she was preparing for the ministry: he afterwards became dean of Westminster.

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Parker, who began his career with Anne, was to finish it with Elizabeth. When he w

as deprived of all his offices by Queen Mary in 1554, he exclaimed: 'Now that

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I am stripped of everything, I live in God's presence, and am full of joy in my co

nscience. In this charming leisure I find greater pleasures than those supplie

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d by the busy and perilous life I led at the court.' Forced to hide himself, often

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to flee by night, to escape the pursuit of his persecutors, the peace which he enjoyed was never troubled. He looked upon trials as the privilege of the child of God. All of a sudden a strange and unexpected calamity {124} befell him. The daughter of Anne Boleyn, having ascended the throne, desired to have her mother's chaplain for archbishop of Canterbury and primate of all England. 'I kneel before your Majesty,' he said to Queen Elizabeth

, 'and pray you not to burden me with an office which requires a man of much more talent, knowledge, virtue, and experience than I possess.' A second letter from Chancellor Bacon repeated the summons. Then the unhappy Parker exclaimed in the depth of his sorrow: 'Alas! alas! Lord God! for what times hast Thou preserved me![276] I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. O Lord! strengthen me by Thy mighty Spirit!' Parker was at the head of the Church of England for sixteen years, and dignified the elevated seat on which he had been constrained to sit. Such were the men whom Anne Boleyn gathered round her. We should b