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absolutely, but in the maintenance and pursuing thereof. . If therefore no man else was ever so mad, as to claim from hence an impunity from all justice, why should any for the king, whose life, by other articles of the same covenant, was forfeit? Nay if common sense had not led us to such a clear interpretation, the Scots commilfioners themselves might boast to have been our first teachers: who, when they drew to the malignance which brought forth that perfidious last year's irruption against all the bands of covenant or christian neighbourhood, making their hollow plea the defence of his majesty's person, they were constrained by their own guiltiness, to leave out that following morsel that would have choked them, “the preservation and defence of true religion and our liberties.” And questionless in the preservation of these we are bound as well, both by the covenant, and before the covenant, to preserve and defend the person of any private man, as the person and authority of any inferior magistrate: so that this article, objected with such vehemence against us, contains not an exception of the king's person, and authority, to do by privilege what wickedness he list, and be defended as some fancy, but an express teftification of our loyalty; and the plain words without wresting will bear as much, that we had no thoughts against his person, or just power, provided they might consist with the preservation and defence of true religion and our liberties. But to these how hazardous his life was, will be needless to repeat so often. It may fuffice, that, while he was in custody, where we expected his repentance, his remorse at last, and compallion of all the innocent blood fhed already, and hereafter likely to be shed for his mere wilfulness, he made no other use of our continual forbearance, our humblest petitions and obtestations at his feet, but to fit contriving and fomenting new plots against us, and, as his own phrase was, “playing his own game" upon the miseries of his people: of which we desire no other view at present than these articles of peace with the rebels, and the rare game likely to ensue from such a caft of his cards. And then let men reflect a little upon the flanders and reviles of these wretched priefts, and judge what modesty,


what truth, what conscience, what any thing fit for minifters, or we might say reasonable men, can harbour in them. For what they began in Thamelessness and malice, they conclude in frenzy: throwing out a sudden rhapfody of proverbs quite from the purpose; and with as much comeliness as when Saul prophesied. For cafting off, as he did his garments, all modefty and meekness wherewith the language of minifters ought to be clothed, especially to their supreme magistrate, they talk at random of “ fervants raging, fervants riding, and wonder how the carth can bear them.” Either thefe men imagine themselves to be marvelously high set and exalted in the chair of Belfast, to vouchsafe the parliament of England no better style than servants, or else their high notion, which we rather believe, falls as low as court-parasitism; fuppofing all men to be servants but the king. And then all their pains taken to seem so wise in proverbing serve but to conclude them downright Naves: and the edge of their own proverb falls reverse upon themselves. For as “delight is not seemly for fools,” much less high words to come from base minds. What they are for ministers, or how they crept into the fold, whether at the window, or through the wall, or who set them there fo haughty in the pontifical fee of Belfast, we know not. But this we rather have cause to wonder, if the earth can bear this insufferable infolency of upstarts; who, from a ground which is not their own, dare fend fuch defiance to the sovereign magistracy of England, by whofe authority and in whose right they inhabit there. By their actions we might rather judge them to be a generation of highland thieves and redfhanks, who being neighbourly admitted, not as the Saxons by merit of their warfare against our enemies, but by the courtesy of England, to hold possessions in our province, a country better than their own, have, with worse faith than those heathen, proved ingrateful and treacherous guests to their best friends and entertainers. And let them take heed, left while their silence as to these matters might have kept them blameless and secure under those proceedings which they fo feared to partake in, that these their treafonous


attempts and practices have not involved them in a far worse guilt of rebellion; and (notwithstanding that fair dehortatory from joining with malignants) in the appearance of a cointerest and partaking with the Irish rebels: against whom, though by themselves pronounced to be the enemies of God, they go not out to battle, as they ought, but rather by these their doings affift and become affociates!

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Published from the Author's Second Edition, printed in 1650.




Showing the transcendent Excellency of Milton's Prose Works.

To which is added,

An ORIGINAL LETTER TO MILTON, Qever before published.

Morpheus, on thy dewy wing
Such fair auspicious visions bring,
As south'd great Milton's injur'd age,
When in prophetic dreams he saw
The Tribes unborn with pious awo
Imbibe each virtue from his heavenly page.



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