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it that he did it in the defence of his owi The Bible. Sir Thomas More's Opinion.
master, and the most innocent man that WHERE as many thynges be layde ever was. And unto this they lay, that against it, yet is there in my mynde not syth the time that Christen men first fell to one thyng that more putteth good men of fyghting, it hath never encreased, but alway the clergy in doubte to suffre it, than this mynyshed and decayed. So that at this that they se somtyme moche of the worse day the Turk hath estrayted us very nere, sorte more fervent in the callyng for it, than and brought it within a right narrow comthem whom we fynde far better. Which pass, and narrower shall do, say they, as maketh them to fere lest suche men desyre long as we go about to defend Crystendome it for no good, and lest if it were had in by the sword: which, they say, sholde be every mannes hande, there wold grete pa- as it was in the beginning encreased, so be rell aryse, and that sedycyous peopl sholde contynued and preserved, only by pacyence do more harme therwith, than good and and martyrdome.”—SIR Thomas More's honest folke sholde take fruyte thereby. Dialoge, ff. 145. Which fere I promyse you nothynge fereth me; but that who so ever wolde of theyr malyce or foly take harme of that thynge Readiness of Belief in the Reformed People. that is of itselfe ordeyned to do all men
“ SURELY for the most part such as be good, I wold never for the avoydynge of ledde out of the ryght way, do rather fall theyr harme, take frome other the profyte thereto of a lewde lyghtnesse of theyr owne whiche they myght take, and nothynge de- mynde, than for any grete thynge that serve to lese. For els, yf the abuse of a moveth theym in theyr mayster that techeth good thynge sholde cause the takynge awaye theym. For we se theym as redy to by. therof from other that wolde use it well, leve a purser, a glover, or a wever, that Cryst sholde hymself never have been borne, nothynge can do but scantely rede Ennor brought his fayth into the worlde, nor God sholde never have made it neyther, yf | wysest and the best lerned doctor in the
glysshe, as well as they wolde byleve the he sholde for the losse of those that wolde realme."-SIR THOMAS More's Dialoge, ff. be dampned wretches, have kept away
147. occasyon of rewarde from them that wolde with helpe of his grace, endevoure them to
Sectaries at Chelmsford. deserve it."-SiR THOMAS MORE's Dialoge, ff. 114-5.
" THERE was but one church at Chelmsford, the Parishioners were so many that
there were 2000 communicants, and Dr. Luther's Declaration against War.
Michelson the Parson was an able and “ LUTHER and his followers among their godly man. Before this parliament was other heresies hold for a plain conclusion, called of this numerous congregation there that it is not lefull for any Crysten man to was not one to be named, man or woman, fight against the Turk, or to make against that boggled at the Common Prayers, or him any resystance though he come into refused to receive the sacrament kneeling, Crystendome with a great army, and la- the posture which the Church of England bour to destroy all. For they say that all (walking in the footsteps of venerable anCrysten men are bounden to the coun- tiquity) hath by act of Parliament enjoined sayle of Cryst, by whiche they saye that all those which account it their happiness we be forboden to defende ourselfe; and to be called her children. But since this that St. Peter was reproved of our Savy- magnified reformation was set on foot this our when he strake of Małchus ere, all be town (as indeed most Corporations, as we
find by experience, are nurseries of faction, and their Precise and Holy Ones, are all
These may be more truly than Gorran his
Postills termed aurea fundamenta, which
they go about to overthrow and cast down,
and when they have done it, no place re-
Testimony of our own Lives to the Spirit.
“ If the Spirit be obeyed, if it reigns in
Covenant and the Number 666.
