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A Grateful Mention of Deceased Bishops, by Clement Barksdale (1686)

A Grateful MENTION of Deceased BISHOPS

1. ABBOT, all Englands Metropolitan,
By Preaching, and by Writing, Honour won.

2. Abbot of Sarum, Regius Professor, taught
By’s Learned Lectures, and the Books he wrote.

3. Babington Worster may be read with gain;
A Writer very pious, very plain.

4. Bancroft and Whitgift, both in the prime Seat,
Both in their Books and Government were great.

5. Bilson of Winton, Great: No doubt of it:
Study the Obedience which he writ.

6. May Primate Bramhall, with prime Authors go;
His Divine Works we have in Folio.

7. Brideock of Chichester, two Kings did please,
For Latham-House, and other Services.

8. Bedel of Kilmore, He right Learned was,
With him his Irish Bible’s lost; Alas!

9. Bancroft of Oxon, built the Bishops House,
Burnt to the Ground by Rebels furious.

10. Carlton of Chichester, a grave Learned Man,
Wrote many good Books, Read them he that can.

11. Cosins of Durham, Kings Chaplain in’s Exile,
And wrote the Scripture History therewhile.

12. Creighton in War, and Exile, Kings attended,
Old faithful Creighton then to Bath commended.

13. Carlton (Guy) strong in arms, at Bristol he
Bishop, got o’re the Phranticks Victory.

14. Davenant Sarum, Professor Regius, stable,
In Life and Doctrine strict, yet peaceable.

15. Duppa of Sarum, Princes good grave Teacher,
A Confessor, advanc’d to Winchester.

16. Earl Worster, the Prince Charles’s Chaplain, first,
To the Exiled King made good his trust.

17. Frewen of York; Vice-Chancellor, an Actor
Vigilant, to make Laud our Benefactor.

18. Gauden at Exeter, had Laetitia,
For Anglicanae lacrimae & suspiria.

19. Godwin of Hereford Bishop, justly so.
His Kings and Bishops among good Books go.

20. Old Goodman wrote the Fall of Man, and more:
His Name at Gloster lives among the Poor.

21. Hall Norwich-prelate, he hard measure had:
Admirable Writer, under Persecution glad.

22. Harsnet of York, one of the first I find,
Who preach’d at Pauls, Gods Love to all Minkind.

23. Hacket of Lichfield, ingenious Preacher, very
Charitable; his word, Do well and be Cheery.

24. Holdsworth and Brownrig, good Bishops elect,
By the good King, by ungodly men reject.

25. Jewel of Sarum’s Works deserve gold Chain,
In every Church, wherein they yet remain.

26. Juxon of London, had kept Kings Treasury,
Kept his more precious Soul, when led to dye.

27. John King London, had three Sons of good Names,
Stiled the King of Preachers, by King James.

28. King (Henry) of Chichester, Preach’t first the Memory
Of Charles King-Martyr, thirtieth January.

29. New Colledg, Winchester and Wells may take
A fair example from Right Reverend Lake.

30. Laud Primate; See’s Council-Speech, and learn’d Book
Of Controverse, and on a Martyr look.

31. Lindsel of Hereford, for this special Act,
Is to be honoured, His Theophilact.

32. Matthews York, does in Pulpit Dominere,
Said Campian; Sure he was most Eloquent there.

33. Winchester Morley’s exile is renown’d:
He Preach’t to his great Master being Crown’d.

34. Morton of Durham Prelate, His Appeal,
Imposture, and of Providence, wrote with Zeal.

35. Nicolson Gloster’s Name shall not soon dye;
Preserv’d by’s Sermons and Apology.

36. Overal, after Nowell, Dean of Paul’s,
To Lichfield Consecrated to save Souls.

37. Parker, great Primate, rightly Consecrate;
In th’ great Queens Reign did Bishops propagate.

38. Parkhurst of Norwich Bishop, in that See
Vouchsaf’d to Print his Juvenilia.

39. Parry belov’d at Gloster, prefer’d thence
To Worster, latin’d Raynolds Conference.

40. Prideaux Worster, abus’d i’th’ Bishops Throne;
Famous i’th’ Doctor’s for Moderation.

41. Raynolds of Norwich, Merton Colledg bred,
Passions and Sermons, worthy to be read.

42. Rust late of Dromore, learnedly does tell
The use of Reason, Englisht by Halliwell.

43. Sheldon Dean, Preach’d the Kings Deliverance.
And was advanc’d to Archbishops Eminence.
‘And Sheldon fixed in so high a Sphere,
‘Raised at Oxford, the great Theatre.

44. Sanderson Lincoln’s Book might now silence
Dissenters doubts. Lectures of Conscience.
This Doctors Sermons at great rate are Sold;
For Solidness are worth their weight in Gold.

