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And laid about as hot and brain-fick
As th' Utter barrister of Swanswick ;
Engag'd with money-bags, as bold
As men with sand-bags did of old,
That brought the lawyers in more fees
Than all unsanctify'd Trustees ;
Till he who had no more to show
I'th' case, receiv'd the overthrow;
Or, both sides having had the worst,
They parted as they met at first.
Poor Presbyter was now reduc'd,
Secluded, and cashier'd, and chou'd !
Turn'd out, and excommunicate
From all affairs of Church and State,
Reform'd t'a reformado Saint,
And glad to turn itinerant,
To stroll and teach from town to town,
And those he had taught up teach downl,
And make those uses serve again
Against the New-enlightend men,
As fit as when at first they were
Reveal'd against the Cavalier ;
Damn Anabaptist and Fanatic
As pat as Popith and Prelatic;,
And, with as little variation,
To serve for any feet i' th’ nation.
The Good old Cause, which fome believe
To be the devil that tempted Eve
With knowledge, and does still invite
The world to mischief with New Light,

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Ver. 78.] W. Prynnc, a voluminous writer,

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Had store of money in her purse,
When he took her for better or worse :
But now was grown deform’d and poor,
And fit to be turn'd out of door.

'The Independents (whose first station
Was in the rear of Reformation,
A mongrel kind of Church-dragoons,
That sery'd for horse and foot at once,
And in the saddle of one steed

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The Saracen and Christian rid;
Were free of every fpiritual order,
To preach, and fight, and pray, and murder)

No Ver. 118.] The officers and soldiers among the Independents got into pulpits, and preached and prayed as well as fought. Oliver Cromwell was fam'd for a preacher, and has a sermon* in print, intituled, Cromawell's Learned, Devout, and Conscientious Exercise, beld at Sir Peter Temple's in Lincoln's Inn-fields, upon Rom. xiii. 1. in which are the following flowers of rhetoric : Dearly beloved brethren and sisters, it is

true, this text is a malignant one; the wicked and “ ungodly have abused it very much ; but, thanks be " to God, it was to their own ruin.

“ But now that I spoke of Kings, the question is, " Whether, by the higher powers, are meant kings or cummoners ? Truly, beloved, it is a very great

question among those that are learned : for may not

every one that can read observe, that aul speaks in " the plural num'er, bigher power's ? Now, had he “ meant subjectics to a king, he would have said, "« Let every soul te subject to the higher power," if

d meant one man ; but by this you fee he

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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,

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“ 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 intertèd an article against public preachers being members of Parliament, Oliver Cromwell excepted againit it expressly; « Because he (he faid) wis one, and divers otticers 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 obferves (Reflection upon Poggius's Fable of the Husband, Wife, ani Gbp?ly Fatber, part I. fab. 357.) upon the pretended faints of those times, “ That they did not let one step, in the " whole tract of this iniquity, without seeking the “ Lord first, and going up to enquire of the Lord, “according to the cant of those days; which was no “ other than to make God the author of sin, and to “ impute the blackett practices of hell to the inspira“stion 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 fpeedily done : and, when they had notice that it was over, they periuaded the General that this was a full return of prayer; and, God having fo manifested his pleasure, they ought to acquiefce in it. (Perencbief's Life of King Charles I.)

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