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* As to his person, it was graceful " and well-made; his face regular, and “ of a manly beauty. As his soul was “ well lodged, so its rational and animal “ faculties excelled in a high degree. He “ had a quick and fruitful invention, “ a deep penetration, and a large com“ pass of thought, with fingular dexte“rity and easiness in making his “ thoughts to be understood. He was “ master of most parts of polite learning, “ especially the classical authors, both “ Greek and Latin ; understood the “ French, Italian, and Spanish Lan
"guages, and spoke the first fluently, i " and the other two tolerably well.
“ He had likewise read most of the « Greek and Roman histories in their
“ original languages, and most that are “ wrote in English, French, Italian, “and Spanish. He had a good taste “ in philosophy; and, having a firm “ impression of religion upon his mind, “ he took great delight in divinity and s ecclesiastical history, in both which “ he made great advances in the times “ he retired into the country, which " were frequent. He expressed, on all “í occafions, his full persuasion of the
truth of Revealed Religion; and “ being a fincere member of the esta“ blished church himself, he pitied, “ but condemned not, those that dif“ sented from it. He abhorred the prin“ciples of persecuting men upon the “ account of their opinions in religion ;
~ and being strict in his own, he took “ it not upon him to censure those of “ another persuasion. His conversation " was pleasant, witty, and learned, with“out the least tincture of affectation “ or pedantry ; and his inimitable man“ ner of diverting and enlivening the “ company, made it impossible for any “ one to be out of humour when he
was in it. Envy and detraction seemed “ to be intirely foreign to his constitu. “ tion; and whatever provocations he • met with at any time, he past them “ over without the least thought of re“ sentment or revenge. As Homer had - a Zoilus, so Mr. Rowe had some“ tiines his; for there were not wanting 6 malevolent people, and pretenders to
“poetry too, that would now-and-then “ bark at his best perform inces; but “ he was so much conscious of his own “ genius, and had so much good-nature “as to forgive them; nor could he “ ever be tempted to return them an “6 answer.
“ The love of learning and poetry “ made him not the less fit for busi“ ness, and nobody applied himself “ closer to it, when it required his at"s tendance. The late duke of Queens“ bury, when he was secretary of State, “ made him his secretary for publick « affairs ; and when that truly great - man came to know him well, he was “ never so pleased as when Mr. Rowe 6 was in his company. After the
* duke's death, all avenues were stopped “ to his preferment; and during the rest “ of that reign he past his time with “ the Muses, and his books, and some. 66 times the conversation of his friends.
". When he had just got to be easy in “ his fortune, and was in a fair way to “ make it better, death swept him “away, and in him deprived the world “.of one of the best men as well as one “ of the best geniuses of the age. He “ died like a Christian and a Philoso, “pher, in charity with all mankind, “and with an absolute resignation to " the will of God. He kept up his “ good-humour to the last; and took “ leave of his wife and friends, immer “ diately before his last agony, with