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membred by the Numbers she relieved even in many parts of the world. She was generous
This ingenious lady was born at Ilchester in Somersetshire, September II, 1674.
She was marryed in the year 1710, in the 36th year of her age, to Mr. Rowe *.
She dyed February 20, 1736-7, aged sixty-three, at Frome, in Somersetshire, and lies buryed at the meeting-place of that town, under the stone which covered the body of her father Mr. Walter Singer.—Her distemper was an apoplexy, which seized her at her prayers, at ten o'clock on Saturday night, and she breathed till three the next morning, when she gave one groan, and expired.
The ingenious, who did not know Mrs. Rowe, admired her for her writings; and her acquaintance loved and esteemed her for the many amiable qualities of her heart.
Her works are—I. Friendship in death, in twenty letters from the Dead to the Living.—2. Letters Moral and Entertaining—3. The History of Joseph, a poem in ten books.—4. Miscellaneous Works, two volumes in 8vo. and, 5. Devout Exercises of the heart, published by Dr. Watts, and by him dedicated to the countess of Hartford, the late most excellent dutchess of Somerset, who dyed at Percy-lodge, near Hounflow; Sunday the 7th of July, 1754- with a preface to the reader, in which the doctor, as before observed, magnifys the passionate devotion of Mrs. Rowe, and must have been .
* Thomas Rowe, author of the eight supplemental lives to Plutarch, which were published by Mr. Chandler, and remain a glorious monument of Mr. Rowe's love of liberty and public good. He died of a consumption at Hampstead, in the 29th year of his age, May 13, 1715, twenty-seven years before Mrs. Rowe, and dies in the cemetery in Bunlull-Fields.
and free to the laboring, and bountifully rewarded the industrious. She purchased medicines
greatly charmed with the elevations of this religionist, when he tells the lady to whom he offers the Exercises* that in them (he will find such assistances, that she may commence the joy of angels, and of blessed spirits before hand.
Dr. Watts however, as before observed, was a great man in several respects, notwithstanding his inclination to transcendingS and other holy extravagances. If we cannot applaud him in this article, or for what he fays in contempt of space j or for what he writes upon the trinity ; yet he was on other subjects a valuable writer, and such notions as are apparently wrong, are sufficiently outballanced by many good things which he has written, and by the good spirit with which they are written. .„
Beside this, he approved himself as a minister of Christ. He was a saithful steward of the manifold grace of God, and continued a most pious and useful pastor till he had finished his course. It is this that makes his memory precious, and sheds a brighter lustre on his name, than can be derived from the finest genius, and the brightest literary attainments.
As to Mrs. Rowe's works, her miscellaneous volumes are valuable books, and especially the second volume, which contains her letters to the dutchefs of Somerset. They are lively and rational, and have many fine sentiments.
Her poem called Joseph is likewise very pretty, and would have had great merit, if she had bestowed on it that time and labour which the subject deserves: But the first eight books were written in her younger years, concluding with the marriage of her heroe: the two last were finished a little before her death, at the request of her great friend, and cost her but three or four days.
Whether dicines for the sick, and payed the physician to attend them. She was ever ready to
Whether Mrs. Rowe ever saw Fraca/lor's Joseph, I know not, but it appears from the unfinished poem that gentleman left, that the history of Joseph might be wrought into a noble work.
- Vosdicite quantum
Ille tulit Phariis tandem dum Victor in Oris
The prayer of Joseph in the pit is vastly sine.
m Oculos in cœlum ad sidera tollens
Sic fatur: Ilex terrarum, Rex ætheris alti
Mrs. Rowe in her poem makes no prayer for the illustrious sufferer, but only tells us, that after he was let down in the pit, the night came on, and he prayed—.
The night prevails, and draws her fable train,
The The sluggish waters with a drowsy roar,
And ling'ring motion, roll along the shore;
Their murmur answers to the rustling breeze,
That faintly whispers thro' the nodding trees; ".'!
The peaceful echoes, undisturb'd with sound,
Lay flumb'ring in the cavern'd hiJ]s around;
Frenzy and faction, love and envy slept,
A still solemnity all nature kept;
Devotion only wak'd, and to the skies
Directs the pris'ners pious vows and eyes .•
To God's high throne a wing'd petition flew,
And from the skies commission'd Gabriel drew;
One of the seven, who by appointed turns
Before the throne ambrosial incense bums.
These lines are beautiful; but their merit would have risen to a higher degree, if the author had added aster the 14th line, such a prayer as Fracajlor puts in the mouth of Josephs and then given him a vision of the people of God, from their establishment in Egypt under his government, to the triumph of Jesus in his resurrection from the dead, and the restoration of the Jews to glory and greatness during the Milennium.
N. fi. Jerem Fracajlor was a famous physician of the 16th century. He left several learned works, but is more remarkable in history, on account of a piece of singular service he did Paul the third, his patron. This pope wanted to carry some points which he thought he could not so well effect, while the Fathers fat at Trent, within the dominion of the emperor Charles the Vth, and therefore he directs Fracajlorius, physician to the council, to tell the Fathers a story, that would work on their weakness, and get them to Bologna, a town belonging to the pope. To this purpose Fracajlor assures the doctors that the plague was arrived in Trent, and they had nothing for their lives, but to fly away immediately, and sit down jn Paul's town. They fled. Seslions 9 and 10 were held at Bologna, April and June 1547 } and Paul Farnese did the work.
Z draw draw out the soul to the hungry, and delighted in satisfying the afflicted. Eumetadotous einai, i Tim. vi. 18. She was liber (A in distributions (a). Nor did the charity of
(a) Our translators have not rendered the Greek words, npuWoTKc i7»ai with sufficient exactness in saying, ready to distribute j for literally it means good at distributing, or such as distribute well : and good or well, in composition with other words in the Greek tongue, is used to signify excess, or a great degree of a thing. This caused the Ethiopic translators, who made their version about the apostles time, to render the Greek word by one which signifys liberality; and for these reasons the original should have been translated, that they be liberal in their distributions, instead of, ready to distribute. It is not enough then for those who are rich to do good by the common measures of liberality, that is to give readily such or such a sum, more than was commonly given by people of equal fortune, without ever considering whether the charity bears a proportion to the ability to relieve: but the gift ought to bear a proportion to the ability, to act up to the apostle's rule. The rich should have a strict regard to proportion, and a proper measure, instead of the common measure of charity. The question lhould not be, is 50 or iool. a great deal to give away in a year; but, if 50 or iool. bears a true proportion to their great incomes?
I set this particular down for reasons I need not mention, and add, by way of observation, that this is not only the great apostle's notion of real charity, but that the Lord himself lays so great a stress upon giving largely to supply the wants of the poor, that he seems to place all the value and excellency of this kind of charity in this alone, that is, in this manner of giving: For all did cast in of their abundance, yet the widow's meaner gift made her virtue much greater; because the liberality in the farthing, was iarger than a rich man's, if he gave a pound, and it was but a small part of his substance.