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of the contract." And being asked by the pope what he demanded ? answered, “ Nothing, holy father, but your benediction, and that the articles may be torn in pieces." Then turning to the Jew, he asked him, “ What he had to say, and whether he was content?" The Jew answered, “ That he thought himself extremely happy to come off at so easy a rate, and that he was perfectly content."

" But we are not content," replied Sixtus, “ nor is there sufficient satisfaction made to our laws. We desire to know what authority you have to lay such wagers > The subjects of princes are the property of the state, and have no right to dispose of their bodies, nor any part of them, without the express consent of their sovereigns."

They were both immediately sent to prison, and the governor ordered to proceed against them with the utmost severity of the law, that others might be deterred by their example from laying any more such wagers.-[The governor interceding for them, and proposing a fine of a thousand crowns each, Sixtus ordered him to condemn them both to death, the Jew for selling his life, by consenting to have a pound of Aesh cut from his body, which he said was direct suicide ; and the merchant for premeditated murder, in making a contract with the other that he knew must be the occasion of his death. ]

As Secchi was of a very good family, having many great friends and relations, and the Jew one of the most leading men in the synagogue, they both had recourse to petitions. Strong application was made

to cardinal Montalto, to intercede with his holiness at
least to spare their lives. Sixtus, who did not really
design to put them to death, but to deter others from
such practices, at last consented to change the sen-
tence, into that of the galleys, with liberty to buy off
that too, by paying each of them two thousand crowns,
to be applied to the use of the hospital which he had
lately founded, before they were released.
Life of Sixtus V. Fol. B. VII. p. 293, &c.


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When Learning's triumph o'er her barb'rous foes
First rear'd the Stage, immortal SHAKS PER E rose;
Each change of many-colour'd life he drew,
Exhausted worlds, and then imagin’d new :
Existence saw him spurn her bounded reiga,
And panting Time toil'd after him in vain:
His pow'rful strokes presiding Truth confessid,
And unresisted Passion storm'd the breast.


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