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Apelles himself. This work, in the Latin, his “ lordship so much affected, that he had ordained,
by his last will and testament, to have had it pub“ lished many years since : but that singular person “ entrusted therewith, soon after deceased. And " therefore it must now expect a time to come “ forth amongst his lordship's other Latin works." And Archbishop Tenison says, “the third is, a memo“ rial, entitled The Felicities of Queen Elizabeth. “ This was written by his lordship in Latin only. A
person, of more good will than ability, translated “ it into English, and called it in the singular, Her " Felicity. But we have also a version, much more “ accurate and judicious, performed by Doctor “ Rawley, who was pleased to take that labour upon
him, because he understood the value his lordship “put upon this work; for it was such, that I find “ this charge given concerning it, in his last will “ and testament. “ In particular, I wish the eulogy " which I writ, in Felicem Memoriam Elizabethæ,
may be published.'"
LIVES OF THE CÆSARS.
Of these tracts Tenison says,
" the fifth is, "the Imago Civilis Julii Cæsaris.'
The sixth, Imago Civilis Augusti Cæsaris. Both of them “ short personal characters, and not histories of “ their empire: and written by his lordship in that “ tongue, which in their times was at its height, and “ became the language of the world. A while since,
they were translated into English, and inserted “ into the first part of the Resuscitation.”
In the few lines upon the character of Augustus Cæsar, there is a maxim well deserving the deep consideration of every young man of sensibility, apt to be
Misled by fancy's meteor ray,
By passion driven :
Is light from heaven.
“ those persons * which are of a tur“bulent nature or appetite, do commonly pass their “ youth in many errors; and about their middle, “and then and not before, they shew forth their
perfections; but those that are of a sedate and "calm nature, may be ripe for great and glorious " actions in their youth.” The very same sentiment which he expresses in his Essay on Youth and Age. “ Natures that have much heat, and great and “ violent desires and perturbations, are not ripe for " action till they have passed the meridian of their
years : as it was with Julius Cæsar and Septimius “ Severus; of the latter of whom it is said, “juven“ tutem egit, erroribus, imo furoribus plenam ;' and
yet he was the ablest emperor, almost, of all the “ list : but reposed natures may do well in youth, as “it is seen in Augustus Cæsar, Cosmus, duke of
Florence, Gaston de Foix, and others.”
HENRY PRINCE OF WALES.
I have selected this piece of biography from the letters, and restored it to what appears to me to be its proper place. Of this a MS. may be found in the British Museum.
THE TABLE OF CONTENTS.