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dignity to the Puritanic character. And if the virtue was sometimes marred by self-will, and the faith distorted by fanaticism, it was but as the light of the stedfast stars may be for awhile dimmed or hidden by the mists and vapours of this sin-worn mould. If we do not refuse to the memory of the Puritans the just tribute of our gratitude, we must acknowledge that to them it was owing that England did not sink to the level of the France or the Spain of that day. We have entered into the labours of their might: if we have received from them any traditions not of sound doctrine, the fault is ours if we allow the authority of their opinion—which was but 'knowledge in the making'—to prejudice us against the teaching and the warning of their example.
1608 Bancroft persecutes the Puritans; they emigrate Edward Hyde (afterwards Earl of Clarendon) b., Dec. 9, John Milton b.; 20, to Virginia; May 4, German Protestant Union. d. 1674; Thomas Fuller b., d. 1661; Thomas baptized at Allhallows,
Sackville, Lord Buckhurst and Earl of Dor- Bread-street.
set d. (81). 1609 Holy League of German powers (Roman Ca- Sir Matthew Hale b., d. 1678; Sir J. Suckling tholic).
b., d. 1641; Publication of Shakespeare's
Authorised Version of the Bible, May 22 ;
James Harrington b., d. 1677.
24; Prince Henry d., Nov. 6.
Palatine, Feb. 14; Sir Thomas Overbury olbion, First Part, published, Second Part in
History of the World published.
George Villiers, Privy Councillor, April 23 ;
1616 Cautionary towns surrendered to Holland; Con- Shakespeare d. (52), April 23; Francis Beau
demnation and reprieve of Somerset. mont d. (30); Publication of Jonson's UnderMiguel Cervantes d. (69).
woods, and Browne's Britannia's Pastorals. 1617 Book of Sports ; Episcopacy in Scotland; Ra- Ralph Cudworth b., d. 1688; Algernon Sidney b. leigh's Guiana expedition.
(?), beheaded, Dec. 7, 1683. 1618 Bacon, Lord Chancellor, Jan. 4; Execution of Joshua Sylvester, translator of Du Bartas, d.
Raleigh (66), Oct. 29.- Thirty Years' War (55); Abraham Cowley b., d. 1667.
begins, May. 1619
Samuel Daniel d. (57); William Harvey (1578–
1658) discovers circulation of blood.
Bacon's Novum Organon published.
The protest of the Commons, Dec. 18.—La choly.
Fontaine b., d. 1695. 1622
George Withers' Juvenilia (Abuses, Shepherd's
Hunting, etc.). 1623 Spanish journey, Feb.; the match broken, William Camden d. (72); Giles Fletcher d. (35 Nov.-Pascal b., d. 1662.
or 37.); Bacon's De Augmentis; First Folio
of Shakespeare's Plays.
Fox b., d. 1690.
College, Cambridge Plague in London. 1626 Second Parliament, Feb. June.
Bacon d. (65), April 9; Sir John Davies d. On a Fair Infant.
(6. 1570 ?).
ENGLISH AND FOREIGN HISTORY,
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE (continued).
MILTON'S LIFE. 1627 Buckingham before Rochelle, July 7.— Arundel | Thomas Middleton d., b. 1514 (?); Hakewill's marbles brought to England.
Apology or Declaration of the Power and
Providence of God.
confirmed, June 17; Laud, Bp. of London ; 1688; Sir W. Temple b., d. 1699; Samuel
Purchas d. (51).
B.A., March 29; Nativity Ode.
clamation against Parliaments.
cation of Silvester's Works.
(58); Sir Robert Cotton d. (61); John Diy- and Marchioness of Win-
chester d., April; Sonnet I.
of Thorough.-Gustavus Adolphus killed at b., d. 1684; Sam. Pepys b., d. 1703; Second tires to Horton for five years,
Time, Solemn Music, May
Il Penseroso, Arcades, and
Abp. of Canterbury, Sept. 19.-Condem- published; Prynne pilloried for his Histrio
nation, recantation, and release of Galileo. mastix, published this year. 1634 First writ of ship-money, Oct. 20; Sir E. Coke George Chapman d. (77); Thos. Randolph d. Comus acted at Ludlow, Mid. (85).
(29); Inns Masque and Coelum Britannicum, chaelmas. Feb.; Habington's Poems.
1635 French Academy; Lope de Vega d. (67). Richard Corbet, Bp. of Norwich, d. (53); Pub. M.A., Oxford.
lication of Quarles' Emblems.
Death of Sara Milton, April 3,
and Edward King, Aug. 11;
Sir Henry Wotton d. (71); T. Ellwood b., dati; Epitaphium Damonis.
1640 Short Parliament, April 13 to May 5; Long Philip Massinger d. (56); Robert Burton d. Residence in St. Bride's Church
Parliament meets, Nov. 3.—Rubens d. (63), (64); Earl of Stirling d. (69); William yard; Education of nephews. May 30.
Wycherley b., d. 1715; Thomas Shadwell b.,
Strafford's trial, March, and execution, May Peter Lely comes to England, d. 1680; Smec- May or June; Prelatical
Episcopacy; Reason of
Church Government, June
Charles, April 23; his standard at Notting- of Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne Jan. or Feb. (?); Sonnet III,