The Works of George Herbert

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EPISTOLAE

I. Ad Buckingh. C.
Gratulatio de Marchionatu
A.D. 1619 [Jan. 1617/18]

Illustrissime Domine.

ECQVID inter tot gloriae titulos caput vndique munientes meministi Magistrum Te esse Artium? an inter lauros principis hederae nostrae ambitiosae locus est? hunc

quidem gradum pignus habes amoris nostri, haec est ansa5
qua prehendimus Te, et tanquam Aquilam inter nouas honorum nubes è conspectu nostro fugientern reuocamus. Tu vicissim abundè compensas nos, gratissimóque Almam Matrem prosequeris animo: proin vt Fluuij quas aquas à
Fonte accipiunt non retinent ipsi, sed in mare dimittunt;10
sic Tu etiam dignitates ab optimo Rege desumptas in vniuersam Rempublicam diffundis: per Te illucet nobis Iacobus noster. Tu aperis illum populo, & cùm ipse sis in summa, arbore alterâ manu prehendis Regem, alteram nobis
ad radices haerentibus porrigis. Quare, meritissime Marchiox,15
Tuam gloriam censemus nostram, et in honoribus Tuis nostro bono gratulamur; quanquarn quem alium fructurn potuimus expectare ab Eo, in quem fauor Regius, nostra vota, virtutes tantae confluxerunt? inter quae etiam certamen
oritur et pia contentio, vtrum gratia Principis virtutes tuas,20
aut nostra vota gratiam Principis, aut Tuae virtutes et vota nostra et Principis gratiam superarent. Nimirum vt lineae, quamuls diuersâ viâ, omnes tamen ad centrum properant; sic disparatae foelicitates hinc à populo, illinc à Principe,
in Te conueniunt, et confabulantur. Quare quomodo alij25

I-XVI from The Orator's Book, vol. II, a manuscript collection in the Registry of the Universiy of Cambridge. T. Zouch printed III and VIII in his edition of Walton's Lives ( 1796). All were printed by Pickering ( 1836), Willmott ( 1854), and Grosart ( 1874).

I. Title. for date see note Quare 17 gratulamur. nostra, nimirum vt lineae 3 magistrum io dimittunt 15 19 confluxerunt. 21 virtutes, 22 23-4 properant. Sic

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