1668 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Jackson

David Lloyd, in Memoirs of the Sufferers for the Protestant Religion (1668) 69; Bliss, Athenae Oxonienses (1815) 2:664-65n.



He had not long been admitted to this place [Christ Church College, Oxford], but that he was made more precious, and better estimated by all that knew him, by the very danger that they were in suddenly to part with him; for walking out with others of the younger company to wash himself, he was in eminent peril of being drowned: — It was a long and almost incredible space of time wherein he lay under water, and before a boat could be procured, which was sent for, rather to take out his body (before it floated) for a decent funeral, than out of hopes of recovery of life. The boat-man, discerning where he was by the bubling of the water (the last signs of a man expiring) thrust down his hook at that very moment, which by happy providence (at the first essay) lighted under his arm, and brought him up into the boat. All the parts of his body were swollen to a vast proportion, and though by holding his head downwards they let forth much water, yet no hopes of life appeared. Therefore they brought him to the land, and lapped him up in the gowns of his fellow students, the best shrowd that love or necessity could provide. After some warmth, and former means renewed, they perceiv'd that life was yet within him, conveyed him to the colledge, and commended him to the skill of doctor Channell, and eminent physician of the same house, where, with much care, time, and difficulty, he recovered, to the equal joy and wonder of the whole society.