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Nero or a Caligula: though they have not seen the one who reads Davila, may trace your practices all man, they can help their imagination by a statue along. There were the same pretences for reof him, and find out the colouring from Suetonius formation and loyalty, the same aspersions of the and Tacitus. Truth is, you might have spared one king, and the same grounds of a rebellion. I know side of your Medal: the head would be seen to not whether you will take the historian's word, who more advantage if it were placed on a spike of the says it was reported, that Poltrot, a Hugonot, murTower, a little nearer to the Sun; which would dered Francis duke of Guise, by the instigations of then break out to better purpose.
Theodore Beza, or that it was a Hugonot minister, You tell us in your preface to the No-protestant otherwise called a presbyterian, for our church abPlot, that you shall be forced hereafter to leave off hors so devilish a tenet, who first writ a treatise of your modesty: I suppose you mean that little the lawfulness of deposing and murdering kings of which is left you: for it was worn to rays when you a different persuasion in religion: but I am able to put out this Medal. Never was there practised prove, from the doctrine of Calvin, and principles such a piece of notorious impudence in the face of of Buchanan, that they set the people above the an established government. I believe, when he is magistrate; which, if I mistake not, is your own dead, you will wear him in thum-rings, as the Turks fundamental, and which carries your loyalty no did Scanderbeg; as if there were virtue in his bones further than your liking. When a vote of the to preserve you against monarchy. Yet all this house of commons goes on your side, you are as while you pretend not only zeal for the public good, ready to observe it as if it were passed into a law; but a due veneration for the person of the king. but when you are pinched with any former and But all men who can see an inch before them, may yet unrepealed act of parliament, you declare that easily detect those gross fallacies. That it is ne- in some cases you will not be obliged by it. The cessary for men in your circumstances to pretend passage is in the same third part of the No-proboth, is granted you; for without them there could | testant Plot; and is too plain to be denied. The be no ground to raise a faction. But I would ask late copy of your intended association, you neither you one civil question, what right has any man wholly justify nor condemn; but as the papists, among yon, or any association of men, to come when they are unopposed, fly out into all the panearer to you, who, out of parliament, cannot be geantries of worship; but in times of war, when considered in a public capacity, to meet as you they are hard pressed by arguments, lie close indaily do in factious clubs, to vilify the government trenched behind the council of Trent: so now, in your discourses, and to libel it in all your writ- when your affairs are in a low condition, you dare ings? Who'made you judges in Israel ? Or how is not pretend that to be a legal combination; but it consistent with your zeal for the public welfare, whensoever you are afloat, I doubt not but it will to promote sedition? Does your definition of loyal, be maintained and justified to purpose. For inwhich is to serve the king according to the laws, deed there is nothing to defend it but the sword : allow you the licence of traducing the executive it is the proper time to say any thing, when men power with which you own he is invested? You have all things in their power. complain, that his majesty has lost the love and In the mean time, you wonld fain be nibbling at confidence of his people; and, by your very urg- a parallel betwixt this association, and that in the ing it, you endeavour what in you lies to make him time of queen Elizabeth. But there is this small lose them. All good subjects abhor the thought of difference betwixt them, that the ends of the one arbitrary power, whether it be in one or many: if are directly opposite to the other: one with the you were the patriots you would seem, you would queen's approbation and conjunction, as head of it; not at this rate incense the multitude to assume it; the other without either the consent or knowledge for no sober man can fear it, either from the king's of the king, against whose authority it is manifestly disposition or his practice; or even, where you designed. Therefore you do well to have recourse would odiously lay it, from his ministers. Give us to your last evasion, that it was contrived by your leave to enjoy the government and benefit of laws enemies, and shuffled into the papers that were under which we were born, and which we desire to seized; which yet you see the nation is not so transmit to our posterity. You are not the trustees easy to believe as your own jury; but the matter of the public liberty: and if you have not right to is not difficult, to find twelve men in Newgate who petition in a crowd, much less have you to inter- would acquit a malefactor. meddle in the management of affairs; or to arraign I have only one favour to desire of you at partwhat you do not like; which in effect is every ing, that when you think of answering this poem, thing that is done by the king and council. Can you would employ the same pens against it, who you imagine that any reasonable man will believe have combated with so much success against Abyou respect the person of his majesty, when it is salom and Achitophel : for then you may assure apparent, that your seditious pamphlets are stuffed yourselves of a clear victory, without the least with particular reflections on him? If you have reply. Rail at me abundantly; and, not to break the confidence to deny this, it is easy to be evinced a custom, do it without wit: by this method you from a thousand passages, which I only forbear to will gain a considerable point, which is wholly to quote, because I desire they should die and be for- wave the answer of my arguments. Never own gotten. I have perused many of your papers; and the bottom of your principles, for fear they should to show you that I have, the third part of your No- be treason. Fall severely on the miscarriages of protestant Plot is much of it stolen from your dead government; for if scandal be not allowed, you author's pamphlet, called the Growth of Popery; are no freeborn subjects. If God has not blessed as manifestly as Milton's Defence of the English you with the talent of rhyming, make use of my People is from Buchanan De Jure Regni apud Sco- poor stock and welcome: let your verses run upout tos: or your first Covenant and new Association my feet: and for the utmost refuge of notorious from the holy league of the French Guisards. Any blockheads, reduced to the last extremity of sense,
turn my own lines upon me, and in utter despair | The word, pronounc'd aloud by shrieval voice,
The loudest bagpipe of the squeaking train.
