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Bishop TAYLOR and Mr. HERBERT.
By the Rev.JOHN WHEELDON, A.M.
T. CADELL, in the Strand, London, J.WOODYER,
County of Huntingdon.
Reverend S I RS,
MPERTINENCE and Pesurmption, though not absolutely defensible, yet
when they bring Jewels or Gold, are capable of Apology and Pardon - For, as a real Diamond will always sparkle even from an indelicate Hand, the value of the Present willcharm down all Disdain against the Bearer, who may be said to come not to much with a Petition, as a Claim to Acceptance --Honour and Applause, in the best Meaning of the Maxim, are Shadows that always attend upon great Bodies — Worth and Efleem, Ability and Admiration are inseparable and eternal ; and my deep Veneration for the
Names of Taylor and Herbert,make me confident in afferting that no Friend to Religion or Genius can refuse them a Share in their Affection --It was the fingular Felicity of these eminent Divines to possess the rare Union of the Head and Heart—"Like Eagles to have their Neft on a Rock, and to bear their Young on their Wings," - viz. to have the Power and the Will of being a universal Blessing.
Before I mention the Reasons of my publishing these select Pieces, perhaps some of
like to know that Jeremy Taylor bishop of Downe and Conner in Ireland was born in Cambridge, and there had his Education. Upon entering into Orders, he was some time Divinity Lecturer of St. Paul's in London, and was afterwards by the Interest of Archbishop Laud, elected fellow of All-fouls College in 1636. Two Years after he became one of the Chaplains of the Archbishop, who bestowed on him the Rectory of Uppingham in Rutlandshire. In 1642 he was, with others, by virtue of his Majesty's Letters sent to the University of Oxford, created D. D. he being then Chaplain to the King, and a frequent Preacher before his Majesty and the Court at Oxford. He afterwards attended in the King's Army in the Condition of a Chaplain. Upon the declining of his Majesty's Cause, he retired into Wales, where, under the Protection of the Earl of Carbury, of the Golden Grove in Carmarthenshire, he was permitted to offi