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The Selections contained in this Volume originally formed the Seventh Volume in the Series published by the same Editor, under the Title of "The Fathers of the English Church."
S. Gosnell, Printer, Little Queen Street, London.
The Apology of the Church of England -
Paul to the Thessalonians
Obedience the Test of Gratitude
The Estimation in which Ministers of the Gospel
are to be held
Ministerial Zeal for the Salvation of Souls
The acceptable Time
The Union of Faith with Holiness
2. Extracts from the Defence of the Apology of the Church of England, in Answer to Mr. Harding, the Jesuit
3. Extracts from another Tract against Harding 751
THAT WORTHY PRELATE,
FAITHFUL SERVANT OF GOD,
SOMETIME BISHOP OF SALISBURY.
Ir rare and admirable qualities of our ancestors do deserve a thankful acknowledgment of posterity, then most deservedly ought the singular natural endowments and supernatural graces of this reverend prelate to live and flourish in perpetual memory; by whom as an especial means the sincere religion we now profess received much vigour and strength after her long suppression in the time of superstition. For although it hath been the singular felicity of the church of England, above some others, that in it this sacred order of bishops hath brought forth some famous martyrs, many most worthy doctors and pastors, as instruments to purge and refine the gold of the sanctuary, yet such a jewel in all respects, such nature with such grace, so heavenly learning in so heavenly a life, such eminent gifts in such eminent place, so fruitfully distilling their wholesome and sweetest influence to the refreshing and cherishing of the church of God, have not been frequently found in these later times.
2. Surely the price and happiness of Aurelius Augustinus his labours and works, the industrious vigilance of Gregory, the heavenly gifts of Theodosius,
the divine spirit of Ambrose, the golden mouth of Chrysostom, the sweet vein of Lactantius, the shining style of Fulgentius, are very conspicuous in their names; so that, if any where, Chrysostom's observation is most true, viz. " there lies a great treasure in names;" so here grace in John, and eminent perfection in Jewell.
3. His names he took from his father, John Jewell, a gentleman of good sort aad place. His mother's name was Bellamie, composed of beauty and love, which name he caused to be engraven in his signet, and had it always imprinted in his heart. Of these two, living peaceably and lovingly in the yoke of holy matrimony fifty years together, beloved of all for their virtuous and religious disposition, was John Jewell born, May 24, 'anno 1552, in Buden, in the parish of Berinber, in the county of Devon, a fertile soil of many good wits, and two most eminent, and yet fresh in our memory, to wit, Dr. Reynolds and Master Hooker: whom therefore I could not justly pass over in silence, because they were not only born in the same shire, but also brought up in the same university, and incorporate in the same college, sơ that their country can exact only a third and least part of their commendations; the other two greater must be attributed to the famous university and noble foundation, whereof they proved the greatest ornaments; for such wits, like some kind of sciences and fruits, owe more to the stock wherein they are engraft, than unto the ground or root which bare them.
4. I willingly pass in silence those years which harmless simplicity doth best commend, in the which, by the wise care of his parents, and skill of his tutors, the ground colours of those excellent virtues were first laid, which were ever after fresh and lively in him.
His singular promptness of wit and industry, ac