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chester school, then at Oxford, and after upon so many remarkable parts and passages in Christendom, - that circle of his life was by death thus closed up and completed, in the seventysecond year of his age, at Eton college, where, according to his will he now lies buried, with his motto on a plain grave-stone over him: dying worthy of his name and family; worthy of the love and favor of so many princes and persons of eminent wisdom and learning; worthy of the trust committed unto him for the service of his prince and country.
And all readers are requested to believe, that he was worthy of a more worthy pen to have preserved his memory and commended his merits to the imitation of posterity.
SIR HENRY WOTTON,
WRIT BY MR. ABRAM COWLEY.
WHAT shall we say, since silent now is he, Who when he spoke, all things would silent be;
Who had so many languages in store,
That only Fame should speak of him in more.
ELEGY ON SIR HENRY WOTTON.
Whom England now no more returned must see ;
He did the utmost bounds of knowledge find,
Page xiv. Sir Henry Wotton.
"My next and last example shall be that undervaluer of money, the late Provost of Eton College, Sir Henry Wotton, a man with whom I have often fished and conversed; a man, whose foreign employments in the service of this nation, and whose experience, learning, wit, and cheerfulness, made his company to be esteemed one of the delights of mankind." (Complete Angler. P. I. Ch. I.)
In Sir Henry Wotton's verses, written by him as he sat fishing on the bank of a river, he probably alludes to Walton himself, who often accompanied him in his innocent amusement:
"There stood my friend with patient skill,
That this amiable and excellent person set a high value on the conversation of his humble friend, appears from the following letter: