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So Presbyter begot the other
Upon the Good Old Cause, his mother,
Then bore them, like the devil's dam,
Whose son and husband are the same;
Ajid yet no natural tie of blood,
Nor interest for the common good,
Could, when their profits interfer'd,
Get quarter for each other's beard :
For when they thriv’d they never fadg’d,
But only by the ears engag’d;
Like dogs that snarl about a bone,
And play together when they ’ve none ;
As by their truest characters,
Their constant actions, plainly' appears.
Rebellion now began, for lack
Of zeal and plunder, to grow llack;
The Cause and.Covenant to lessen,
And Providence to be out of season :
For now there was no more to purchase

O'th' King's revenue, and the Church's,
But all divided, shard, and gone,
That us’d to urge the Brethren on;
Which forc'd the stubborn'st for the Cause,
To cross the cudgels to the laws,

40 That what by breaking them they ’ad gain'd, By their support might be maintain'd; Like thieves, that in a hemp-plot lie, Secur'd against the Hue-and-cry; For Presbyter and Independent

45 Were now turn'd Plaintiff and Defendant;


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Laid out their apostolic functions
On carnal Orders and Injunctions ;
And all their precious Gifts and Graces
On Outlawries and Scire facias;
At Michael's term had many trial,
Worse than the Dragon and St. Michael,
Where thousands fell, in shape of fees,
Into the bottomless abyss.
For when, like brethren, and like friends,
They came to share their dividends,
And every partner to possess
His church and state joint-purchases,
In which the ablest Saint, and best,
Was nam'd in trust by all the rest

money, and, instead
Of every Brother, pass the deed,
He straight converted all his gifts
To pious frauds and holy shifts,
And settled all the other shares
Upon his outward man and 's heirs ;
Held all they claim'd as forfeit lands
Deliver'd up into his hands,
And pass’d upon his conscience
By pre-entail of Providence;
Impeach'd the rest for Reprobates,
That had no titles to eftates,
But by their spiritual attaints
Degraded from the right of Saints..
This being reveal’d, they now begun
With law and conscience to fall on,








And laid about as hot and brain-fick
As th' Utter barrister of Swanswick;
Engag'd with money-bags, as bold
Aš men with sand-bags did of old,
That brought the lawyers in more fees
Than all unfanctify'd Trustees ;
Till he who had no more to show
l'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 chous'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 own to town,
And those he had taught up teach downg.
And make those uses serve again
Against the New-enlighten'd men,
As fit as when at first they were
Reveal’d against the Cavalier ;
Damn Anabaptist and Fanatic
As pat as Popish and Prelatic;:
And, with as little variation,
To serve for any sect i'th' nation.
The Good old Cause, which some believe
To be the devil that tèmpted Eve
With knowledge, and does still invite
The world to mischief with New Light,

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







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 faddle of one steed

The Saracen and Christian rid;
Were free of every spiritual 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 fermon* in print, intituled, Cromavell'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 " commoners ? Truly, beloved, it is a very great

question among thofe that are learned : for may not

every one that can read observe, that Paul speaks in “ the plural number, bigher powers ? Now, had he “ meant subjection to a king, he would have said, "“Let every foul be subject to the higher power,” if " he had meant one inan; but by this you see he

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This, however, is now well known to be an impofture. N.

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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 said) 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 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 blackest practices of hell to the inspira" tion of the Holy Ghoit.”

It was with this pretext, of seeking the Lord in prayer, that Croinwell, 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 persuaded the General that this was a full return of prayer; and, God having fo manifested his pleasure, they ought to acquiesce in it. (Perenchief's Life of King Charles I.)

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