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No fooner got the start, to lurch
Both difciplines of War and Church,
And Providence enough to run
The chief commanders of them down,
The common enemy o' th' Saints,
"meant more than one: he bids us "be fubject to "the higher powers," that is, the Council of State, "the House of Commons, and the Army." Ib. p. 3.
When in the Humble Petition there was inferted an article against public preachers being members of Parliament, Oliver Cromwell excepted against it exprefsly; "Because he (he faid) was one, and divers officers of "the army, by whom much good had been done"and therefore defired they would explain their ar"ticle." (Heath's Chronicle, p. 408.)
Ib.] Sir Roger L'Eftrange obferves (Reflection upon Poggius's Fable of the Hufband, Wife, and Ghoftly Father, part I. fab. 357.) upon the pretended faints of thofe times, "That they did not fet one ftep, in the "whole tract of this iniquity, without feeking the "Lord first, and going up to enquire of the Lord,
according to the cant of thofe days; which was no "other than to make God the author of fin, and to "impute the blackest practices of hell to the infpira“tion of the Holy Ghost."
It was with this pretext, of feeking the Lord in prayer, that Cromwell, Ireton, Harrifon, and others of the Regicides, cajoled General Fairfax, who was determined to rescue the King from execution, giving orders to have it speedily done: and, when they had notice that it was over, they perfuaded the General that this was a full return of prayer; and, God having fo manifefted his pleasure, they ought to acquiefce in it. (Perenchief's Life of King Charles I.)
Who 'ad compass'd all they pray'd, and swore,
And fought, and preach'd, and plunder'd for,
To botch up what they 'ad torn and rent,
For as two cheats, that play one game,
And own'd the right they had paid down
Ver. 163.] What a lafting monument of fame has our Poet raised to the Royalifts! What merited praises does he bestow on their unfhaken faith and loyalty! How happily does he applaud their conftancy and fufferings! If any thing can be a compenfation to thofe of that party, who met with unworthy difregard and neglect after the Restoration, it must be this neverdying eulogy. Butler, alas! was one of that unfor tunate number.
But when thefe Brethren in evil,
That, like the Chriftian faith, increaft
Whom neither chains, nor tranfportation,
Nor all the defperate events
Of former try'd experiments,
Nor wounds, could terrify, nor mangling,
Ver. 201, 202.] The brave spirit of loyalty was not to be fuppreffed by the most barbarous and inhuman ufage. There are feveral remarkable inftances upon
Nor Death (with all his bones) affright
record; as that of the gallant Marquis of Montrofe, the loyal Mr. Gerrard, and Mr. Vowel, in 1654; of Mr. Penruddock, Grove, and others, who fuffered for their loyalty at Exeter, 1654-5; of Capt. Reynolds, who had been of the King's party, and, when he was going to be turned off the ladder, cried, God bless King Charles; Vive le Roy; of Dalgelly, one of Montrofe's party, who being fentenced to be beheaded, and being brought to the fcaffold, ran and kissed it; and, without any fpeech or ceremony, laid down his head upon the block, and was beheaded; of the brave Sir Robert Spotifwood; of Mr. Courtney, and Mr. Portman, who were committed to the Tower the beginning of February 1657, for difperfing among the foldiers what were then called feditious books and pamphlets.
Nor ought the loyalty of the fix counties of North Wales to be paffed over in filence, who never addreffed or petitioned during the Ufurpation; nor the common foldier mentioned in the Oxford Diurnal, firk Week, p. 6. See more in the ftory of the Impertinent Sheriff, L'Eftrange's Fables, part II. fab. 265. Mr. Butler, or Mr. Prynne, fpeaking of the gallant behaviour of the Loyalifts, fays, " Other nations would have cano"nized for martyrs, and erected ftatues after their "death, to the memory of fome of our compatriots, "whom ye have barbarously defaced and mangled, yet alive, for no other motive than their undaunted zeal."