1715 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Temple

Gilbert Burnet, in Bishop Burnet's History of his own Time (1715; 1823) 2:61.



He was a vain man, much blown up in his own conceit, which he showed too indecently on all occasions. He had a true judgment in affairs, and very good principles with relation to government, but in nothing else. He seemed to think that things were as they are from all eternity; at least he thought religion was only fit for the mob. He was a great admirer of the sect of Confucius in China, who were atheists themselves, but left religion to the rabble. He was a corrupter of all that came near him. And he delivered himself up wholly to study, ease, and pleasure.