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Ver. 78.] W. Prynnc, a voluminous writer,
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'The Independents (whose first station
No Ver. 118.] The officers and soldiers 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 sermon* in print, intituled, Cromawell's Learned, Devout, and Conscientious 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 sisters, 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 spoke of Kings, the question is, " Whether, by the higher powers, are meant kings or “ cummoners ? Truly, beloved, it is a very great
question among those that are learned : for may not
every one that can read observe, that aul speaks in " the plural num'er, bigher power's ? Now, had he “ meant subjectics to a king, he would have said, "« Let every soul te subject to the higher power," if
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“ meant more than one: he bids us “ be subject 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 intertèd an article against public preachers being members of Parliament, Oliver Cromwell excepted againit it expressly; « Because he (he faid) wis one, and divers otticers of “ the army, by whom much good had been done" and therefore desired they would explain their ar“ ticle.” (Heath's Chronicle, p. 408.)
"Ib. ] Sir Roger L'Estrange obferves (Reflection upon Poggius's Fable of the Husband, Wife, ani Gbp?ly Fatber, part I. fab. 357.) upon the pretended faints of those times, “ That they did not let one step, in the " whole tract of this iniquity, without seeking the “ Lord first, and going up to enquire of the Lord, “according to the cant of those days; which was no “ other than to make God the author of sin, and to “ impute the blackett practices of hell to the inspira“stion of the Holy Gholt."
It was with this pretext, of seeking the Lord in prayer, that Cromwell, Ireton, Harrison, and others of the Regicides, cajoled General Fairfax, who was determined to rescue the King from execution, giving orders to have it fpeedily done : and, when they had notice that it was over, they periuaded the General that this was a full return of prayer; and, God having fo manifested his pleasure, they ought to acquiefce in it. (Perencbief's Life of King Charles I.)