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Auszug: ...race, who never attained the crown he inherited, mingled
his dust with that of a great aunt, who soon lost the crown she had
prompted her husband too eagerly to seize. As the nation
unaffectedly mourned 1 Burnet, ii. 211. Stanley's Memorials of
Westminster Abbey; Supplement, 136. the death of the youthful Duke,
a gentleman,1 living at Holland House, a friend of Atterbury's,
lamented the removal of his Royal neighbour in the following lines,
which afford a specimen of the affected elegiac strains popular at
the period: --"So by the course of the revolving spheres, When'er a
new discover'd star appears, Astronomers with pleasure and amaze,
Upon the infant luminary gaze. They find their heaven's enlarged,
and wait from thence, Some blest, some more than common influence;
But suddenly, alas I the fleeting light Eetiring, leaves their
hopes involved in endless night." The Duke of Gloucester was the
last Protestant heir to the Crown recognized in the Act of
Settlement. His death therefore exposed the Royal succession to new
perils, revived the hopes of the Jacobites, and created anxiety in
the minds of William and his Ministers. The King at the time had
left England nearly a month; and as, amidst the gardens of his
retreat at Loo, he saw the shortening of the summer days, he had
pondered j future contingencies, and laid plans for preserving the
work which he had wrought. When, in the following February, 1701,
he, bearing evident signs of increasing frailty, met Parliament, he
told the Houses that the loss just sustained made it necessary
there should be a further provision for a Protestant succession;
adding, that the happiness of the nation, and the security of
religion, seemed to depend so much...
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