British politician and administrator who did much to stabilize British financial administration during the 20 years after the Revolution of 1688.
A member of a cadet branch of an ancient Cornish family, Godolphin became page of honour to King Charles II in 1662, beginning a lifetime in court service and court politics. As page he became intimate with John Churchill (later Duke of Marlborough), his lifelong political ally, who was then page to the Duke of York (later James II). The strength ..
Lord, when the wise men came from far, Led to thy cradle by a star, Then did the shepherds too rejoice, Instructed by thy angel's voice. Blest were the wise men in their skill, And shepherds in their harmless will.