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And laid about as hot and brain-fick
That brought the lawyers in more fees
Till he who had no more to show
And glad to turn itinerant,
To troll and teach from town to town,
To ferve for any fect i' th' nation.
The Good old Caufe, which fome believe
To be the devil that tempted Eve
With knowledge, and does ftill invite
The world to mifchief with New Light,
Ver. 78.] W. Prynne, a voluminous writer.
Had ftore of money in her purfe,
The Independents (whofe firft ftation
The Saracen and Christian rid;
Were free of every fpiritual order,
To preach, and fight, and pray, and murder)
Ver. 118.] The officers and foldiers among the Independents got into pulpits, and preached and prayed as well as fought. Oliver Cromwell was fam'd for a preacher, and has a fermon* in print, intituled, Cromwell's Learned, Devout, and Confcientious Exercise, beld at Sir Peter Temple's in Lincoln's Inn-fields, upon Rom. xiii. 1. in which are the following flowers of rhetoric: Dearly beloved brethren and fifters, it is
true, this text is a malignant one; the wicked and "ungodly have abused it very much; but, thanks be "to God, it was to their own ruin.
"But now that I fpoke of Kings, the question is, "Whether, by the higher powers, are meant kings or "commoners? Truly, beloved, it is a very great question among thofe that are learned: for may not
every one that can read obferve, that Paul fpeaks in "the plural number, higher powers? Now, had he "meant fubjectic. to a king, he would have faid, "Let every foul be fubject to the higher power," if d meant one man; but by this you fee he 66 meant , however, is now well known to be an imN.
"meant more than one: he bids us "be fubject to "the higher powers," that is, the Council of State, "the Houfe 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 step, in the "whole tract of this iniquity, without fecking 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 Ghoft."
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 refcue the King from execution, giving orders to have it fpeedily 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 pleafure, they ought to acquiefce in it. (Perenchief's Life of King Charles I.)