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of the episcopal bench k wrote sympathizing letters expressive of their regret at being unable to attend. The Deans of Winchester and Chichester, the Archdeacons of Winchester and Gloucester, and a great many clergy from London and various other places made a point of following him to the grave. His curates at Hursley, assisted by the "white-robed” choir, performed the funeral service. Clergy who had worked under his guidance were the pall-bearers, in the following order:
Rev. R. F. Wilson.
Rev. W. Bigg Wither.
Many a sob was heard-scarcely an eye was tearless. Deep and real sorrow filled the hearts of all who were present at Hursley Church and Churchyard on that never-to-be-forgotten 6th of April, 1866.
Mrs. KEBLE lingered on, (sometimes in great suffering, but with the truest Christian patience, and even with great thankfulness that it had pleased God to take him before her,) until the 11th of May, on which day about noon she fell asleep in Jesus, as he had done six weeks before.
Her funeral, which took place at Hursley on the 18th of May, (exactly six weeks after his,) was by her own wish as much like his as the different circumstances would permit, ladies to whom she had been attached in life being her pall-bearers.
The double grave of Mr. and Mrs. KEBLE is near the south-west corner of Hursley churchyard, close to the grave of their sister Elisabeth,
* Including the Bishop of Winchester, who on that day was engaged in the consecration of additional Churchyard at Avington. (See “Winchester Diocesan Calendar” for 1867, p. 84.)
and near to the burial-place of the Heathcote family, and to the little path leading from the vicarage to the church, along which the holy man had so often walked on his way thither.
“Spirits departed, ye are still,
Till all the soul to thoughts of you is sighing,
Where are ye now in regions blest,
In silence and at rest,
(The Baptistery, p. 304.)
“Saints die, and we should gently weep ;
(Medley, from the " Book of Praise.")
HE following notices of the KEBLE family, and short summary of events connected with the Author of “The Chris
tian Year," may be considered interesting. The family of KEEBLE, KEBLA, KEBLE, KEBYL, or KIBBLE, seem to have had connexion with the county of Gloucester for many years.
There was one Sir HENRY KEBLE or KEEBLE, who was Lord Mayor of London in the reign of Henry VIII. He is mentioned in Stowe's “Survey of London" (book i. p. 262) as “HENRY KEBLE, Grocer, Maior," in 1511 ; and it is said of him that he was “in his life a great benefactor to the new building of old Aldermanbury Church, and by his Testament gave a thousand pounds towards the finishing thereof." Other good deeds are also there recorded of him; and in book v. p. 57, his name occurs as a benefactor to certain charities; see also book v. p. 128. In book iii. pp. 18, 19, he is mentioned again as having laid the foundation “of a very fair new church” in the parish of Aldermary. His epitaph in that church contains seventy-four lines of poetry, of which the following is a specimen :
“Here is fixt the Epitaph of
Sir Henry Keble, Knight, Lord Maior,
His descendant, RICHARD KEEBLE, purchased the manor of East Leach Turville. This manor is said to have continued for “six generations in the name of KEEBLE,” all of which retained the same Christian name of Richard, as it is stated in Sir R. Atkyns's “ Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire," written in 1711, at which time there was still a RICHARD KEEBLE lord of that manor.
The monuments which are mentioned in the accompanying notes, seem to shew that the family have continued to have connexion with that neighbourhood ever since.
The Rev. JOHN KEBLE the elder made his earliest entry in the marriage register of the parish of Coln St. Aldwin in 1782, and retained the benefice until his death on the 24th of January, 1835. The clear and legible handwriting of the two JOHN KEBLES was so much alike that it requires great care to distinguish them one from another in the registers.
The Author of “The Christian Year” was born at Fairford, April 25, 1792, and was privately baptized on the following day.
The following is a certificate of his baptism, kindly given by the present Vicar of Fairford, who was appointed to the living during the time of the Poet's residence with his father in 1828:
" Baptized, A.D. 1792. “Keble, John, son of the Rev. John Keble & Sarah his wife, privately April 26,
publickly admitted, July. “I certify the above to be a true copy of an entry in the Baptismal Register of the parish church of Fairford, in the county of Gloucester.
“F. W. Rice, Vicar.” “Dec. 10, 1866.
The author of "The Christian Year" was admitted Scholar at Corpus Christi College, December 12, 1806, “ being as he did assert fourteen years of age on or about the 25th of April last past."
Obtained his double first-class, Easter Term, 1810.
Elected Fellow of Oriel on Friday in Easter-week, April 20, 1811; described as being then“ of Fairford, in the county of Gloucester.”
Obtained the prizes for the English and Latin Essays in 1812.
Made Deacon, Trinity Sunday, May 21, 1815; and ordained Priest Trinity Sunday, June 9, 1816.
Public Examiner, 1814, 1815, 1816, and 1821, 1822, 1823.