on Sundays to make a sparing "meal at dinner, and to make it up at supper. fC The Alderman did so, but sleepe comes upon "him againe for all that, and he was preached "against. He comes again to Mr. Andrewes ** with tears in his eyes to be resolved; who tc then told him that he would have him make ** a full hearty meale as he was used to do, and "presently after take out his full sleep. The "Alderman followed his advice, and came to "St. Marie's church the Sunday afterwards, "where the Preacher was provided with a ser"mon to damn all those who slept at that godly rt exercise, as a mark of reprobation. The good K Alderman, having taken Mr. Andrewes's ad"vice, looks at the Preacher all the sermon"time, and spoiled his design. Mr. Andrewes "was extremely spoken and preached against "for osfering to assoyle or excuse a sleeper in "sermon-time. But he had learning and witt "enough to defend himself."—Aubrefs MS. Netet.

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"The fullness of his material learning," fays the Dedication of Bishop Andrewes's Sermons, "left room enough in the temper of his brain ** for almost all languages, learned and mo

* dern, to feat themselves; so that his learning "had all the helps language could asford, and ** his languages learning enough for the best of ** them to express; his judgment, in the mean "time, so commanding over both, as that nei"ther of them was susfered idly or curiously ** to start from, or fall short of, their intended ** scope ; so that we may better say of him than ** was said of Claudius Drusus, He was of as

* many and as great virtues as mortal nature "could receive, or industry make perfects"

This Prelate's character was so transcendant, that Milton himself did not disdain to write an Elegy upon his death. Archbishop Laud is said to have made use of the Ritual of Bishop Andrcwes, in the Ceremonies of the Church.

. In his "Diary," Laud thus speaks of this great Prelate: "Sept. 21. About 4 o'clock in ** the morning died Launcelot Andrewes, the "most worthy Bishop of Winchester, the great light of the Christian world."

DR. HAYDOCK.

"James the First," says Wilson,"took deligh^ "by the line of his reason to sound the depths * * of bruitish impostures, and he discovered many: "for in the beginning of his reign, Richard "Haydock, of New-College in Oxford, prac"tised physick in the day, and preached in the "night in his bed. His practice came by his "profession, and his preaching (as he pre"tended) by revelation: for he would take a "text in his fleep, and deliver a good sermon "upon it; and though his auditorie were will"ing to silence him, by pulling, haling, and "pinching, yet would he pertinaciously persist to "the end, and fleep'still. The fame of this "fleeping Preacher flyes abroad with a light "wing, which coming to the King's knowledge, ** he commanded him to the Court, where he fate K up one night to hear h1m: and when "the u time came that the Preacher thought it was "f1t for him to be asleep, he began with a ** prayer, then took a text of Scripture, which "he significantly enough insisted on a while, "but after made an excursion against the Pope, "the Cross in Baptism, and the last Canons of "the Church of England, and so concluded w fleeping. The King would not trouble him T 3 "that "that night, letting him rest after his labors, but "sent for him the next morning, and in private "handled him so like a cunning Surgeon, that "he found out the sore; making him confess "not onely his sin and error in the act, but the "cause that urged him to, it which was, that he "apprehended himself as a buried man in the "Universitie, being of a low condition, and if "something eminent and remarkable did not "spring from him, to give life to his reputation, "he should never appear any body, which made "him attempt this novelty to be taken notice "of. The King, finding him ingenuous in his ** confession, pardoned him,and (after his recant"ation publiquely) gave him preferment in the "Church. Some others, both men and women, "inspired with such enthusiasmes, and frantique "fancies, he reduced to their right fenses, apply. "ing his remedies suitable to the distemper, "wherein he made himself often very merry, "And truly the loosnesse and carelesnesse of "publique justice sets open a dore to such flagi, M tious and nefarious actions, as severer times "would never have perpetrated."

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