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Bishop of Worcester, who had been his pupil at Cambridge, preached the funeral sermon ; having chosen for his text the following passage from the 24th. Chapter of the second Book of the Chronicles: "But Jehovah waxed old, and was full of days, and died. An hundred and thirty years old was he when he died. And they buried him in the City of David, with the Kings, because he had done good in Israel, and towards God and his house.",
There is a costly monument to his memory against the South wall of the Chancel, in Croydon Church; a tomb, supported by two black marble Corinthian pillars; beneath, on a tomb, lies on his back in full length, a person habited in episcopal robes; above him is a tablet of black marble, on one side of which is a boy with a spade, on the other is a boy holding a torch, and kneeling upon a skull. The tablet is thus inscribed :
*Post tenebas spero lucem.
Whitgifta ebornum Grimsbeia ad littora nomen
Hinc natus, non natus ad hanc mox mittitur hospes
Written by Dr. Charier, his Grace's chaplain.
Petro fit socius, Pembro. Triadique magister
Invidia hæc cernens moritur; PATIENTIA Vincens
These verses may be acceptable in an English
After darkness I hope for light.
Whitgift, of great, unspotted, holy name,
Thence, Granta, flew to thee; and as he grew,
* He was Margaret Professor of Divinity, see page 217.
And Worcester hail'd him on her Bishop's throne.
The great Eliza, and the learned James,
How kind to want, the poor man's friend confest,
Victorious Patience † crowns it with immortal light.
Somewhat lower are the following lines:
Magna Senatoris sunt nomina, pondera et æqua
Pondera quis ferat, aut perferat illa diu ?
*He was Vice-president of the Marches of Wales. See page 228.
In allusion to the Archbishop's motto: Vincit qui patitur, He conquers who endures.
The Senator's employ and name are great;
Lower again is the following inscription
Gratia non miror si fit divina Johannis
Qui jacet hic, solus credito gratus erat.
Some slight approach to evangelic fame
Lies bury'd here, what once was John by name;
* We beg the reader will excuse these very bad verses, as representing (we hope not to the full extent) a very bad original. The candor, and candida, and fair, referring to the word Whitgift, are miserable inventions, but in translating, we were to do the best we could.
The following entry respecting the Archbishop, is to be found in Croydon Register:
"John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterburie, deceased at Lambeth on Wednesday at 8 of the clocke in the evening, being the last day of February, and was brought the day followinge in the evening, to Croydon, and was buried the morning followinge, by 2 of the Clocke in the Chappell where his pore people doe usually sitte; his funeral was kept at Croydon, the 27th day of Marche followinge, Anno Dni 1604, annoque regni Dni nostri Regis Jacobi Secundo:"
The Archbishop was of middle stature, and well made; he was in his earlier years vigorous and active; his complexion was dark, his hair and eyes were black, his beard moderately long and thick; he was of an impressively grave aspect, and his very countenance commanded that external respect, to which his office and dignity were entitled.
Thus having drawn a sketch of the life and character of this very celebrated man, we hope we may have contributed to the reader's entertainment, if not to his instruction. It must surely be admitted, that to become acquainted with the sentiments and actions of the virtuous,