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Full text of "The Diary Of John Evelyn Vol-2"

JOHN EVELYN

determine to inflict, she bore the remainder of her sick-
ness  with   extraordinary patience   and piety,   and  more
than  ordinary resignation  and  blessed   frame   of mind.
She died the i4th, to our unspeakable sorrow and afflic-
tion, and   not   to  our's  only, but that  of all who knew
her, who were  many of  the  best   quality, greatest   and
most virtuous persons.   The justness of her stature, person,
comeliness of countenance, gracefulness of motion, unaf-
fected, though  more than ordinarily beautiful, were  the
least of her ornaments compared with those of her mind.
Of early piety, singularly religious,   spending  a  part of
every day in  private devotion, reading, and other virtu-
ous exercises; she had collected and written out many of
the most useful and  judicious periods  of the books she
read in a kind of common-place, as out of Dr. Hammond
on the New Testament, and most of  the best  practical
treatises.    She had read and digested a considerable deal
of  history,   and of  places.    The   French  tongue was as
familiar to her as English;  she understood   Italian, and
was able to render a laudable account of  what she read
and observed, to which   assisted a most faithful memory
and discernment;   and  she  did make very prudent and
discreet reflections upon what  she had  observed of  the
conversations among which she had  at  any time  been,
which being continually of persons of  the best quality,
she  thereby improved.    She had  an  excellent voice, to
which she played a thorough-bass on the harpsichord, in
both which she   arrived  to  that  perfection, that  of the
scholars of those two famous masters, Signors Pietro and
Bartholomeo, she was esteemed the best;  for the sweet-
ness of her voice and management of it added such  an
agreeabloness to her countenance, without any constraint
or concern, that when   she   sung, it was as charming to
the eye as to the ear; this I rather note, because it was
a universal remark, and for which  so  many noble  and
judicious persons in music desired  to hear her, the last
being at Lord Arundel's, at Wardour.

What shall I say, or rather not say, of the cheerfulness
and agreeableness of her humor ? condescending to the
meanest servant in the family, or others, she still kept
up respect, without the least pride. She would often
read to them, examine, instruct, and pray with them if
they were sick, so as she was exceedingly beloved ofe of James II.,