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Taught ye by mere A. S. and Rotherford? Men, whose life, learning, faith, and pure intent Would have been held in high esteem with Paul, 10

Must now be named and printed Ileretieks
By shallow Edwards and Seoteh what d'ye eall:

But we do hope to find out all your trieks,
Your plots and paeking, worse than those of Trent;

That so the Parliament is
May, with their wholesome and preventive shears,
Clip your phylaeteries, though bauk your ears,

And sueeour our just fears, When they shall read this elearly in your eharge; New Presbyter is but Old Priest writ large. 2o TRAN8LATlON8.

8. Ihngld ye by mere A.8. The independents were now eontending for toleration. ln 1043 their prineipal leaders pnbiishMl a pamphlet with this title, "An Apologetieall Narration of some Ministers formerly exiies in the Netherlands, now members of the Assembly of Divines. Humbly subndtted to the honourable Houses of Pariiament." This pieee was answered by one A. 8., the person intended by Miiton.—T. Warton.

RUherford. 8amnel Rutherford, or iiot herfoord. was one of the ehief eommissioners of the Chureh of 8eotland, who sat with the Assembly at Westndnster, and who eoneurred in settiing the g,,u,d points of presbyterian diseipiine. He was professor of divinity in the university of 8t . Andrew's, and has left a great variety of Calvinistie traets. He was an avowed enemy to the independents, as appears from his "Dispntation on pretended Liierty of Conseienee, 1040." II i- henee easy to see, why Rotherford was an obnonious eharaeter to Miiton.—T. Warton.

12. And 8eoteJt what tVys eali. Perhaps Henderson, or George )Jalaspie. another 8eoteh ndnister with a harder name, and one of the eeelesiastieal eomndssioners at Westndnster, is here meant.—T. Warton.

14. Trent, the famous Couneii of Trent.

17. Ctip, 4e. That is, althongh yonr ears ery out that they need eiipping, yet the miid and gentle pariiament wiil eontent itself with only eiipping sway your Jewish and perseenting prineiples.— Wakuurton.

The moaning of the present eontext is. "Cheek your insolenee, without proeeeding to ernel punishments." To "halk," ls; to spare.—T. War)o.h.

,i0. Wr,t tarye, ihat is, more dondneer lng and tyraunieai. Mdton, in his earl> 'ifr, was a Presbyterian; but seeing thur this seet, when in power, was qnite as tyraunieal in enforeing eonforndty to th,eirI

views as the prelates before them were to their own, he left them, and joined the lndependents or Congregationaiists. He held, as all Congregationaiists now hold, that every bedy of beiievers that meet together for mutnal improvement, instruetion, and worship, is a eomplete ehureh in itself, independent, eapable of transaeting its own business, eleeting its own pastor, bishop, or ruiing elder, administeringitsown diseipiine, and deterndning finally all oerlesiastieal mutters that may properly eome before iL He says—"l)very ehureh, however small its numbers, is to be eonsidered as in itself an integral and perfeet ehureh, Bo far as it regards its reiigious rites; nor has it any superior on earth, whether individnal, or assembly, or eonvention, to whom it ean be lawfully reqnired to rentier subndssion." Matt, xviii.17-20, espeeially vee. 17; Aets xiv. 23.

Miiton also maintained that all trne and sineere beiievers not only have an eqnal right to preaeh the gospel, bnt that it is their duty so to de. lie says—" Any beiiever is eompetent to aet as an ordinary ndnister, aeeording as eonvenknee may reqnire, provided only he be endowed with the neeessary gifts; these gifts eonstituting his ndssion." • n «lf. therefore, it be eompetent to any beiiever whatever to preaeh the gospel, provided he be furnished with the reqnisite gifts, it is also eompetent to him to adndnister the rite of haptism; inasmueh as the latter offiee is inferior to the formev.'"—Cbrist, Doe.C. xxix. Again: "' Heretofore, in the first evangeiie times, land it were happy for Cbristendom if it were so again.1 ndnisters of the gospel were by nothing else distingnished from other Cbristians but by their spiritnal knowledge and sanetity of iife." Consideratums, &v„ lu his Realms of Chureh Government, he also shows that the distinetion of elergy and laity is a mere arrogating, papal figment, having no authority in the New Testament.

THE FIFTH ODE OF HORACE, Lib. I.

Wuat slender youth, bedew'd with liquid odours,
Courts thee on roses in some pleasant eave

Pyrrha? For whom bind'st thou

In wreaths thy golden hair,
Plain in thy neatness? 0, how oft shall he I
On faith and ehanged gods eomplain, and seas

Rough with blaek winds, and storms

Unwonted shall admire!
Who now enjoys thee eredulous, all gold,
Who always vaeant, always amiable 10

Hopes thee, of flattering gales

Unmindful, Hapless they,
To whom thou untried seem'st fair! Me, in my vow'd
Pieture, the saered wall deelares to have hung

My dank and dropping weeds 15

To the stern God of sea.

FROM GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH.

Bruvus thus addresses Diana in the eonntry of Leogeeia:

Goddess of shades, and huntress, who at will
Walk'st on the rowling spheres, and through the deep;
On thy third reign, the earth, look now, and tell
What land, what seat of rest, thou bidd'st me seek,
AVhat eertain seat, where I may worship thee i
For aye, with temples vow'd and virgin quires.