Him, in the anguish of his soul he serv'd; me, if you will be so civil to youselves as to take Rewarded faster still than he deserv'd. him for your interpreter; and not to take them Behold himn now exalted into trust; for Irish witnesses. After all, perhaps, you will
His counsel 's oft convenient, seldom just. tell me, that you retained him only for the open- Ev’n in the most sincere advice he gave ing of your cause, and that your main lawyer is He had a grudging still to be a knave. yet behind. Now if it so happen he meet with no The frauds he learu'd in his fanatic years. more reply than his predecessors, you may either Made him uneasy in his lawful gears. conclude, that I trust to the goodness of my cause,
At best as little honest as he could,
Thus fram'd for ill, he loos’d our triple hold;
Who helps a powerful friend, fore-arms a foe.
What wonder if the waves prevail so far,
When he cut down the banks that made the bar ? Of all our antic sights and pageantry,
Seas follow but the'r nature to invade; Which English ideots run in crowds to see,
But he by art our native strength betray'd. The Polish Medal bears the prize alone:
So Samson to his foe bis force confest; A monster, more the favourite of the town
And to be shorn, lay slumbering on her breast. Than either fairs or theatres have shown.
But when this fatal comisel, found too late, Never did Art so well with Nature strive;
Expos'd its author to the public hate; Nor ever idol seem'd so much alive:
When his just sovereign, by no iinpious way So like the man; so golden to the sight,
Could be seduc'd to arbitrary sway; So base within, so counterfeit and light.
Forsaken of that hope, he shifts his sail, One side is fill'd with title and with face ;
Drives down the current with a popolar gale, And, Jest the king should want a regal place, And shows the fiend confess'd without a veil. On the reverse, a tower the town surveys;
He preaches to the crowd, that power is lent, O'er which our mounting Sun his beams displays. But not convey'd to kingly government;
That claims successive bear no binding force, Thus men are rais'd by factions, and decry'd ;
They rack ev'n Scripture to confess their cause,
And plead a call to preach in spite of laws.
But that's no news to the poor injur'd page,
Happy who can this talking-trumpet seize ;
They make it speak whatever sense they please!
London, thou great emporium of our isle,
Or separate thy sound from thy corrupted part ?
Yet monsters from thy large increase we find,
Engender'd on the slime thou leav'st behind.
Sedition has not wholly seiz'd on thee,
Thy nobler parts are from infection free.
But still the Canaanite is in the land.
Nor are thy disenchanted burghers few.
The head is loval which thy heart commands,
The wise and wealthy love the surest way,
And are content to thrive and to obey.
But Wisdom is to Sloth too great a slave;
None are so busy as the food and knave.
Those let me curse; what vengeance will they urge,
Whose ordures neither plague nor fire can purge?
In gospel-phrase their chapmen they betray;
Their shops are dens, the buyer is their prey.
The knack of trades is living on the spoil;
They boast ev'n when each other they beguile.
Customs to steal is such a trivial thing,
That 'tis their charter to defrand their king.
And they 'll be sure to make his cause their own.
The men who no conspiracy would find
Who doubts? but had it taken, they had join'd,
At first without, at last against, their prince.
The same bold maxim bolds in God and man:
Thus, when the heir was from the vineyard thrown,
The rich possession was the murderer's own.
By proving their's no plot, they prove 'tis worse;
Which, though not actual, vet all eyes may see
For from pretended grievances they rise,
The swelling poison of the several sects, First to dislike, and after to despise.
Which, wanting vent, the nation's health infects, Then cyclop-like in human flesh to deal,
Shall burst its bag; and, fighting out their way, Chop up a minister at every meal :
The various venoms on each other prey. Perhaps not wholly to melt down the king; The presbyter, puff'd up with spiritual pride, But clip his regal rights within the ring.
Shall on the necks of the lewd nobles ride; From thence t' assume the power of peace and war; His brethren damn, the civil power defy, And ease him by degrees of public care.
