ABSTRACT

Clarendon spent almost a third of his life in exile. Even within the context of the civil wars and their aftermath, when long-term displacement was common, this separates him from most of his royalist contemporaries. But the clearer distinction is that he was a double exile, banished overseas during the English Revolution and again at the Restoration. 1 This does more than lend pathos to Clarendon’s life; it places him in an excellent position to act as a bridge between two epochs, to reinforce the modern scholarly view that 1660 is an arbitrary cut-off point, the seventeenth century meaningfully ‘long’. 2 That bridge is undergirded by the literary exploits his exiles spawned – much of Clarendon’s corpus was composed as an émigré. In this chapter, I train attention on one of these works, ‘Contemplations and Reflections on the Psalms of David’, and particularly on its dedication. Like the History of the Rebellion, ‘Contemplations’ was begun in Clarendon’s first exile and completed in his second, adding an important intertextual dimension to the work. The prime focus here, though, will be on the exercise of completion, which took place in Montpellier between 1668 and 1670. 3