To whom, sleeping before the altar, Diana answers in a vision, the same night:

Brutus, far to the west, in the oeean wide,

Beyond the realm of Gaul, a land there lies,

Sea-girt it lies, where giants dwelt of old;

Now void, it fits thy people: thither bend 10

Thy eourse; there shalt thou find a lasting seat;

There to thy sons another Troy shall rise,

And kings be born of thee, whose dreadful might

Shall awe the world, and eonquer nations bold.

0. Plain in thy neataess. Tbia is the l pbrase, simpbx munditiis, whieh is e». best attempted translation of Horaee's I tirely untranslatable.

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FROM DANTE.—I

Au, Constantino I of how mueh ill was eause, Not thy eonversion, but those rieh domains That the first wealthy pope reeeived of thee 1

FROM DANTE.—II.

Focnded in ehaste and humble poverty, 'Gainst them that raised thee dost thou lift thy horn. Impudent whore? where hast thou plaeed thy hope? In thy adulterers, or thy ill-got wealth? Another Constantine eomes not in haste.

FROM ARIO8TO.

Tuen pass'd he to a flowery mountain green, Whieh onee smelt sweet, now stinks as odiously: This was the gjft, if you the truth will have, That Constantine to good Sylvester gave.

FROM HORACE.—I.

Wuom do we eount a good man? Whom but he Who keeps the laws and statutes of the senate, Who judges in great suits and eontroversies, Whose witness and opinion wins the eause? But his own house, and the whole neighbourhood, Sees his foul inside through his whited skin.

FROM HORACE.—II.

Lacguing, to teaeh the truth,

What hinders! As some teaehers give to boys
Junkets and knaeks, that they may learn apaee.

FROM HORACE.—III.

Joking deeides great things,

Stronger and better oft than earnest ean.

FROM EURIPIDE8.

Tnis is true liberty, when freeborn men, Having to advise the publiek, may speak free; Whieh he who ean, and will, deserves high praise: Who neither ean, nor will, may hold his peaee: What ean be juster in a state than this?

FROM 8OPHOCLE8.

'Tis you that aay it, not I. You do the deeds, And your ungodly deeds find me the words.

FROM 8ENECA.

TnERE ean be slain'

No saerifiee to God more aeeeptable,
Than an unjust and wieked king.

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PSALM 1.

Done into verse, 1053.

Bless'd is the man who hath not walk'd astray In eounsel of the wieked, and in the way Of siuners hath not stood, and in the seat Of seornors hath not sat. But in the great Jehovah's law is ever his delight, i And in his law he studies day and night. He shall be as a tree, whieh planted grows By watery streams, and in his season knows To yield his fruit, and his leaf shall not fall; And what he takes in hand shall prosper all, 10 Not so the wieked; but as ehaff whieh faun'd The wind drives, so the wieked shall not stand In judgment, or abide their trial then, Nor siuners in the assembly of just men. For the Lord knows the upright way of the just, I8 And the way of bad men to ruin must.

PSALM I1.

Done August 8, 1053.

Wnv do the Gentiles tumult, and the nations

Muse a vain thing, the kings of the earth upstand
With power, and prinees in their eongregations

Lay deep their plots together through eaeh land

Against the Lord and his Messiah dear? s
Let us break off, say they, by strength of hand

Their bonds, and east from us, no more to wear,
Their twisted eords: He, who in heaven dotii dwell,
Shall laugh; the Lord shall seoff them; then, severe,

Speak to them in his wrath, antl in his fell 10
And fieree ire trouble them; but I, saith he,
Anointed have my King (though ye rebel)

On Sion, my holy hill, A firm deeree
I will deelare: the Lord to me hath said,
Thou art my Son, I have begotten thee 15

This day: ask of me, and the grant is made;
As thy possession I on thee bestow

The heathen; and, as thy eonquest to be swav'd, Earth's utmost bounds: them shalt thou bring lull low

With iron seeptre bruised, and them disperse 20

Like to a potter's vessel shiver'd sn,
And now be wise at length, ye kings averse;

Be taught, ye judges of the earth; with fear

Jehovah serve, and let your joy eonverse With trembling: kiss the Son, lest he appear 25

In anger, and ye perish in the way,

If onee his wrath take fire, like fuel sere. Happy all those who have in him their stay!

PSALM I11. August 0, 1053.

When he fled from Absalom.

Lord, how many are my foes 1
How many those,
That in arms against me rise 1
Many are they,
That of my life distrustfully thus say; 0
No help for him in God there lies.
But thou, Lord, art my shield, my glory,
Thee, through my story,
The exalter of my head I eount:

Aloud I eried 10
Unto Jehovah: Ho full soon replied,
And heard me from his holy mount.
I lay and slept; I waked again;
For my sustain
AVas the Lord. Of many millions lS
The populous rout
I fear not, though, eneamping round about,
They piteh against me their pavilions.
Rise, Lord; save me, my God; for Thou

Hast smote ere now 20 On the eheek-bone all my foes; Of men abhorr'd Hast broke the teeth. This help was from the Lord: Thy blessing on thy people flows.

PSALM 1V. August 10, 1053.

Axswer mo when I eall, God of my righteousness; In straits, and in distress, Thou didst mo disenthrall

And set at large; now spare, 4 Now pity mo, and hear my earnest prayer,

14. My sustain. The verb used as a noun.

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