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tained the curacy of Hursley under Archdeacon Heathcote. In October, 1826, he resigned that curacy, and went to live with his father, acting as his curate at Coln St. Aldwyn's, until January, 1835, when death called away his venerable parent; and at the end of the same year Mr. KEBLE was presented to the living of Hursley (then vacant by the resignation of the Rev. G. W. Heathcote, the present Rector of Ash) by his friend and former college pupil, Sir William Heathcote, Bart.

In the year 1831, when Mr. KEBLE was living with his father at Fairford, the present Lord Bishop of Exeter offered to him the valuable and important living of Paignton, in Devonshire, considering him even then to be “the most eminently good man in the Church," as his Lordship has kindly informed the writer of this memoir ; adding that "the conscientious scruple of the patron who had purchased that presentation, and who felt doubtful of the propriety of his acquiring Church patronage by such purchase," made him feel it his “duty to use the utmost caution in selecting a person to fill it.” His Lordship says “Mr. KEBLE declined it, though he was at the time wholly without preferment, because his aged father was then alive, whom his filial piety would not allow him to quit, and to whom he assiduously devoted his attentions.”

On the roth of October, 1835, Mr. KEBLE was joined in marriage, in the parish church of Bisley (of which his brother, the Rev. THOMAS KEBLE, B.D., had been Vicar for several years), to Miss Charlotte Clarke, the younger daughter of a deceased clergyman, who had been Rector of Meysey-Hampton, near Fairford, and sister to Mrs. THOMAS KEBLE.

From the time of his induction to the living of Hursley with Otterbourne, up to the day of his death, we have in Mr. KEBLE a model which all country pastors would do well to set before themselves for imitation. His fame was by this time spread throughout the whole English Church; he had begun that great movement which (though often evil spoken of by men of opposite views) has gradually and unmistakably raised the tone of religious feeling amongst members of the Church in this country. Still this great man, though gifted with extraordinary powers of mind, was content to live a very retired life in an exceedingly small country vicarage, and to condescend to simplify his teaching to suit the capacity of the poor and most unlearned.

In 1846 Mr. KEBLE published the first edition of the Lyra Innocentium, the profits of which helped towards the restoration of the parish church of Hursley, which he had set his mind upon accomplishing almost entirely at his own expense.

But in order to procure sufficient means for the completion of that work, he for a time entrusted the copyright of “The Christian Year” to his old and valued friend, the Right Hon. Sir J. T. Coleridge, by whose able advice and assistance a large sum of ready money was realized. And thus was built, chiefly out of the profits of that one book of Christian poetry, one of the most beautiful churches in the land.

The same great mind which had given to the world “The Christian Year” was continually active in the cause of the Divine Master, to whom were devoted the firstfruits of the great talents which were profusely bestowed upon it.

Amongst the poetical writings of Mr. KEBLE is included an edition of the Psalms in English Verse, which expresses the force of the original much more than any other metrical translation, whilst the rendering of


some of the Psalms is excessively beautiful and poetic. There are also many poems in the Lyra Apostolica from the pen of the same author, which are distinguished by the Greek letter y. Of his

prose works there are many which will without doubt be handed down to posterity, and bear good fruit in future ages. Amongst these must be named his books on “Eucharistical Adoration” and “Considerations on the Doctrine of the Most Holy Eucharist.” Both these have doubtless done much to create in pious communicants increased reverence at the celebration of the Holy Communion, about which he was himself always especially careful. He was always most anxious to impress reverent behaviour at the Holy Table, by every means in his power, upon all those who were at any time under his instruction. These books are strongly recommended to all persons who wish to know and understand clearly the doctrine of the Church of England, and the opinions and feelings of the Fathers and other ancient writers, with regard to the presence of Christ in the Lord's Supper.

There is also a volume of “Sermons Academical and Occasional," which contains a preface well calculated to afford guidance and comfort to any who may be in doubt and difficulty regarding the state and prospects of the Church of England.

Mr. KEBLE's edition of Hooker, in three volumes 8vo., will always be regarded as the standard edition of the works of that great English divine; and the “Selections from the Fifth Book of Hooker" will be even more extensively useful as being within reach of all persons.

The two volumes of Prelectiones Academicæ will afford thought and study for the more learned, while the minds of all may be refreshed by


many of those single sermons, letters, addresses, and pamphlets which were so well fitted for the several occasions which called them forth.

A little book of private devotion, written by Mr. KEBLE in 1864, called "A Litany of our Lord's Warnings,” shews how deeply he felt the heresy of a denial of eternal punishment. The preface to it, as well as the Litany itself, may be of great use to the devout reader.

For many of the later years of his life Mr. KEBLE was engaged in the Life of Bishop Wilson, for the accomplishment of which object he took two journeys to the Isle of Man, and remained a considerable time there, searching out records, and endeavouring to obtain all information which might help him in his undertaking. In that work (forming two volumes of the Library of Anglo-Catholic Theology) he has carefully collected nearly all that could be said in connexion with the name of that great and good man, who was in many respects so much like Mr. KEBLE himself, though living in such different times and placed under such different circumstances.

While Mr. KEBLE was giving to the world these noble fruits of his clear and talented mind, he was always actively engaged in his own parish work at home.

In connexion with his friend and patron Sir William Heathcote (who was always ready, with able advice and liberal donations, to carry on any good work), and other friends, not only was the parish church of Hursley rebuilt, but also (several years previously) that of Otterbourne. A new church was built at Ampfield, and many years afterwards a school chapel erected at Pitt. Besides this, a parsonage-house was built at Otterbourne ; and at Hursley and Ampfield houses built for other pur


poses were given up to the use of the incumbents. Commodious schoolrooms were also provided in all three places.

These works of themselves demanded much thought and money, even though the aid of the principal landowners and others was liberally bestowed.

While all these various projects for the good of those under his charge were being performed, the Church's rule for daily prayer, as expressed in the Prayer-book, was carefully carried out, together with (at least for many years) a weekly celebration of the Holy Communion at Hursley, and a strict observance, as ordered by the Church, of all fasts and festivals.

The same devout mind which had done so much to restore the Church of England to the faith and zeal of former days, was ever active for good in the parish of Hursley. The sick were tended with loving care; the poor were helped in soul and body; the ignorant and ungodly were diligently sought after, warned, and instructed. Clubs and societies were formed for the good of the labouring classes ; children were carefully and lovingly trained for God's service.

But besides all this work upon the hands of the Vicar of Hursley, he had a very large correspondence. Persons in difficulty and anxiety found in him so able and kind an adviser, that his counsel was largely sought after, not only in England, Scotland, and Ireland, but also in many of the colonies. The gentle and kind manner in which he gave advice was a great characteristic in that good man. He could enter into the feelings of those who applied to him in a way that very few could ever do. While he carefully shrunk away from the curious gaze of those who merely wanted to see the


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