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cularly Bruffels, where King
Charles II. long resided.
Queen Catharine. Nadab,
Lord Howard of Escriek. Og,
King of France. Rabsbeka,
Sir Thomas Player. Sagan of Jerusalem, Dr. Compton, Bishop of London. Sanhedrim,
Oliver Cromwell. Shimei,
Sir Roger Lestrange.
S Sancroft, Archbishop of CanterZadoc,
SA Member of the House of ComZaken,
Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, Ziloah,
Sir John Moor.
OR to whom can I dedicate this poem, with so
much justice as to you? It is the representation of your own hero : it is the picture drawn at length, which
you admire and prize fo much in little. None of your ornaments are wanting ; neither the landscape of your Tower, nor the rising sun; nor the Anno Domini of your new sovereign's coronation. This must needs be a grateful undertaking to your whole party : especially to those who have not been so happy as to purchase the original. I hear the graver has made a good market of it: all his kings are bought up already; or the value of the remainder fo inhanced, that many a pocr Polander, who would be glad to worship the image, is not able to go to the cost of him : but must be content to see him here. I must confess I am no great artist; but fign-post painting will serve the turn to remember a friend by; especially when better is not to be had. Yet, for your comfort, the lineamients are true: and though he sat not five times to me, as he did to B. yet I have consulted history; as the Italian painters do, when they would draw a Nero or a Caligula ; though
they have not seen the man, they can help their imagination by a statue of him, and find out the colouring from Suetonius and Tacitus. Truth is, you might have spared one side of your Medal : the head would be seen to more advantage if it were placed on a spike of the Tower, a little nearer to the sun; which would then break out to better purpose.
You tell us in your preface to the No-protestant Plot, that you shall be forced hereafter to leave off your modesty: I suppose you mean that little which is left. you; for it was worn to rags when you put out this Medal. Never was there practised such a piece of notorious impudence in the face of an established government. I believe, when he is «lead, you will wear him in thumb-rings, as the Turks did Scanderbeg ; as if there were virtue in his bones to preserve you against monarchy. Yet all this while you pretend not only zeal for the public good, but a due veneration for the person of the king. But all men who can see an inch before them, may easily detect those groís fallacies. That it is necessary for men in your circumstances to pretend both, is granted you; for without them there could be no ground to raise a faction. But I would aík you one civil question, what right has any man among you, or any association of men, to come nearer to you, who, out of parliament, cannot be considered in a public capacity, to meet as you daily do in factious clubs, to vilify the government in your discourses, and to libel it in all your writings ? Who made you judges in Ifrael ? Or how is it consistent with your zeal for the
public welfare, to promote fedition? Does
definition of loyal, which is to serve the king according to the laws, allow you the license of traducing the executive
power with which you own he is invested ? You complain that his majesty has lost the love and confi. dence of his people; and, by your very urging it, you endeavour what in you lies to make him lose them. All good subjects abhor the thought of arbitrary power, whether it be in one or many : if you were the patriots you would seem, you would not at this rate incense the multitude to affume it; for no sober man can fear it, either from the king's disposition or his practice; or even, where you would odiously lay it, from his minifters. Give us leave to enjoy the government and benefit of laws under which we were born, and which we desire to transmit to our posterity. You are not the trustees of the public liberty : and if you
have not right to petition in a crowd, much less have you to intermeddle in the management of affairs; or to arraign what you do not like; which in effect is every thing that is done by the king and council. Can you imagine that any reasonable man will believe you respect the person of his majesty, when it is apparent that your feditious pamphlets are stuffed with particular reflections on him? If you have the confidence to deny this, it is easy to be evinced from a thousand passages, which I only forbear to quote, because I desire they ihould die and be forgotten. I have perused many of your papers; and to thew you that I have, the third part of your No-protestant Plot is much of it stolen from your dead author's pamph