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.eould not probably have expressed himself in pure English; Latin was his vernacular dialect, more natural to him than what he heard - spoken; so that what in common pedants would have been affectation, (i. e. going out of their way) was in him the true way. His Latinisms are to be considered in the same light as Milton's Mythologies, which critics have condemned as pedantry; not considering that his imbibing mind had sucked in the old heathen stories, till they had acted upon him with as much force as his own faith and christian devotion. He gave a sort of Jewish or Christian zeal to pagan religion, which none of their own poets or priests had in any like proportion. So of the language of Brown; its want of purity was the effect, not of pedantic affectation, but of .iexpensive learning.
Robert Greville, lord Brook, was grandson of Robert, younger brother of Fulk Greville, lord Brook, cousin and friend of sir Philip Sidney, &c. He was born in 1607, and was educated at Cambridge. During the civil wars, he sided with the parliament, was made lieutenant of Warwickshire, and colonel in the army. Having reduced Warwickshire, he advanced into Staffordshire, in the command of those forces which were sent to attack the cathedral of Litchfield. This cathedral is dedicated to St. Chad. On the festival of that saint, he ordered his men to storm the adjoining close, to which lord Chesterfield had retired with a body of the king's forces. But before his orders
could be executed, he received a musket shot in the eye from a common soldier, of which he instantly expired. By some of the royalists, and particularly by the votaries of St. Chad, the shot was said to have been directed by the saint, and himself was considered as a monument of divine vengeance. By the opposite party, he was reverenced as a martyr to liberty. His death happened in 1643.
Lord Brook was a zealous patriot; he and lord Say had determined, should their own efforts and those of their countrymen be ineffectual to establish liberty, to transport themselves to New England; and the design was frustrated only by a sudden turn of affairs. He is one of those very few English cotemporary authors, whom Milton quotes with high commendation. He is curiously metaphysical; to most readers, he would probably appear dark; though the following passage, I imagine, will be. found sufficiently intelligible. It contains the important metaphysical truth, that minds of the first order are the combined result' of warm affections, of passion, and of intellectual excellence. The small treatise, whence the specimen is extracted, was printed in 1640, and is entitled " The Nature of Truth, its union and unity with the Soul, which is one in its essence, faculties, acts; one with Truth — discussed by the Right Honorable Robert, Lord Brook, in a Letter to a private Friend."
The Difference betwixt Knowledge and A/ectioto discussed.
It may he that what hath been disputed will be granted; but there is yet an objection which requireth solution.
Object. If all being differeth only in degrees, not nature; if knowledge, affection, light, activity, be. all one; whence is it that even, amongst christian men, holy, spiritual men, men of largest affections, (and the affections are the activity, the main of the soul) I say men of the largest affections are esteemed to know least of God. And others, whose affections are, as it were, benumbed, and all activity is placed in their brain, understand more of the divine nature?
Doth it not appear from hence, say they, that all being is not one, differing only in degrees: but that there are even different natures, amongst which one may excel, whilst the other is deprest?
Sol. I could tell these men, who start the objection, that they deern the light in the head more; than the love in the heart; and then I shall say,
jthat with them the head is the higher degree, the heart the lower degree of light, and so all is but a different light; from whence affection, being judgment in its infancy, ceaseth when knowledge gvoweth mature: as the heat and blaze of fire is but its labouring towards purity and perfection, which therefore are no more when the clear flame reacheth ils element. But other men think otherwise, and they do pitch all in the affections, and the meaner light in the understanding; and so turning the table, still one shall be the parcel of, or a step to the other, and each rarry along both in equal measure, according to reality: how much true affection, so much knowledge: and vice vend; as I shall shew in other two, "answers, on which I fix the strength of my thoughts in this point. And therefore,
Secondly, I affirm confidently, and I hope truly, that he who soars upon the wings of affection, and laying himself in the arms of Jesus Christ, though he amuse not his head with the mystical nature of the Trinity, >yith the procession of the spirit, with the incarnation of Jesus Christ, attempting to make that holy pil, touching the ark, this glory which is too high for him, losing himself while he labourelh to see how human nature can be raised so high, divine condescend so low, as to bring forth the hypostatical union; I say, such a one knoweth more of God, |han the other.