HOPKINS, Ezekiel. The Works of the Right Reverend and Learned Ezekiel Hopkins.


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[HOPKINS, Ezekiel] The Works of the Right Reverend and Learned Ezekiel Hopkins, Late Lord Bishop of London-Derry in Ireland, Collected into one Volume: Containing, I. The vanity of the world. II. A practical exposition of the ten Commandments. III. An exposition of the Lord's Prayer; with a catchistical explication thereof by way of question and answer. IV. Several sermons and discourses on divers important subjects. With an alphabetical table to the whole. Fine engraved portrait frontispiece by J. Sturt.. 900 London: Printed for Jonathan Robinson, Awnsham and John Churchill, John Taylor, and John Wyat, in St. Paul's Church-Yard, and Pater-Noster-Row, 1701. First. Folio. pp. [ix], 875, [12 (contents)]. Titlepage in red and black. The paper is clean and crisp, in its original condition. The binding is early eighteenth century English calf, speckled and ruled in blind. The edges of the paper are speckled in red. The joints are cracked but all cords are holding.

"Ezekiel Hopkins, D.D., bishop of Derry, second son of John Hopkins, clerk, and rector of Pinne in Devonshire, was born there on 3 December 1634. Educated at Merchant Taylors' School (1646-1648) and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was a chorister (1648-1653), he graduated B.A. on 17 October 1653, and being admitted Usher of the college school in 1655 and Chaplain of the college in the following year, he proceeded to M.A. on 5 June 1656.

At the Restoration he went up to London, where he became assistant to Dr. William Spurstow, one of the authors of 'Smectymnuus,' and at that time minister of Hackney. Hopkins, who conformed after the Act of Uniformity in 1662, was elected preacher of St. Edmund's Lombard Street, or, according to Malcolm, of St. Mary Woolnoth. In 1666, in consequence, it is supposed, of the plague, Hopkins quit London and returned to Devonshire, where he was shortly afterwards chosen minister of St. Mary Arches, Exeter. Here he attracted the favourable attention of Lord Robartes, afterwards Earl of Radnor, who, on being appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1669, made Hopkins his chaplain.

Hopkins, who was of medium stature, and inclined to corpulency, was a good scholar, an excellent preacher (although, according to Prince, ""his discourses smelt of the lamp""), an agreeable talker, and a tolerable poet. According to Doddridge (Lectures on Preaching) ""his motto, 'Aut suaviter aut vi', well answers to his works. Yet he trusts most to the latter. He awakes awfully: sometimes there is a little of the bombast - he bends the bow till it breaks"". (quoted from the DNB)

This edition of the works of Ezekiel Hopkins, includes an alphabetical table to the whole." 1701 HOPKINS, Ezekiel.



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