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This was the gift, if you the truth will have,
WHOM do we count a good man? Whom but he
THE power that did create can change the scene
ALL barbarous people and their princes too,
The very wandering Scythians do.
Let wars and tumults ever cease.
THE worst of poets I myself declare,
ABSTAIN, as manhood you esteem,
THIS is true liberty, when freeborn men
No eastern nation ever did adore
The majesty of sovereign princes more.
AND Britons interwove held the purple hangings.
LAUGHING, to teach the truth,
What hinders? As some teachers give to boys
JOKING decides great things. Stronger and better oft than earnest can.
IN silence now and with attention wait,
GLAUCUS, In Lycia we're ador'd as gods,
What makes 'twixt us and others so great odds?
EPIGRAM ON SALMASIUS'S HUNDREDA.
WHO taught Salmasius, that French chattering
ON THE NEW FORCERS OF CONSCIENCE UNDER THE LONG PARLIAMENT.*
have thrown off your Prelate Lord, And with stiff vows renounced his Liturgy, To seize the widow'd whore Plurality From them whose sin ye envied, not abhorr'd, Dare
ye for this adjure the civil sword
To force our consciences that Christ set free, And ride us with a classic hierarchy
The note of Warton on this sonnet appears to me to be extremely unjust and severe. Milton denoted his indigna tion against the Presbyterians because they had deserted their own principles, continued many of the supposed abuses, and usurped much of the power of the church which they had overthrown in fact, the new Presbyter was more tyrannical than the old priest.
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, Must now be nam'd and printed Heretics By shallow Edwards and Scotch what d'ye call: But we do hope to find out all your tricks, Your plots and packing worse than those of Trent, That so the Parliament
May with their wholesome and preventive shears Clip your phylacteries, though bauk your ears, And succour our just fears, When they shall read this clearly in your charge, New Presbyter is but Old Priest writ large.
A. S.] A polemical writer of the times, named 'Adam Steuart.' See the notes of Warton and Todd. Rotherford was one of the Chief Commissioners of the Church of Scotland; also sat with the Assembly at Westminster. He was Professor of Divinity in the University of St. Andrew's; wrote many Calvinistic tracts; and was an avowed enemy of the Independents. T. Edwards had attacked Milton's Plan of Independency in his Antapologia, 1644. On Rotherford. See Heber's Life of I. Taylor, ii. 203.
17 Clip] In the MS. the lines stand thus:
Crop ye as close as marginal P
17 bauk] i. e. spare.
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