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tom of our hearts, with the fervent love and good works of our martyred ancestors; or their life, doctrine, and death will rise up in judgment against us, and God will yet suffer their and our enemies to swallow us up quick. And be assured, as looseness and debauchery were designed by the Papists, as a state-trick, to dispose the minds of the people to receive, or at least suffer Popery, that, to say true, cannot live with better company; so the discouragement of it, and cherishing of all virtuous persons, with a serious and hearty prosecution of the fore-mentioned proposals, will stop, and in time wear it out of the kingdom; for Popery fears nothing more than light, inquiry, and sober living. Hear us, we beseech you, for Jesus Christ's sake; take heart, we will never leave you, do not you leave us; provide for the king, provide for the people; for God alone knows, when we lie down, if we shall ever rise, or, when we go forth, if we shall ever return. Remember the massacre of Paris, in which so many thousands fell, and, with them, that brave admiral, Coligni: Infamy enough, one would think, to shame the party, did they know such a thing; but, instead of that, it was meritorious, yea, it is a subject of triumph: Look into the Vatican at Rome, and, among the other rare feats performed by christian kings against infidels, this massacre of Paris, now about an hundred years old, is to be found; and so careful was the designer to do it to the life, that he has not omitted to shew us, how the noble admiral was flung dead out of the window into the street, to be used as people use cats and dogs in Protestant countries, but good enough for an heretick, whom the worse they use, the better they are. But, to shew they own the plot, and glory in the action, for fear one not read in the story should take Coligni for Jezabel, they have gallantly explained the action upon the piece, and writ his name at large.
But there is a cruelty nearer home, no less barbarous, the Irish massacre, in 1641 ; nay, it exceeded, First, in number; there were above three-hundred thousand murdered. Next, in that no age or sex was spared; and, lastly, in the manner of it. It was general throughout the kingdom; and, as they were more savage, so more cruel; they spared not either sick, or lying-in women; they killed poor infants, and innocent children, tossing some upon their swords, skeens, and other instruments of cruelty; flinging others into rivers, and, taking several by the legs, dashed their brains out against walls or rocks. O Lord God, avenge this innocent blood; it still cries. But, that these actors of this tragedy, or their bloody-minded offspring, should swarm in England, be pensioners here, as if they were the old soldiers of the queen, men of eighty-eight, cripples of loyalty, laid up for their good services, and St. James's their hospital, this scandalises us. We think them the worst cattle of their country, and pray, that there may be an exchange, that you would prohibit their importation, instead of more useful beasts. For the bloody massacre of Piedmont, you have it at large described by Sir Samuel Morland.
Bnt we must never forget the horrid murder of Henry the Third and of Henry the Fourth of France, our king's renowned grandfather And would to God our king would consider, that all his humanity to them can never secure him from their stroke; they were both better Catholicks, and yet both assassinated: The first a bred Papist, yet because he would not murder all the Hugonotsor Protestants of his kingdom, and his known best subjects, they did as much for him: The last was their convert, all they seemed to desire of him, and all they can expect from our king, yet how did they use him? They did twice assassinate him, and the last time killed him. What se. curity then can any prince promise to himself from men, that make not the profession of the same religion a protection to them that own it, but upon humours or suspicions of their own, or to introduce another person or family, more immediately under their influence, and disposed to their turn, will make no scruple of killing him? What slaves are kings with such men, and under such a religion? Let not the mildness of our prince be thus abused; shew yourselves his great and best council in this conjuncture, and deliver him from these men of ingratitude: Men that will never be contented, but with that which they must not have; of such qualifications, that what may be esteemed ambition, revenge, or, interest, in all other parties, is a settled principle with them. This their greatest doctors tell us, and to excite men in the pursuit of it, they declare all such acts more than ordinarily meritorious. But what hold can we have of such men, that have no conscience? This conclusion looks hard, and besides their practice, for if that were always to cast the scale, it would go hard with many Protestants too; it is their avowed doctrine, they glory in it, and make it our reproach to have any such thing. I say, that Papists have no conscience, or no use of con. science in their religion, which is the same thing; for what is conscience, but the judgment a man makes in himself of religious matters, according to the knowledge given him of God; but this is out of doors with them, it is heresy; authority rules them, not truth; as if a man were to be credited for his age, not for his reason. Conscience is a domestick and private judge, dangerous to the chair, the Pope; for it rather hinders than helps subjection; the less there be of it, the sooner men turn captives to their mysteries: So that putting out the eyes of our mind, and a blind before our understanding, best fit us for Popish religion; as if religion had not so great an enemy as reason; nor faith as knowledge. It is strange, that a man cannot be a Papist, without renouncing the only distinction of a man from a beast: Therefore it is, we pray to be secured from Papists, because at best they unman us, and are not their own men. It is true, as Protestants do not always live up to their good principles, neither do Papists to their bad ones: Breeding, good humour, generosity, and a better principle they know not of, may byass some of them to worthy things, but this is not according to their principles; for if they will be true to them, they must abandon choice, and obey their superior, right or wrong, and every immorality he commands is duty, upon damnation; the more contrary to their reason, and averse to their nature, the greater the merit. Hesitation Vol. Ix. C c
is weakness; dissent, schism; opposition, heresy; the consequence, burning.