sists of six articles, and those articles of he said, recurred to his head, though he was 666 words. This is not the first time that not much led, he said, by worldly prophepersecution hath risen in England upon six cies : namely this, articles. Witness those in the reign of “ Fæmina morte cadet, postquam terram mala king Henry VIII. But as for the number
tangent." of the Beast, to answer directly to the words of those six articles, it is a thing which
Hereby hinting his fears of the Queen's life, (considering God's blessed Providence in
occasioned by those that now so neglected every particular thing) hath made many of
her authority, (he was speaking of the secus and others seriously and often to reflect
taries;) and his apprehensions of formidable upon it, though we were never so superstiti- | evils that might fall upon the nation afterously caballistical as to ascribe much to |
ward. numbers. This discovery, we confess, was
“This old prophecy," continues Strype, not made by any of us, but by a very ju
“ (whereof the Archbishop repeated only dicious and worthy divine (M. Geast) for
| the first verse, and had it seems some weight merly of our university, and then a pri
| with it in those times, among the better soner (for his conscience) within the pre
sort that dreaded the issue of the Queens
death,) I have met with in the Cotton Licincts of it, and not yet restored to his liberty, but removed to London. And
brary, as pretending some disaster to befall therefore we shall forbear to insist any far
the Queen, and the invasion and conquest ther, either upon it, or the occasion of it.”—
of the kingdom by the king of Spain, or p. 24.
some other king. They are an hexastich of old rhiming verses, with an old transla
tion of them into English: as follow. Presbyterians win the Women. MADAM," says JEREMY TAYLOR (vol. 9. |
Fæmina morte cadet, postquam terram mala
tangent. 314) in a Dedication to the Countess Dow- | Trans vada rex veniet; postquam populi ager of Devonshire, “I know the arts of |
cito plangent. these men; and they often put me in mind
Trans freta tendentes, nil proficiendo laof what was told me by Mr. Sackville,
borant the late Earl of Dorset's uncle; that the
Gentes, deplorent illustres morte cadentes. cunning sects of the world (he named the
Ecce repentina validos mors atque ruina Jesuits and the Presbyterians) did more
Tollet, prosternet, nec Gens tua talia cernet. prevail by whispering to ladies, than all the church of England and the more sober The translation followeth. Protestants could do by fine, force and
The common stroke of death shall stop a strength of argument. For they, by pre womans breath. judice or fears, terrible things and zealous | Great grief shall then ensue; and battle nothings, confident sayings and little sto
gin to brew. ries, governing the ladies consciences, who | A king shall oer the stream. The people can persuade their lords, their lords will of this Reame convert their tenants, and so the world is Shall then complayne and mourne, and all all their own."
in dueyl sojourne. The saylers ore the flood shall do them
selves no good. Prophecy against Elizabeth.
Ne profyt, nor yet avayl, when Death doth ARCHBISHOP PARKER concluded the last them assayl, letter which he ever wrote to Burleigh, The sore stroke repentine of Death and “ with an old prophetic verse, that often as great ruine.
The stalworthy men of strength shall lye life she now gives is the exuding from her down at the length
sickly trunk a number of deformed funIn field and eke in strete. Thy Folk yet gus's, which call themselves of her, because shall not see't."
they stick upon her surface, and suck out Life of Archbishop Parker, p. 493. the little remains of her sap and spirits.”—
WARBURTON, Introduction to Julian. Degeneracy of Theological Studies in Warburton's Age.
Alliance between Church and State. “ THE system of man, that is of ethics and theology, received almost as many im
“ IF," says WARBURTON, “ the reader provements from the English divine, dur- should ask where this charter, or treaty of ing the course of the Reformation, as the convention for the union of the two sociesystem of nature, amongst the same people ties, on the terms here delivered, is to be hath done since. It would have received found? we aré enabled to give him a satismore, but for the evil influence which the factory answer. It may be found, we say, corrupt and mistaken politics of those times in the same archive with the famous ORIGIhave had upon it. For politics have ever
NAL COMPACT between magistrate and peohad fixed effects on science. And this is ple, so much insisted on, in vindication of natural. What is strange in the story is the common rights of subjects. Now when that these studies gradually decay und eran
a sight of this compact hath been required improved constitution. Insomuch that there of the defenders of civil liberty, they held is now neither force enough in the public it sufficient to say, that it is enough for all genius to emulate their forefathers, nor the purposes of fact and right, that such sense enough to understand the use of their original compact is the only legitimate discoveries. It would be an invidious task foundation of civil society; that if there to enquire into the causes of this degene
were no such thing formally executed, there racy. It is sufficient, for our humiliation, was virtually; that all differences between that we feel the effects. Not that we must magistrate and people ought to be regusuppose, there was nothing to dishonour lated on the supposition of such a compact, the happier times which went before: there and all government reduced to the princiwere too many; but then the mischiefs were ples therein laid down ; for that the hapwell repaired by the abundance of the sur piness of which civil society is productive, rounding blessings. This Church, like a
can only be attained by it, when formed on fair and vigorous tree, once teemed with the those principles. Now something like this richest and noblest burthen. And though, we say of our Alliance between Church together with its best fruits, it pushed out and State."-Vol. 4, p. 140. some hurtful suckers, receding every way from the mother plant; crooked and misshapen if you will, and obscuring and
Elton Hammond's Belief! eclipsing the beauty of its stem ; yet still . “ I BELIEVE
that man requires
religion. I there was something in their height and believe that there is no true religion now verdure which bespoke the generosity of existing. I believe that there will be one. the stock they rose from. She is now seen It will not, after 1800 years of existence, under all the marks of a total decay: her be of questionable truth and utility, but top scorched and blasted, her chief branches perhaps in eighteen years be entirely spread bare and barren, and nothing remaining of over the earth, an effectual remedy for all that comeliness which once invited the whole human suffering, and a source of perpetual continent to her shade. The chief sign of joy. It will not need immense learning to
be understood. It will be subject to no controversy.-E. H.”
