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ple testimony to the decency and devotion of his co cluding life. He frequently testified his desire of th dissolution which he soon obtained. His funeral-se mon was preached by Dr. Nowell.
Roger Ascham died in the fifty-third year of h age, at a time when, according to the general cour of life, much might yet have been expected from hin and when he might have hoped for much from others but his abilities and his wants were at an end together and who can determine, whether he was cut off froi advantages, or rescued from calamities? He appea to have been not much qualified for the improvemer of his fortune. His disposition was kind and social he delighted in the pleasures of conversation, and wa probably not much inclined to business. This may b suspected from the paucity of his writings.* He ha left little behind him, and of that little nothing wa published by himself but the Toxophilus, and the ac count of Germany. The Schoolmaster was printed by
* The fairness of this inference may be reasonably doubted, fron every thing which has been detailed in the preceding narrative. It i admitted that he was active and diligent in the performance of the du ties of his profession and successive employments; and the same cause which has been assigned for the non-appearance of the Schoolmaster during his life, may satisfactorily account for more of his works not being handed down to us. There are not many instances, during the same period, of numerous works being written by persons engaged in professional pursuits. That more was written by Ascham than has been published, the preceding narrative affords sufficient evidence; he was probably more solicitous about the quality than the quantity of his productions; of what remains, the value is now universally admitted.ED.
his widow, and the Epistles were collected by Graunt, who dedicated them to Queen Elizabeth, that he might have an opportunity of recommending his son Giles Ascham to her patronage. The dedication was not lost: the young man was made by the Queen's mandate fellow of a college in Cambridge, where he obtained considerable reputation. What was the effect of his widow's dedication to Cecil, is not known: it may be hoped that Ascham's works obtained for his family, after his decease, that support which he did not in his life very plenteously procure them.
Whether he was poor by his own fault or the fault of others, cannot now be decided ; but it is certain that
many have been rich with less merit. His philological learning would have gained him honour in
any country, and among us it may justly call for that reverence which all nations owe to those who first rouse them from ignorance, and kindle among them the light of literature. Of his manners nothing can be said but from his own testimony and that of his contemporaries. Those who mention him allow him many virtues. His courtesy, benevolence, and liberality, are celebrated ; and of his piety we have not only the testimony of his friends, but the evidence of his writings.
That his English works have been so long neglected, is a proof of the uncertainty of literary fame. He was scarcely known as an author in his own language till Mr. Upton published his Schoolmaster with learned notes, which are inserted in this edition. His other pieces were read only by those few who delight in ob
solete books; but as they are now collected into one volume, with the addition of some letters never printed before, the public has an opportunity of recompensing the injury, and allotting Ascham the reputation due to his knowledge and his eloquence.