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ON THE NEW FORCERS OF CONSCIENCE
UNDER THE LONG PARLIAMENT.
have thrown off your Prelate Lord, And with stiff vows renounc'd his Liturgy, To seize the widow'd whore Plurality
From them whose sin ye envied, not abhorr'd ;
To force our consciences that Christ set free,
Taught ye by mere A. S.2 and Rotherford ? 3
Would have been held in high esteem with Paul,
Must now be named and printed Hereticks
But we do hope to find out all your tricks,
That so the Parliament
And succour our just fears, When they shall read this clearly in your charge, New Presbyter is but old Priest writ large.
I Classick :' referring to the classes, including the parochial presbyteries into which England was divided. A. S.:' Adam Steuart, a divine of the Church of Scotland, and the author of several polemical tracts, some portions of which commence with A. S. only prefixed. — 3 " Samuel Rotherford,' or Rutherford, one of the chief commissioners of the Church of Scotland, and professor of divinity in the University of St Andrews. He was a great genius, but disliked by Milton for his aversion to Independency. Who has not heard of his · Letters '? • • Thomas Edwards,' minister : a pamphleteering opponent of Milton, whose plan of Independency he assailed.—5 What d'ye call : ' perhaps Henderson, or Gillespie, Scotch divines.-.8 ‘Bauk :' spare.
THE FIFTH ODE OF HORACE, LIB. I.
What slender youth, bedew'd with liquid odours,
Pyrrha ? For whom bind'st thou
In wreaths thy golden hair,
Rough with black winds, and storms
Unwonted shall admire !
Hopes thee, of flattering gales
Unmindful. Hapless they,
My dank and dropping weeds
FROM GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH.
BRUTUS thus addresses Diana in the country of LEOGECIA.
GODDESS of shades, and huntress, who at will
On thy third reign, the earth, look now, and tell
To whom, sleeping before the Altar, DIANA answers in a Vision the same
An, Constantine, of how much ill was cause,
FOUNDED in chaste and humble poverty,
Then pass'd he to a flowery mountain green,
Whom do we count a good man? Whom but he
This is true liberty, when freeborn men,
LAUGHING, to teach the truth, What hinders ? As some teachers give to boys Junkets and knacks, that they may learn apace.
FROM HORACE. JOKING decides great things, Stronger and better oft than earnest can.
FROM SOPHOCLES. 'TIS you that
say it, not I. You do the deeds, And your ungodly deeds find me the words.
THERE can be slain
PSALM 1. Done into Verse, 1653.
Bless'p is the man who hath not walk'd astray
But in the great
PSALM II. Done Aug. 8, 1653. TERZETTI.
Why do the Gentiles tumult, and the Nations
Muse a vain thing, the kings of the earth upstand
With power, and princes in their congregations
Against the Lord and his Messiah dear?