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MR PURCEL L.
SET TO MUSIC BY DR BLOW,
Mark how the lark and linnet sing;
With rival notes
To welcome in the spring.
But in the close of night,
They cease their mutual spite,
The godlike man,
As he too late began.
Had he been there,
Their sovereign's fear
The power of harmony too well they knew :
And left no hell below.
III. The heavenly choir, who heard his notes from high, Let down the scale of music from the sky;
They handed him along, And all the way he taught, and all the way they sung. Ye brethren of the lyre, and tuneful voice, Lament his lot, but at your own rejoice : Now live secure, and linger out your days; The gods are pleased alone with Purcell's lays,
Nor know to mend their choice.
This was perhaps Frances, daughter of Sir William Brooke, Knight
of the Bath, and wife to Sir Thomas Whitmore, Knight-Baronet.
Fair, kind, and true, a treasure each alone,
Come, virgins, ere in equal bands ye join,
MRS MARGARET PASTON,
OF BURNINGHAM, IN NORFOLK.
This is an ancient and distinguished family in Norfolk. See Bloom
field's topographical account of that shire.
So fair, so young, so innocent, so sweet,
THE MARQUIS OF WINCHESTER.
John Powler, fifth Marquis of Winchester, was remarkable for his steady loyalty to Charles I. He garrisoned for the king his fine castle at Basing, and underwent a siege of two years, from August 1643 to October 16th, 1645; on which day it was taken by Cromwell, by storm, after having been defended with great gallantry to the very last extremity. The Marquis had written, in every window of the house, with a diamond, the motto Aymez Loyaulté. The parliamentary leaders, incensed at this device, burnt down this noble seat, (a conflagration which Cromwell imputes to accident,) and destroyed and plundered property to the amount of £200,000. The Marquis himself was made prisoner. The particulars of this memorable siege were printed at Oxford in 1645; and Oliver's account of the storm is published in Collins's “ Peerage,” from a manuscript in the Mu
The Marquis of Winchester survived the Restoration and, having died premier marquis of England, in 1674, was buried at Englefield. This monument, upon which our author's verses are engraved, is made of black and white marble ; and a copartment underneath the lines bears this inscription : “ The Lady Marchioness Dowager, in testimony of her love and sorrow, gave this monument to the memory of a most affectionate, tender husband.” On a flat marble stone, beneath the monument, is the following epitaph : " Here lieth interred the body of the
“ most noble and mighty prince, John Powlet, Marquis of Winchester, Earl of Wiltshire, Baron of St John of Basing, first Marquis of England: A man of exemplary piety towards God, and of inviolable fidelity towards his sovereign; in whose cause he
; fortified his house of Basing, and defended it against the rebels