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No sooner got the start, to lurch
Both disciplines of War and Church,

And Providence enough to run
The chief commanders of them down,
But carry'd on the war against
The common enemy o'th' Saints,


“ meant more than one: he bids us “ be subject to “ the higher powers,” that is, the Council of State, “ the House of Commons, and the Army." Ib. p. 3.

When in the Humble Petition there was inserted an article against public preachers being members of Parliament, Oliver Cromwell excepted against it expressly; “ Because he (he faid) was one, and divers officers of the army, by whom much good had been done“ and therefore desired they would explain their ar“ ticle.” (Heath's Chronicle, p. 408.)

'Ib.) Sir Roger L'Estrange observes (Reflection upon Poggius's Fable of the Husband, Wife, and Ghostly Father, part I. fab. 357.) upon the pretended faints of those times, “ That they did not set one step, in the “ whole tract of this iniquity, without seeking the Lord first, and going up to enquire of the Lord, .c.according to the cant of those days ; which was no “ other than to make God the author of fin, and to “ impute the blackest practices of hell to the inspira“ tion of the Holy Gholt.”

It was with this pretext, of seeking the Lord in prayer, that Cromwell, Ireton, Harrison, and others of the Regicides, cajoled General Fairfax, who was determined to rescue the King from execution, giving orders to have it speedily done : and, when they had notice that it was over, they persuaded the General that this was a full return of prayer; and, God having so manifested his pleasure, they ought to acquiefce in it. (Perencbief's Life of King Charles I.)




And in a while prevailid so far,
To win of them the game of war,
And be at liberty once more
T' attack themselves as they 'ad before.

For now there was no foe in arms
T' unite their factions with alarms,
But all reduc'd and overcome,
Except their worst, themselves, at home,
Who 'ad compafs'd all they pray'd, and swore,
And fought, and preach'd, and plunder'd for,
Subdued the Nation, Church, and State,
And all things but their laws and hate;
But when they came to treat and transact,
And share the spoil of all they ’ad ransackt,
To botch up what they 'ad torn and rent,
Religion and the Government,
They met no sooner, but prepar'd
To pull down all the war had spar'd ;
Agreed in nothing, but t' abolish,
Subvert, extirpate, and demolish :
For knaves and fools being near of kin,
As Dutch boors are t'a sooterkin,
Both parties join'd to do their best
To damn the public interest,
And herded only in consults,
To put by one another's bolts ;
T'out-cant the Babylonian labourers,
At all their dialects of jabberers,
And tug at both ends of the faw,
To tear down government and law,






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For as two cheats, that play one game,
Are both defeated of their aim ;
So those who play a game of state,
And only cavil in debate,
Although there 's nothing lost nor wony,
The public business is undone ;
Which still the longer 'tis in doing,
Becomes the surer way to ruin.

This when the Royalists perceiv’d,
(Who to their faith as firmly cleav'd,
And own'd the right they had paid down
So dearly for, the Church and Crown)
They' united constanter, and sided
The more, the more their foes divided ;
For though out-number'd, overthrown,
And by the fate of war run down,
Their duty never was defeated,
Nor from their oaths and faith ri treated ;
For loyalty is still the same,
Whether it win or lose the game ;
True as the dial to the sun,
Although it be not thin'd upon.

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Ver. 163.] What a lasting monument of fame has our Poet raised to the Royalists! What merited praises does he bestow on their unshaken faith and loyalty ! How happily does he applaud their constancy and sufferings ! If any thing can be a compensation to those of that party, who met with unworthy disregard and neglect after the Restoration, it must be this neverdying eulogy. Butler, alas ! was one of that unfortunate number.

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But when these Brethren in evil,
Their adversaries, and the devil,
Began once more to shew them play,
And hopes, at least, to have a day,
They rally'd in parades of woods,
And unfrequented solitudes ;
Conven’d at midnight in outhouses,
T'appoint new-rising rendezvouses,
And, with a pertinacy' unmatch'd,
For new recruits of danger watch’d.
No sooner was one blow diverted,

another party started;
And, as if Nature, too, in haste
To furnish out supplies as faft,
Before her time had turn'd destruction
T'a new and numerous production ;
No sooner those were overcome,

rose others in their room,
That, like the Christian faith, increast
The more, the more they were supprest;
Whom neither chains, nor transportation,
Proscription, fale, or confiscation,
Nor all the desperate events
Of former try'd experiments,
Nor wounds, could terrify, nor mangling,
To leave off loyalty and dangling,





Ver. 201, 202.] The brave spirit of loyalty was not to be suppressed by the most barbarous and inhuman usage. There are several remarkable instances upon


Nor Death (with all his bones) affright
From venturing to maintain the right,
From staking life and fortune down
'Gainst all together, for the Crown;



record; as that of the gallant Marquis of Montrose, the loyal Mr. Gerrard, and Mr. Vowel, in 1654; of Mr. Penruddock, Grove, and others, who suffered for their loyalty at Exeter, 1654-5; of Capt. Reynolds, who had been of the King's party, and, when he was going to be turned off the ladder, cried, God bless King Charles; Vive le Roy; of Dalgelly, one of Montrose's party, who being sentenced to be beheaded, and being brought to the scaffold, ran and kissed it; and, without any speech or ceremony, laid down his head upon the block, and was beheaded; of the brave Sir Robert Spotiswood ; of Mr. Courtney, and Mr. Portman, who were committed to the Tower the beginning of February 1657, for difperfing among the foldiers what were then called seditious books and pamphlets.

Nor ought the loyalty of the fix counties of North Wales to be passed over in silence, who never addressed or petitioned during the Usurpation; nor the common soldier mentioned in the Oxford Diurnal, firit Week,

6. See more in the story of the Impertinent Sherif, L'Estrange's Fables, part II. fab. 265. Mr. Butler, or Mr. Prynne, speaking of the gallant behaviour of the Loyalists, says, “ Other nations would have cano“ nized for martyrs, and erected ftatues after their “ death, to the memory of some of our compatriots, “ whom ye have barbaroully defaced and mangled, yet alive, for no other motive than their undaunted is


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