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who staid some time behind them, in order to prepare for the launch the next morning, when he returned by three. o'clock through a storm of thunder, lightning, and rain, and standing on the poop while the ship was launched, gave her the name of the Prince Royal.

His zeal to promote the interests of commerce and science was evinced by his employing an experienced navigator, Captain Button, on a voyage for the discovery of a north-west passage. Captain Button accordingly sailed in April 1612, on this expedition, having under his command two ships called the Resolution and Discovery, with which he sailed to the northward, but without attaining the object of his search. The reader, perhaps, will remark, that the same names were given to the two vessels which have since

been immortalized by the discoveries of the celebrated Captain Cook.

While the Prince was thus giving proofs of his regard for the best interests of the nation, and gaining, by the whole of his demeanour, as well as by the uncommon force of his mind and virtues of his heart, the love of the people, his hitherto florid and healthy appearance began to change. He appeared pale and thin; he was troubled with fainting fits, head-ache, and unusual heaviness. These symptoms increased to an alarming degree, and carried him off, to the universal grief of the nation, November 6, 1612. His last illness, which was painful to a most excruciating degree, he bore with uncommon calmness and fortitude, and he yielded himself up to the will of the Almighty, in terms which indicated

the habitual piety of his mind, and the firmness of his religious principles.

His remains were interred with great solemnity, being attended by about two thousand mourners in black, in the chapel of Henry the VIIth in Westminster Abbey.

On the twelfth of December his Highness's household was dissolved; on which occasion, his chaplain, Dr. Joseph Hall, afterwards Bishop of Norwich, preached a very pathetic sermon ; in which, after speaking of the Prince as one whose countenance was able to put life into any beholder," and "that he who was compounded of all loveliness, had infused an harmony into his whole family;" he concludes with this exhortation:

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"Go in peace, and live as those that have lost such a master; and

as those that serve a master, whom they cannot lose."

The leading features of his character have already been given; yet a few more traits will be found not only pleasing, but profitable.

He had such an aversion to the profanation of God's name, that he was never once heard to take it in vain, though his father was too apt to be guilty of that fault.

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When the Prince was once asked

why he did not swear at play as others did?" he answered, "that he knew no game worthy of an oath."

His Highness was once hunting the stag: it happened that the stag, being hard run, crossed a road, where a butcher and his dog were passing. The dog instantly set upon, and killed the stag, which was so large, that the

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