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"as ofius Domini, (the work of the Lord,) which "is enough to silence all passion in me. The "God of Peace send us in his good time the "blessing of peace; and in the mean time sit ". us to receive it. We are both on the stage, "and must act those parts that are assigned to "us in this tragedy; but let us do it in the "way of honour, and without personal ani"mositie. Whatever the issue of it be* I shall ** never resign that dear title of
"Your most affectionate friend,
"and faithful servant,
"Bath, isijunii 1643."
In Sir William's " Vindication" of himself, lately published, he thus describes the state of England at the end of the Civil War, after the boasted improvements that were supposed toj1ave been made in the Government of it:
"To be short, after the expence of so much "blood and treasure, all the difference that can ** be discerned between our former and present "estate is this: That before time, under the "complaint of a slavery, we lived like freemen j "and now, under the notion of a freedom, we "live like flaves, enforced by continual taxes "' and oppressions to maintain, and feed, our "own misery. But'all this must be borne with"patience, "patience, as in order to a reformation, of "which there cannot be a birth expected in rea"son without some pain and travail. I deny not "but possibly some things in the frame of our "State might be amiss, and in a condition fit to "be reformed. But is there no mean between "the tooth-ache and the plague? between a "fore finger and a gangrene? Are we come to "Asclepiades's opinion, that every distemper is "the possession of the Devil? that nothing but * * extreme remedies, nothing but fire and sword, "and conjuring could be thought upon to help "us? Was there no way to effect this without "bruizing the whole kingdom in a mortar, and "making it into a new paste? Those disorders "and irregularities which through the corrup"tion of time had grown up amongst us, might "in process of time, have been well reformed, "with a saving to the preservation and consist""ency of our flourishing condition. But the "unbridled insolence of these men hath torn "our heads from our shoulders, and dismem"bered our whole body, not leaving us an en"tire limb. Inque omni nusquam corpore corpus. "Like those indiscreet daughters of Peleus, they ** have cut our throats to cure us. Instead of ** reforming, they have wiped though not yet "cleansed the kingdom, according to that ex"pression in the scriptures, as a man "xipeth a "dijh and turneth it vpjide down."
Sir William was buried in the Abbey Church at Bath, under a very superb monument with his effigies upon it. The tradition current in that city is, that when James the Second visited the Abbey, he defaced the nose of Sir William upon his monument: there appear, however, at present no traces of any disfigurement.
At the end of the " Poetry of Anna Matilda," 12mo. 1788, are " Recollections" of this great General, in which he seems, with an openness and an ingenuousness peculiar to himself, to lay open the inmost recesses of his heart, and to disclose in the most humble and pious manner his frailties and his vices, under the article " Father"like Chastisements." He fays, " It was just "with God, for the punishment of my giving "way to the plunder of Winchester, to permit "the demolition of my house at Winchester. "My presumption upon my own strength and "former successes was justly humbled at the "Devizes by an utter defeat, and at Croperdy "with a dishonourable blow. This," adds Sir William, speaking of his defeat at Croperdy, "was the most heavy stroke of any that did ever "befall me. General Essex had thought to "persuade the Parliament to compromise with "the King, which so inflamed the zealous, that ** they moved that the command of their army "might be bestowed upon me; but the news "of this defeat arrived whilst they were deli"berating on my advancement, and it was to "me a double defeat. I had nearly sunken under "the affliction, but that I had a deare and a "sweet comforter; and I did at that time prove "according to Ecclesiasticus, chap. xxvi. A vir"tuous woman rejoiceth her husband: as the fun "when it ar if et h in the high heaven, so is the "beauty of a good wife. Verse 16."
Sir William in the conclusion of this very cut rious and valuable little work, in what he calls his " Daily Directory," has these reflections :— "Every day is a little life, in the account whereof "we may reckon our birth from the wombe of "the morning; oui growing time from thence ** to noon (when we are as the fun in his strength); "after which like a shadow that declineth, we "hasten to the evening of our age, till at last "we close our eyes in sleep, the image of death; "and our whole life is but this tale of a day "told over and over. I should therefore so "spend every day, as if it were all the life ** I had to live; and in pursuance of this end, "and of the vow I have made to walke with "God in a closer communion than I have "formerly done, I would endeavour, by his "grace, to observe in the course of my remain"ing spann, or rather inche of life, this daily "directory:
D D a "To
"To awake with God as early as I can, and "to consecrate the first-fruits of my thoughtsunto him by praier and meditation, and by "renewed acts of repentance, that so God may "awake from me, and make the habitation of "my righteousness prosperous. To this end I "would make it my care to lye down the night "before in the peace of God, who hath pro"mised that his commandment shall keep me "when awake, otherwise it may be justly feared "that those corruptions that bid me last good"night will be ready to give me first good to"morrow."
« Sir William Waller," says Sir Philip Warwick, who knew him personally, " was a gen"tleman of courage and of parts, and of a civil "and ceremonious behaviour. He held a gain"ful farm from the Crown of the butlerage and "prisage of wines; but upon a quarrel between "him and Sir Thomas Reynolds, a courtier, "who had an interest in the farm of the wine "licences, upon whom Waller having used his "cudgel, and being censured and fined for it in "the Star Chamber, and having a zealous lady, "who used to call him her man of God, he en* gaged on the Parliament side."
This great leader of the Parliamentary forces, in his " Recollections," pays the following tri
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