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FAMILIAR Epistles to various Persons...
Of Reformation touching Church Discipline in
England, and the causes that hitherto have hin-
dered it in two Books, written to a Friend...
Of Prelatical Episcopacy, and whether it may
deduced from the Apostolical Times, by virtue
of those Testimonies which are alleged to that
purpose in some late Treatises; one whereof
goes under the Name of James Archbishop of
The Reason of Church Government urged against
Of Education; to Master Samuel Hartlib
AREOPAGITICA; a Speech for the Liberty of un-
licensed Printing, to the Parliament of England 286
The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce restored
to the good of both Sexes, from the Bondage of
Canon Law, and other Mistakes, to the true
Meaning of Scripture in the Law and Gospel
TRANSLATED FROM THE LATIN,
By ROBERT FELLOWES, A.M. Oxon.
To his Tutor THOMAS JURE.
THOUGH I had determined, my excellent tutor, to write you an epiftle in verfe, yet I could not fatisfy myself without fending alfo another in profe. For the emotions of my gratitude, which your fervices fo juftly infpire, are too expanfive and too warm to be expreffed in the confined limits of poetical metre; they demand the unconstrained freedom of profe, or rather the exuberant richness of Afiatic phrafeology. Though it would far exceed my power accurately to defcribe how much I am obliged to you, even if I could drain dry all the fources of eloquence, or exhauft all the topics of difcourfe which Ariftotle or the famed Parifian Logician has collected. You complain with truth, that my letters have been very few and very fhort; but I do not grieve at the omiffion of fo pleasurable a duty, fo much as I rejoice at having fuch a place in your regard as makes you anxious often to hear from me. I beseech you not to take it amifs, that I have not now written to you for more than three years; but with your ufual benignity and candour to impute it rather to circumftances than to inclination. For, heaven knows, that I regard you as a parent, that I have always treated you with the utmoft refpect, and that I was unwilling to teaze you with my compofitions. And I was anxious that if my letters had nothing else to recommend them, VOL. I.
they might be recommended by their rarity. And lastly, fince the ardour of my regard makes me imagine that you are always prefent, that I hear your voice and contemplate your looks; and as thus (which is usually the cafe with lovers) I charm away my grief by the illufion of your prefence, I was afraid when I wrote to you the idea of your diftant feparation fhould forcibly ruth upon my mind; and that the pain of your abfence which was alinoft foothed into quiefcence should revive and difperfe the pleasurable dream. I long fince received your defirable prefent of the Hebrew Bible. I wrote this at my lodgings in the city, not as ufual, furrounded by my books. If therefore there be any thing in this letter which either fails to give pleafure, or which fruftrates expectation, it shall be compenfated by a more elaborate compofition as foon as I return to the dwelling of the Mufes.
London, March 26, 1625.
To ALEXANDER GILL.
I RECEIVED your letters and your poem, with which I was highly delighted, and in which I discover the majefty of a poet, and the ftyle of Virgil. I knew how impoffible it would be for a perfon of your genius entirely to divert his mind from the culture of the Muses, and to extinguish thote heavenly emotions, and that facred and ethereal fire which is kindled in your heart. For what Claudian faid of himself may be faid of you, your "whole foul is inftinct with the fire of Apollo.' If therefore, on this occafion, you have broken your own promises, I here commend the want of conftancy which you mention; I commend the want of virtue, if any want of virtue there be. But, in referring the merits of your poem to my judgment, you confer on me as great an honour as the Gods would if the contending mufical immortals had called me in to adjudge the palm of vic