45. Sandys York-Primate, see his happiness
In his own Virtues, and his Sons no less.

46. York-Primate Stern, but lately from us gone,
Is worthy of an honourable mention.

47. Smith Glocester, great Hebrician is blest,
For great pains on the Bible, with the rest.

48. Spotswood Scots Loyal Primate, and his Son,
For Charles the first have suffer’d much, much done.

49. Taylor the Bishop, England and Ireland fills
With Nectar dropping from his Lips and Quills.

50. Usher Lord Primate, not one Land alone;
His Works in all the Learned World are known.

51. Philosopher and Theologer, these two
Compleat the grave John Wilkins, Bishop too.

52. Williams of Lincoln, honour’d, dishonour’d; this
Lincoln-Colledg-Chappel built, Honour is.

53. Wren Confessor, fifteen years in the Tower,
Constant in Loyalty to his last hour.

54. Whitgift with all his might this Church maintain’d,
And Bancroft likewise; both much Glory gain’d.


The first James many learned works hath done;
Read first of all, Δῶρον Βασιλικὸν.

First Charles’s Wisdom to his Enemies known,
When came to light, Βασιλικὴ εἰκὼν.

The 2d Charles hath said and done such things,
Which make him famous with the best of Kings.

King James the 2d, God guide all his days,
In’s Brothers, Fathers, and Grand fathers ways.
He will the living Bishops love and keep,
As Kings before him did those now asleep.

Quae fama unius lecti, lux quanta Jacobos,
Qstendisse duos, atque duos Carolos.
What fame, what light for one Age, to have shown
Two Jameses, and two Charleses, in one Throne!


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In the year 1646 there was built in Rhode Island, for some of the richer men of New Haven, a new ship, of which one Lamberton was appointed master. On her arrival at New Haven, though of good and commodious dimensions, she was found to be so faultily built, that her captain often said she would prove the grave of those who might embark on board of her.

Nevertheless this did not prevent many from determining to sail in her, and lading her with goods for trade. In January, 1647, cutting their way through the ice of the harbor, they set sail. On board were many of the most notable of the New Haven worthies,—Gregson, Turner, and the “goodly Mrs. Gregson,” being among the number. A strange presentiment appeared to possess all minds as they bade their friends adieu. Mr. Davenport prayed, with tearful eyes, “Lord, if it be thy pleasure to bury these, our friends, in the bottom of the sea, they are thine.” Thus, amid prayers and fears, they departed over the sea.

But they returned not again. Bleak winter blossomed into spring, yet the pleasant waters of the bay, from which the ship had faded in the midst of ice and snow, were gladdened with no welcome sail. Neither were tidings of their arrival at their destined port brought by any of the ships from England. Distressing doubts and gloomy fears began to arise. The nameless presentiment which overshadowed all minds at the embarkation was now remembered,—ominous tokens and signs were noted. As the months passed on with still no news from the missing ship, even the most hopeful began to despair. Those who had at first surmised that she had been driven by contrary winds to a foreign port, and was, therefore, longer absent, gradually yielded to the conviction that they never more should behold the gallant vessel. There was mourning for their loss throughout all the colony, and much prayer to God, that, if it was His good pleasure, He “would let them hear what He had done with their friends, and prepare them with a suitable submission to His holy will.” Their fervent prayers were answered. In the month of June a terrific thunder-storm overhung the town, arising from the northeast. After this had passed away, and the atmosphere became serene, about an hour before sundown, a SHIP, like to the missing one, came gaily up the harbor with canvas and colors all abroad, sailing against the wind, neither tacking nor veering, but holding an onward course. She seemed rather to sail in the heavens than the sea, though she came no nearer the shore than is done by vessels of such large dimensions. Some, however, averred that they might have hurled a stone on board of her. Many were drawn forth to behold this strange vision,-this work of God. The very children cried out, “There goes a brave ship!” All that saw her said she was the very likeness and image of the ship they had lost. She continued in full sight from a quarter to half an hour, amid exclamations of the admiring spectators, who could distinguish the colors and rigging of the various parts. Suddenly there appeared on the top of the poop a man, with his left arm placed akimbo, and his right holding a sword, with which he pointed towards the heavens. Thereupon the ship vanished. First her maintop seemed to be blown off, her left hanging in the shrouds; then her mizen-top; then all her masting seemed blown away by the board; then careening, she overset, and so vanished into a smoky cloud, which soon was dissipated, and left the air as pure and clear as before. Greatly edified by the sight, the pious spectators hesitated not to say, “This was the mould of our ship, and this her tragic end.” They returned thanks to God for thus placing at rest their minds, disquieted by hopes and fears; and Mr. Davenport publicly declared, “That God had condescended, for the quieting of their afflicted spirits, this extraordinary account of His sovereign disposal of those for whom so many fervent prayers were made continually.”

[The above is almost a literal transcript from the original accounts of the appearance of this phantom ship, according to Mather’s Magnalia, Book I, 25, Winthrop’s History of New England, vol. II, 328. Peter’s Hist. of Conn. (London Ed., 186,) has a still different account; but as he pretends to borrow from Mather, I have not noticed it. I may add, that Winthrop places the appearance of the ship two years after its loss, while Pierpont’s letter, as given by Mather, makes the ship appear in the spring following. Winthrop speaks of the appearance of the man with the sword, while Mather only tells us of the ship.]

Yale Literary Magazine (1855), Vol. 21, pp. 118-119.

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