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says, "which Ritson seems to have questioned." But the stages of the demonstration were not published.
Sir Egerton Brydges pronounces the poetical genius of Breton to be certainly delicate and copious, if not powerful. His piety shows itself ardent and elevated. The following selections are made from his "Soul's Harmony," "Longing of a Blessed Heart," and "A Divine Poem, divided into two parts, the Ravisht Soul and the Blessed Weeper."
What is the gold of all this world but dross?
The power but weakness, and but death the life;
The knowledge blindness, and the care a madness,
The rest but trouble, aud the mirth but sadness?
CHRIST THE LORD OF ALL THINGS.
If thou speak'st of power, all powers
If of truth, it is his trial;
If of goodness, 'tis his story;
If of justice, Judgment sheweth
If of bounty, 'tis his blessing;
If of patience, his perfection;
If of triumph, 'tis his merit;
If above all these thou singest,
To such height my Saviour raiseth,
Let all kings and princes then
Both in heaven and earth adore Him,
In his only mercy seeing,
All, and only all your being.
When the angels all are singing,
In the ground of high heaven's graces,
Oh that my poor soul were near them,
Then should Faith in Love's submission,
Where that sins are in remission,
Of her comfort's high commending,
But, ah! wretched, sinful creature!
That doth tune the angels' voices,
No, the song of deadly sorrow,
Of my foul infected spirit.
Yet while Mercy is removing
No, my soul, be no more sorry;
There when thou art well conducted,
Sing with saints, to angels nighest,
SIMON WASTELL was a native of Westmoreland, and descended from those of his name living at Wastellhead, in the same county. He was entered a student of Queen's College, Oxford, in or about the year 1580. "He took one degree in arts five years after, at which time," says Anthony à Wood, "being accounted a great proficient in classical learning and poetry, he was made master of the free school at Northampton, whence, by his sedulous endeavours, many were sent to the universities." From a tabular arrangement of the incumbents of Daventry, given in Bridges' "History of Northamptonshire," it appears that Wastell was vicar of that parish from 1631 to 1635, in which year he was succeeded by Thomas Easton. Considering the advanced period of Wastell's life at the time of the latter date, we have presumed that death alone could have caused his removal from the living, and have accordingly ventured to give the year of his decease as above.
Wastell published, in 1623, "The True Christian's Daily Delight: being a sum of every chapter of the Old and New Testament, set down alphabetically in English verse, that the Scriptures we read may more happily be remembered." In 1629, this work was enlarged and reprinted under the the title of "Microbiblion; or, the Bible's epitome in verse." It seems to have been intended to fix the history of the Bible in the memory of young
persons; and for this purpose the author begins each stanza with the various letters of the alphabet in regular succession, except that the last four letters being hopelessly profane or untractable, are systematically excluded from such initial honour. The poetry is pretty much on a level with the mnemonic verse which used to be in vogue to facilitate the comprehension of the mysteries of the multiplication table, and the acquirement and retention of other useful or ornamental information. To the edition of the "Microbiblion" published in 1629, were affixed two poems, one of which, "Upon the Image of Death," is more properly referred to Robert Southwell. The following stanzas have sometimes been inserted amongst the poems of Quarles. They can scarcely claim a very copious inspiration. To say that they exhibit a fairly judicious selection from the first fifty types of fleetness and evanescence that occurred to the memory or challenged observation, would be almost sufficiently to characterize them. But the kind of aggregation of which they are an example—of illustration after illustration, of "line upon line "-has a certain picturesqueness of aspect and popularity of interest which may justify their insertion.
OF MAN'S MORTALITY.
Like as the damask rose you see,