Effect of the War in making Good People
willing to give up any thing for Peace. Safety only in Peter's Ship.
“All our delays and difficulties may prove
the Lord's method to fetch off people's spi“ Extra enim Petri naviculum perseve- rits, to close more fully with his own work. rantes, cito submergunt: ipsius vero duc. The business of Church Reformation stuck tu atque vehiculo homines perveniunt ad here most of all, even in the reluctancy of portum salutis. Tutius profecto est na- the peoples minds against it, and their invigare quam natare ; duci a nautis peritissi- disposedness to comply with it, as in good mis
, quam poni solitarie inter maris pro- Jehosophat's days. The high places were cellas et aquarum undas." — BALTHASAR, not taken away, for as yet the people had Contra Bohemorum Errores. 1494.
not prepared their hearts unto the God of
their Father. Our Temple-work was no Presbyterian Exultations.-1644. more forward, because the hearts of the
most of England have been so backward to “ By the good hand of our God upon us, it. Behold here the admirable providence there is a beautiful fabric of his House of God, how he hath improved the length(as near as we can according to the Aposening of our Troubles! Hereby he hath by tolical pattern) preparing amongst us; and little and little moulded people's spirits to some such things as are already done to
a more pliable disposition, and made many wards it, as will be of singular concernment much more ready to concur in the building both in reference to the honour of the Lord of the Temple, in the advancing of Reforhimself, and also to the comfort of the In
mation. habitants. Instead of the High Commission,
“When the wars began, thousands in Engwhich was a sore scourge to many godly land who in a humour would have taken up and faithful ministers, we have an honour
arms to fight for the Prelacy and the Service able Committee, that turns the wheel upon Book, have been so hammered and hewed such as are scandalous and unworthy. In by the continuance of God's judgements the room of Jeroboam's Priests
, burning and upon us, that now they are come to this, shining lights are multiplied, in some dark Let the Parliament and Assembly do what they places of the land, which were full of the will with Prelacy and Liturgy, so the sword habitations of cruelty. In the place of a may be sheathed. Now truth shall be wellong Liturgy, we are in hope of a pithy
come so they may have Peace.—The Lord Directory. Instead of prelatical Rails about hath hereby facilitated the rebuilding of his the table, we have the Scripture Rails of
own house. There are wise men who think Church Discipline in good forwardness. Where Popish Altars and Crucifixes did had not God raised the spirits of our Re
our Reformation would have been very low, abound, we begin to see more of Christ formers by the length of these multiplied crucified in the simplicity and purity of his Troubles.”—Hill's Sermon. 1644. ordinances. Instead of the Prelates Oath, to establish their own exorbitant power Exultation at this, and Call for clearing away with the appurtenances, we have a Solemn
all Rubbish. Covenant with God, engaging us to endeavour Reformation, according to his Word, “ You read in Isaiah, Before Zion shall yea, and the extirpation of Popery, and Pre- be redeemed with judgement, he will purely lacy itself. Who could expect that such purge away her dross, and take away all her great matters should be easily and suddenly tin. Here was much dross in England, effected ?"-HILL's Sermon. 1644.
both of persons and things. Wonder not