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I. ENTIRE TRACTS. Life of Bishop Jewell

Page v The Apology of the Church of England An Exposition upon the two Epistles of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

123 Treatise of the Holy Scriptures

417 A Treatise of the Sacraments

481 Sermon on Romans, xiii.

569 on Romans, vi. 19.


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1. Extracts from his Sermons. On Christian Love

614 Obedience the Test of Gratitude

624 The Estimation in which Ministers of the Gospel are to be held

626 Ministerial Zeal for the Salvation of Souls 629 The acceptable Time

631 The Union of Faith with Holiness

636 Christian Humility

638 2. Extracts from the Defence of the Apology of

the Church of England, in Answer to Mr. Harding, the Jesuit

643 3. Extracts from another Tract against Harding 751

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If 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, inany 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 influe ence 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, so 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

companied with ingenuity and modesty, begat an exceeding love of him in his master Bowin; and this his master's love did reciprocally reflect upon him, that afterwards, being bishop, he forgat him not, but most highly esteemned and bountifully rewarded all Bowins for his master's sake: from whom he was sent at the age of thirteen to Oxford, and first committed to Master Burrey, of Merton college, a man meanly learned, and (as those times were) somewhat tainted with popery.

But because he had a post-master before (Divine Providence so disposing), by him he was commended to Master Parkhurst, who, wanting one, most willingly received him into his tuition, and the place which he had in his gift ; and being desirous, together with all other wholesome learning, to season his tender years with pure religion, took occasion often before him to dispute with Master Burrey about controverted points; and intending to confer the translations of Coverdale and Tindal, gave him Tindal's translation to read, himself overlooking Coverdale's.

In the which collation of translations Jewell oft smiled, which Master Parkhurst observing, and marvelling that in those years he could note barbarisms in the vulgar translations, brake into these words: “ Surely, Paul's Cross will one day ring of this boy ;" prophesying, as it were, of that noble sermon of his at Paul's Cross, which gave such a blow to the superstitions of the popish inass, or rather, to the whole mass of popish superstition, that all the defenders of them have ever since staggered.

5. Now the blossoms of poetry and eloquence began in great abundance to appear in the spring of his age, unto the great delight of his hearers, who thereby conceived a singular hope of his admirable learning in the maturity of his studies ; when he was out of Merton college transplanted into Corpus

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