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was perfe&tly recovered, Tasso make a will, by which he made himself was taken ill. Though he cardinal Cynthio his heir, and left was no more than fifty-one years his picture to Manso his friend. of age, yet his studies and his mis- On the 14th day of his fickness he fortunes had brought on all the received the extreme unction, and languor and infirmities of old age. the pope's benediction, which wasBeing now confirmed in the opi: brought to him by cardinal Cynnion that his end was near, he ex thio, and was a grace never conprefled a desire of being removed ferred in this manner but upon to the monastery of St. Onuphrius, persons of the first distinction : and he was accordingly carried thi- Tasso was sensible of the honour, ther in cardinal Cynthio's coach, and acknowledged it with great and received with the utmost ten- humility and devotion ; « This, derness by the prior and brethren says he, is the crown I came to reof that order. Many medicines ceive at Rome.” The cardinal were administered by the advice of then asked him if he had any

other the most eminent physicians of defire which his survivors could Rome, but without effect ; and a fulfill ; upon which he requested, violent fever coming on, occasion- that all the copies of his works ed, as it is faid, by his having un- might be collected and burnt; he advisedly eaten some milk, Rinal- knew, he said, that as they were dini, who was physician to the numerous and widely dispersed, it pope, and Taffo's intimate friend, would be difficult, but he trusted told him that his last hour was at not altogether impracticable; in this hand. Taffo received the informa- ftrange request, in which it is diftion with great composure, and ficult to say whether vanity or huembracing Rinaldini with great mility had the greatest Mare, he tenderness, thanked him for it. perfifted with so much earneftness, He then looked upwards, and pro- that the cardinal, unwilling to dirnounced a short ejaculatory prayer, compose him by a refusal, gave and from this time his mind feem- him such an answer as led him to ed to be wholly disengaged from believe it would be granted. Taflo earthly things. He was conduct- then requesting the cardinal to leave ed to the chapel of the monafery him, he took his last farewel of by the brethren, where he received him with tears in his eyes, and the facrament; and when he was left with him his confeffor and some brought back to his chamber, he of the brethren of the monastery, was asked, where he wished to be He survived till the middle of the interred ? he answered, In the next day, the 25th of April, bechurch of St. Onuphrius; and ing the festival of St. Mark, and being desired to leave some memo then finding himself fainting, he rial of his will in writing, and to embraced his crucifix, uttering these dictate some epitaph to be engraven words, In manus tuas Domine, -bat on his tomb, he smiled and said, expired before he could finith the That, as to the first, he had but sentence: he was buried the same little to bequeath; and, as to the evening, without pomp, according fecond, a plain stone would fuffice to his defire, in the church of St. to cover bịm. He did, however, Onuphrius, and his body covered

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banditti, it was usual for travellers ing prevailed with the pope
to go together in large companies, confer upon him the honou
for security. Taffo therefore join- being publicly and
ed himself to one of these companies; crowned with laurel in the Cap
but when they came within sight of He set out from Naples to
Mola, a little town near Gaeta, ceive this honour, with a pr
they received intelligence that Sci- that he should never return;
arra, a famous captain of robbers, in his way, stopped at the mon
was at hand with a body of men of mount Cassino, pay

his
roo numerous for them to resist. ţions to the relicts of St. Be
Taffo advised that they should con for whom he had a partici
tinue their journey, and if they neration; having spent the
should be attacked, and reso- of Christmas at this place
lutely upon their defence; but ceeded to Rome, where
this was over-ruled ; they threw in the beginning of the

у
felves for safety into Mola, being then about 51 year
they remained for some time was met at the entrance o
anner blocked up by the ban- by many prelatės and

but their captain, Sciarra, dístination, and was intro
that Tafso was one of the the two cardinals to the p
ny, fent a message to assure complimented him by
nat he might pass in safety, " That his merit would
ffered himfelf to conduct him much honour on the laurel
ver he pleased.

about to receive, as the ļau
d him thanks, but declined formerly conferred on of
ffer, perhaps not thinking a Orders were immediately gi

of his character could be safe- decorate not only the pope'. ufted; but Sciarra sent a second lace, and the Capitol, but all lage, by which he informed principal streets through which fo, that, upon his account, he procession was to pass : but Tall

uld withdraw his men, and whether from an habitual deje&tion uve the ways open. He accord- of mind, or a secret sensation of igly did fo, and Taffo continuing the first approaches of a disease aisjourne

d safely at Rome, which he apprehended would be

iously welcomed, fatal, declared, that all these pomnot

rdinals only, but pous preparations would be in vain; the pope himself

. and being fhewn a fonnet that was ned till his goth composed on the occasion, by Her

then again weary cole Tafso, a relation, he replied on, and desirous to by the following verse of Seneca, law-fuit, he obtained o pretire once more to Magnifica verba mors here he took up his

excitit. the benedictine fathers, onvent of St. Severin. It happened, that while they ynthio, however, found were waiting for fair weather to o kery shortlabfence, hy hav- Cynthio fell fick, and before

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banditti, it was usual for travellers ing prevailed with the pope
to go together in large companies, confer upon him the honour
for security. Tasso therefore join- being publicly and folemn
ed himself to one of these companies ; crowned with laurel in the Capito
but when they came within sight of He set out from Naples to re
Mola, a little town near Gaeta, ceive this honour, with a presag
they received intelligence that Sci- that he should never return; and
arra, a famous captain of robbers, in his way, stopped at the monastery
was at hand with a body of men' of mount Cassino, to pay his devo
too numerous for them to refift. ţions to the relicts of St. Benediat,
Talso advised that they should con- for whom he had a particular ve
tinue their journey, and if they neration ; having spent the festival
Thould be attacked, ftand refo- of Christmas at this place, he pro-
lutely upon their defence ; but ceeded to Rome, where he arrived
this was over-ruled ; they threw in the beginning of the year 1595,
themselves for safety into Mola, being then about 51 years old he
where they remained for some time was met at the entrance of the city
in a manner blocked up by the ban- by many prelates and persons of
ditti; but their captain, Sciarra, diftin&ion, and was introduced by
hearing that Tafso was one of the the two cardinals to the

pope, ,
company, sent a message to assure complimented him by
him that he might pass in safety, " That his merít would
and offered himself to conduct him much honour on the laure
wherever he pleased. Tasso re- about to receive, as the 1:
turned him thanks, but declined formerly conferred on
his offer, perhaps not thinking a Orders were imm
man of his character could be safe- decorate not on
ly trusted; but Sciarra sent a second lace, and the
messagę, by which he informed principal street

Taffo, that, upon his account, he procession was
would withdraw his men, and whether from

the ways open. He accord- of mind, or

id fo, and Taffo continuing the first apr
bey, arrived safely at Rome, which he ap

was graciously welcomed, fatal, declar
he two cardinals only, but pous prepara
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e continued till his goth composed on
ind being then again weary cole Tasso,

situation, and desirous to by the follo ecnte his law-suit, he obtained litari rmifiion to retire once more to Magnifica Naples, where he took up his auri excutit bode with the benedi&ține fathers, the

the convent of St. Severin. ud It happ Cardinal Cynthio, however, found were waiti means to recall him again to Rome, lebratet afbor a very shortjabsence, hy hav- Cynthio

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