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I speak it in the presence of almighty God's before whom I ftand, that there is not a dirpleasing thought arising in me towards any man living. I thank God I can say it, and truly too, my conscience bearing me witness, that, in all my employments, since I had the honour to serve his majesty, I never had any thing in the purpose of my heart, but what tended to the joint and individual prosperity of king and people, although it hath been my ill. fortune to be misconftrued.
" I am not the first that hath fuffered in this kidd ; it is the common portion of us all, while we are in this life, to err; righteous judgment we must wait for in another place, for here we are very subject to be misjudged one of another. There is one thing that I defire to free myself of, and I am very confi-dent,” speaking it now with much chearful. ness, “ that.I ball obtain your chriítian chat rity in the belief of it. I was so far from being against parliaments, that I did always think the parliaments of England were the moft happy constitutions that ały kingdom or nation lived under, and the best means, under God, to make the king and people happy.
6. For my death, I here acquit all the vorld, and beseech the God of heaven heartily to forgive them that contrived it, though, in the intentions and purposes of my heart, I am pot guilty of what I die for : and, my lord primate, it is a great comfort for me, that his
majely, majesty conceives me not meriting fo fevere and heavy a punishment as is the utmost execution of this sentence. I do infinitely rejoice in this mercy of his, and I befeech God to return it into his own bosom, that he may find mercy when he stands most in need of it.
“ I wish this kingdom all the prosperity and happiness in the world; I did it living, and now dying it is my wish. I do not humbly recommend this to every one who hears me, and desire they would lay their hands upon their hearts, and consider ferie ously, whether the beginning of the happiness and reformation of a kingdom should be written in letters of blood. Consider this when you are at your homes, and let me be never fo unhappy, as that the least drop of my blood should rise up in judgment against any one of you ; but I fear you are in a wrong way.
My lords, I have but one word more, and with that I shall end. I profess that I die a true and obedient son to the church of England, wherein I was born, and in which I was bred. Peace and prosperity be ever
“ It hath been objected (if it were an objection worth the answering) that I have been inclined to popery ; but I say truly from my heart, that, from the time that I was one and twenty years of age, to this present, going
now upon forty-nine, I never had in my heart to doubt of this religion of the church of England ; nor ever had any man the boldness to suggest any such thing to me to the best of my remembrance : and fo, being reconciled by the merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour, into whose bosom I hope I shall shortly be gathered, to those eternal happinesses which shall never have end. I defire heartily the forgiveness of every man for
rash or unadvised words, or any thing done amiss : and so, my lords and gentlemen, farewel ; farewel all things of this world.
“ I desire that you would be silent, and join with me in prayer ; and, I trust in God, we shall all meet and live eternally in Heaven; there to receive the accomplishment of all happiness; where every tear shall be wiped away from our eyes, and every sad thought from our hearts : and fo God bless this kingdom, and Jesus have mercy on my soul.”
Then turning himself about, he faluted all the noblemen, and took a folemn leave of all confiderable persons upon the scaffold, giving them his hand. After that, he said, gentiement, I would say my prayers, and entreat you all to pray with me,
and for me ; then his chaplain laid the book of common-, prayer upon the chair before him as he kneeled down, on which he prayed almoft a quarter of an hour, and then as long, or longer, without the book, and concluded with the Lord's prayer.
Standing up, he espied his brother, Sir George Wentworth, and called to him, say: ing, brother, we must part; remember me to my sister, and to my wife, and carry my bler fing to my fun, and charge him that he fear God, and continue an obedient son to the church of England, and warn him that he bear no private grudge, or revenge, toward any, man concerning me; and bid him be. ware that he medule not with church-livings, for that will prove a moth and a canker to. him in his estate ; and with him to content himself to be a servant to his countıy, not aiming at higher preferments. Carry my blesfing allo to my daughters, Anne and Arabella, charge them to serve and fear God, and he will bless them; not forgetting my little in: fant, who yet knows neither good nor evil; and cannot speak for itself; God speak for it and bless it. Now," said he, “ I have nigh done; one stroke will make my wife husbandless, my dear children fatherless, and my poor servants masterless, and will separate me from my dear brother, and all my friends; but let God be to you and then all in all.”
After this going to take off his doublet, and to make himself ready, he said, “I thank God I am not afraid of death, nor daunted with any discouragement rising from any fears, but do as chearfully put off my doublet at this time, as ever I did when I went to bed ;
then he put off his doublet, wound up
his hair with his hands, and put on a.white cap.
Then he called, Where is the man that is to do this laft office? (meaning the executioner)! call him to me; when he came and asked him forgiveness, he told him, he forgave him and all the world. Then kneeling down by the block, he went to prayer again himself, the primate of Ireland kneeling on the one side, and the minister on the other: to the which minister, after prayer, he turned himself, and spake some few words foftly, having his hands lifted up, and closed with the minister's hands. Then bowing himself to lay his head upon the block, he told the executioner, That he would first lay down his head to try the fitness of the block, and take it up again, before he would lay it down for good and all ; and fo he did: and before he laid it down again, he told the executioner, That he would give him warning when to strike, by stretching forth his hands; and presently laying down his neck upon the block, and stretching forth, his hands; the executioner struck off his head at one blow; and taking it up in his hand, Mewed ié to all the people, and said, “. God save the King.”
His body was afterwards embalmed, and. appointed to be carried into Yorkshire, there to be buried amongst his ancestors.
Lord Clarendon, speaking of the earl of Strafford, gives him the following character.