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COLLECTS AND PRAYERS
FOR EACH SOLEMNITY.
BY ROBERT NELSON, Esq.
THE THIRTY-SECOND EDITION.
The Righteous shall be in everlasting Remembrance. Ps. cxii. 6.
lay aside every Weight, and the Sin which doth so easily beset us, and
ki us tun with Patience the Race that is sel before us. Heb. xji. 1. Deo Beneficiorum ejus, solemnibus festis & diebus statutis, dicamus
sacramusque memoriam ; ne volumine temporum ingrata subrepat oblivio.
S. August. de Civil. Dei, lib. x. c. 4. Grandis Labor, sed grande Præmium, esse quod Martyres, esse quod
Apostoli, esse quod Christus est. S. Hieron. ad Eustach. de Cast. Virg.
AND SONS, W. LOWNDES, G: WILKIE, SCATCHERD AND LETTERMAN,
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ROBERT NELSON, Esq. the pious Author of this excellent Book, was born the 22nd of June, 1656, being the Son of Mr. John Nelson, a considerable Turkey Merchant of London, and Delicia his Wife, Sister to Sir Gabriel Roberts, a Turkey Merchant also of the same City. His Father dying when he was young, he was left to the Care of his Mother, and her Brother Sir Gabriel, who being made his Guardian, was very careful of the Education of this his Nephew, who was indeed beloved by every one, being a most beautiful Youth, and of fine natural Parts. He was for some Time at St. Paul's School, in London; but the principal Part of his Education was under a private Tutor in bis Mother's House, from whence he went to Trinity College, in Cambridge, where he was entered FellowCommoner. He married the Lady Theophila Lucy, Relict of Sir Kingsman Lucy, and Daughter of John late Earl of Berkeley. His Lady enjoyed but an ill State of Health ; for the Recovery of it, he passed over with her into France, and went to Air la Chapelle, where he continued some Time, and afterwards proceeded on his Travels through France, Italy, and Germany. Never was any Englishman known to be more caressed in all the Foreign Courts which he visited, as the many Letters written to him from Princes, Ministers of State, and Persons of Distinction, do abundantly testify. Nor was he less esteemed in England, his Acquaintance being generally among such as were most remarkable for Piety and Learning, of whom the good Mr. Kettlewell was one; I here particularly mention him, because to him we owe Mr. Nelson's first engaging in this useful Work: Which whoso
ever reads, will find it no small Addition to the Pleasure and Advantage he shall reap by it, to consider that it is the work of a fine Gentleman, and one who never entered into holy Orders; because this will shew what Injustice those Men do to our most Holy Religion, who represent it as a morose, narrowspirited Institution, fit only to be practised by Hermits and Recluses. Mr. Nelson's other Qualifications, of a comely Personage, a genteel Deportment, and a fair Fortune, were so far from being inconsistent with that genuine Spirit of Piety which always shewed itself in him, that they were no small Ornaments to it: Those external Endowments of Nature and Fortune served to set off, and make his Virtue the more amiable and captivating; as his Virtue made those, which are by themselves unworthy to be esteemed, appear as real Accomplishments.
His Corpse was deposited in the New Burying Ground in Lamb's Conduit Fields, then first consecrated on that Occasion.
A square Monument was afterwards erected over him, containing, on the four Sides of it, the following Inscription, drawn up by George Smalridge, Lord Bishop of Bristol.
H. S. E.
ROBERTUS Nelson, Armiger.
Patre ortus Johanne Cive Londinensi,
Habentium, Matre Deliciis Sorore
Honoratissimam Dominam Theophilam
Filiam, quam Aquisgranum usque valetudinis
Summo amore fovit, morte divulsam
Literis Græcis & Latinis,
Quas partim in Schola Paulina,
Linguarum Gallicæ & Italicæ peritiam
In omni ferè Literarum genere versatus,
Inter Clericos enituit Laicus.
Postquam diversas Civitatum
Monarchiæ domi constitutæ præposuit, Cæteras omnes Ecclesias Anglicanæ longe posthabuit,
Hanc ipsi semper caram
Et propugnator imprimis strenuus.
Cui non se libenter socium addidit.