And parcel out republic prelacy. Yet, to consult his dignity and fame,
But short shall be his reign : his rigid yoke He should have leave to exercise the name; And tyrant power will puny sects provoke ; And hold the cards while commons play'd the game. And frogs and toads, and all the tadpole train, For what can power give more than food and drink, Will croak to Heaven for help, from this devouring To live at ease, and not be bound to think? These are the cooler methods of their crime, The cut-throat sword and clamorous gown shall jar, But their hot zealots think 'tis loss of time; In sharing their ill-gotten spoils of war: On utmost bounds of loyalty they stand,
Chiefs shall be grudg'd the part which they pretend; And grin and whet like a Croatian band,
Lords envy lords, and friends with every friend That waits impatient for the last command. About their impious merit shall contend, Thus outlaws open villany maintain,
The surly commons shall respect deny, They steal not, but in squadrons scour the plain : And justle peerage out with property. And if their power the passengers subdue,
Their general either shall his trust betray, The most have right, the wrong is in the few. And force the crowd to arbitrary sway ; Such impious axioms foolishly they show,
Or they, suspecting his ambitious aim, For in some soils republics will not grow:
In hate of kings shall cast anew the frane; Our temperate isle will no extremes sustain, And thrust out Collatine that bore their name. Of popular sway or arbitrary reign :
Thus inborn broils the factions would engage,
Till halting vengeance overtook our age :
..... Pudet hæc opprobria, vobis But thou, the pan of the eople's heart:
Et dici potuisse, et non potuisse refelli.
TARQUIN AND TULLIA.
And declarations which themselves did draw;
The euvied sceptre did from Tullius spatch,
Where glad offenders safely might resort.
'Mongst these a pagan priest for refuge fled; That lets the world and human-kind alone : A prophet deep in godly faction read; A jolly god, that passes hours too well
A sycophant, that knew the modish way
To whine and sin, to scribble and recant,
And with great ease flat contradictions join :
A traitor now, once loyal in extreme, Fore-doom'd for souls, with false religion, mad. And then obedience was his only theme: Without a vision poets can foreshow
He sung in temples the most passive lays, What all but fools by common sense may know: And wearied monarchs with repeated praise ; If true succession from our isle should fail,
But manag'd awkwardly that lawful part; And crowds profane with impious arms prevail, To vent foul lies and treason was his art, Not thou, nor those thy factious arts engage, And pointed libels at crown'd heads to dart, Shall reap that harvest of rebellious rage,
This priest, and others learned to defame, With which thou flatterest thy decrepit age. First murder injur'd Tullius in his name:
With blackest calumnies their sovereign load, But she more guilty numerous wains did drive
And in remembrance of his hasten’d fall,
Debauch'd good-nature, and cram'd down remorsc; And freedom, words which all false patriots use, Yet when she drank cold tea in liberal sups, As surest names the Romans to abuse.
The sobbing dame was maudling in her cups. Jealous of kings, and always malecontent,
But brutal Tarquin never did relent, Forward in change, yet certain to repent.
Too hard to melt, too wicked to repent;
And blest with natural delight in ill.
To walk the 'change, and not to govern Rome.
Oh! had that oath his swelling pride represt, Slight were their ills, but desperate the cure. Rome had been then with peace and plenty blest. 'Tis hard for kings to steer an equal course, But Tarquin, guided by destructive Fate, And they who banish one, oft gain a worse. The country wasted, and embroil'd the state, Those heavenly bodies we admire above,
Transported to their foes the Roman pelf,
And by their ruin hop'd to save bimself.
Whether its guilt or losses did excel.
Outlaws return'd, preferment to obtain, By his own whoredom, and his sister's lust, With frogs, and toads, and all their croaking train, Forsook his master, after dreadful vows,
No native knew their features nor their birth, And plotted to betray him to his foes;
They seem'd the greasy offspring of the earth. The kindest master to the vilest slave,
The trade was sunk, the fleet and army spent; As free to give, as he was sure to crave.
Devouring taxes swallow'd lesser rent;
Each lewd collection was a robbery.
Bold self-creating men did statutes draw,
Fanatic drivers, whose unjust careers
Yet authors here except, a faithful band, A father, always generously bent,
Which the prevailing faction did withstand; So kind, that ev'n her wishes he'd prevent.
And some, who bravely stood in the defence 'Twas now high time for Tullius to retreat,
Of baffled justice and their exil'd prince.
When lawless men their neighbours dispossess, His active soul from labours ne'er did cease,
The tenants they extirpate or oppress, Valiant in war, and vigilant in peace :
And make rude havoc in the fruitful soil, Studious with traffic to enrich the land;
Which the right owners plough'd with careful toil, Strong to protect, and skilful to command; The same proportion does in kingdoms hold, Liberal and splendid, yet without excess;
A new prince breaks the fences of the old ! Prone to relieve, unwilling to distress;
And will o'er carcases and deserts reign, In sum, how godlike must bis nature be,
Unless the land its rightful lord regain.
He gripes the faithless owners of the place,
He starves their forces, and obstructs their trade;