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Yet ev'n the greatest griefs
May be reliefs, Could he but take them right and in their ways.
Happy is he whose heart
Hath found the art
All the wayes of righteousnesse
I did think were full of trouble;
Whilst I serv'd Him but of feare,
Christopher Harvey, born in 1597, was the son of a preacher at Bunbury, in Cheshire. His mother, in 1609, took in second marriage another preacher, Thomas Pierson, of Brampton-Brian, on the borders of Radnor and Hereford. Christopher in 1613 entered Brasenose College as a poor scholar, graduated as B.A. in 1617, M.A. in 1620. He was living by the Wye, at Whitney, in Hereford-perhaps as curate— before he became rector there after the death of his predecessor, in December, 1630. For half a year, from September, 1632, to March, 1633, Christopher Harvey left Whitney to be head-master of the Grammar School at Kington; but he returned to Whitney, and four more children were born there, making a family of five, before November, 1635, when Sir Robert Whitney of Whitney presented him to the vicarage of Clifton-on-Dunsmore, in Warwickshire. Here he had four more children, of whom one, named Whitney, died in infancy, and then he himself died at the age of sixty-six, in 1663. In 1647, the Vicar of Clifton published anonymously “ The Synagogue, or Shadow of the Temple. Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations in imitation of Mr. George Herbert,” of which there was a fourth edition in his lifetime (1661). In the same year he published “Schola Cordis,” or the Heart of itself gone away from God, brought back again to Him, and instructed by Him. In forty-seven Emblems." This (left with the old spelling unaltered) is the thirtyfifth
THE ENLARGING OF THE HEART.
Christopher Harvey and his “Synagogue" received this praise from Izaak Walton
TO MY REVEREND FRIEND.
When before my God commanded
Anything He would have done,
If He thought it fit to lay
I loved you for your Synagogue before
Because I find
Which tunes your sacred lyre
(O shame to profane wits!) And sings his and your anthems, to the praise Of Him that is the First and Last of days.
1 The Rev. A. B. Grosart, in his edition for the “Fuller Worthies Library" of the whole works of Christopher Harvey--then first collected-made valuable additions to our knowledge of facts of his life.
3" The School of the Heart."
Say, heavenly Muse, shall not thy sacred vein
Afford a present to the infant God ?
To welcome Him to this His new abode,
1 There was said to have been peace throughout the world af 13* time of the birth of Christ. This happened in the reign of AREA when the idea of universal Peace--the Roman Peace-charme pure and politicians. Virgil expressed it through the forecast of tbe so of Anchises in the sixth book of the "Æneid :
“But ye, my Romans, still control
The nations far and wide.
(Conington's Train 2 Ovid tells, in the eleventh book of his “Metamorpbores Ceyx, king of Trachis, sailed to consult an oracle, promo.az s * wife Alcyone, daughter of Æolus, god of the winds, that love return in two months. He was wrecked in a storm. Juni Isis to bring to Alcyone a dream, from the pod of sleep. *** which the gbost of her dead husband told his fate. She makes
See how from far upon the eastern road
The star-led wizards haste with odours sweet! Oh! run, prevent them with thy humble ode,
And lay it lowly at His blessed feet;
Have thou the honour first thy Lord to greet, And join thy voice unto the angel quire, From out His secret altar touched with hallowed fire.
wild grief, rushed to the shore, and saw his body floating on the waves
“ Thither forthwith, O wonderful! she springs
Beating the passive air with new-grown wings,
(Sandys's Translation.) This is the fable of the Halcyon in whose breeding time at sea there is a calm.
I Than, then. Our two words were originally one word, “ thanne." - Silly, simple, innocent; from "sæ'lig," happy, blessed.
3 Unerpressive, ineffable, inexpressible. So Milton's Lycidas in heaven "hears the unexpressive nuptial song;” and Rosalind, in “As You Like It," is “The fair, the chaste and unexpressive she."
4 Ninefold harmony of the spheres. According to the Ptolemaic astronomy, there were nine moving spheres of the world; outermost, the "primum mobile," which gave motion to the others and carried them round with it in diurnal revolution, then the sphere of the fixed stars, then successively inwards the spheres or orbits of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, the Moon, the Earth being in the centre. The nine spheres were said to correspond to the nine Muses, the spaces between them formed musical intervals, and the sounds produced by their movements were said to blend in a perfect harmony of the universe. The interval from the earth to the moon was a tone, from the moon to Mercury a semitone, from Mercury to Venus another semitone, but thence to the sun three tones and a half or a diapente (the old term for an interval of a fifth), and from the moon to the sun two and a half or a diatessaron (interval of a fourth); then a tone from the sun to Mars; from Mars to Jove and from Jove to Saturn each a semitone, again a semitone to the starry sphere. From the earth, therefore, to the starry heavens a complete diapason (or octave) of six tones. Besides this, there was said to be musical proportion in the rate of movement of the planets, and the sounds produced thereby; the swifter motion of the moon causing a sound of higher pitch than that of the starry sphere, which being slowest of all produces the gravest sound, "the base of heaven's deep organ;" but there is a proportionate return caused by the motion of the primum mobile with which the starry sphere has swiftest accord and makes the shrillest treble and the moon the base,