From this religion, O Lord God, deliver us; O king and par. liament, protect us: It is your duty to God, and your obligation to the people. We beseech you, excuse us, and take all in good part; our fears are great, we fear justly, and our desires reasonable; remember our dreadful fires, consider this horrid plot, and think upon poor, yet worthy, Sir Edmundbury Godfry; let not God's providence, and his blood, rise up in judgment against you; God of his great mercy animate you by his power, and direct you by his wisdom, that the succession of his deliverances, from Queen Elisabeth's days, may not be forgotten, nor his present mercy slighted; let us do our duty, and God will give us that blessing, which will yet make England a glorious kingdom, the joy of her friends, and terror of her enemies, which is the fervent and constant prayers of yours, dec.
PREPARATION FOR A TRIAL. Printed for W. Cademan, 1689. Folio, containing two pages.
As the long imprisonment of George, Lord Jefferies, the High Chancellor of England, has given him ample leisure for a full and serious consideration of his state, his examination of his fatal circumstances, and preparation for his trial, with all other necessary and due reflexions, previous as well to the appearance not only before so great a tribunal here, but also a greater and more terrible one to come, have induced him to this timely provision of his last Will and Testament.
XN the name of ambition, the only God of our setting up and worshiping, together with cruelty, treachery, perjury, pride, insolence, &c. his ever-adored angels and archangels, cloven-footed, or otherwise. Amen.
I George, sometimes Lord, but always Jefferies, being in intire bodily health (my once great heart, at present dwindled to the diminutive dimensions of a French bean, only excepted) and in sound and perfect memory of high commissions, quo warranto's, regulations, dispensations, pillorisations, ilogg&tions, gibbetations, barbarity, butchery, tyranny, together with the bonds and ties of right, justice, equity, law, and gospel; as also those of liberty, property, Magna Charta, &c. not only at divers and sundry, but at all times, by me, religiously broken: and, being reminded by a halter before me, and my sins behind me, do make my last will and testament in manner and form following i
Imprimis, Because it has always been the modish departure of great men, and greater sinners, to leave some legacy to pious uses, I give and bequeath one-thousand pounds towards the building of a shrine and a chapel to St. Coleman, for the particular devotion of a late very great English zealot, for whose glory I farther order my executors to bear half charges in inserting and registering the sacred papers and memoirs of the said saint, in those divine legends,' The Lives of the Saints,' by the hand of his reverend, and no less industrious, successor Father Peters; that so the never-dying renown of the long-swore meritorious, though unfortunate, vengeance against the northern heresy, (in which once hopeful vineyard I have been no small labourer) may be transmitted to posterity by so pious a recorder.
Item, As a legacy to her late consort-majesty of Great-Britain, my sometimes royal patroness, I do bequeath two-thousand crowns to holy mother church, to purchase, through his holiness, and the good lady of Loretto's intercession, the same benediction to the French waters of Spa, they once vouchsafed to the English ones of Bath, to give her majesty the conception of a Duke of York to her Prince of Wales; humbly, with my dying breath, requesting, for the future silencing of malice, and confutation of infidelity, that her said majesty would, in due prudence, graciously please to select out, for her next labour, but half as able witnesses, and reeking spectators of her delivery, as myself, there being, in her late case, no person in the world a more experimentally substantial evidence of a male child born of the body of a queen, at full growth at eight months, when it is so notoriously known, that my own first female child, of my wife's, was at the like full growth born at five months.
Item, In tenderness and hearty good-will to my sometime friends and allies on the other side the herring-pond, I think fit, as a small mite to the great cause, to order my executors, out of my late sonin-law's estate, saved by my own Chancery decree from the Salisbury creditors, as much money to be remitted over to the true and trusty Tyrconnel, as will purchase new liveries of the best Irish frize, con. pletely to rig a whole regiment of his new-raised Teagues; as also the like quantity for the rigging of another regiment of French dragoons, now sending over to his excellency's succour; his Gallick majesty having long since ordered the edict of Nants, and all other the parliamentary heretick-records of France to be given them gratis, to make them taylors measures of, in imitation of the English Magna Charta, sometime since designed for the same use.
But, above all, to take care for my own decent funeral, lest my executors, to save the charges of Christian burial, should drop me under ground, as slovenly as my old great master, at Westminster, I think fit to order the rites and ceremonies of my obsequies as follow;:
Imprimis, I desire that my funeral anthems be all set to the tune of old Lilliburlero, that never to be forgotten Irish Shiboleth, in commemoration not only of two-hundred-thousand hereticks, that formerly danced off to the said musical notes, but also of the second part to the same tune, lately designing, setting, and composing by a great master of mine, and myself. The said anthem to be sung by a train of seven or eight-hundred of my own making in the west; who, in their native rags, a livery likewise of my own donation, as a dress fitttest for the sad cavalcade, will, I am assured, be no way wanting in their readiest and ablest melody, suitable to the occasion.
Item, I order two hundred Jacobus's to be laid out in myrrh, frankincense, and other necessary perfumes, to be burnt at my funeral, to sweeten, if possible, some little stink I may, probably, leave behind me.
Item, I order an ell and a half of fine cambrick to be cut out into handkerchiefs, for drying up all the wet eyes at my funeral, together with half a pint of burnt claret, for all the mourners in the kingdom.
Item, For the more decent interment of my remains, I will and require, for the re-cementing of my own unhappy politick head to my shoulders again (provided always I have the honour of the axe, as it is much questioned) that a present of a diamond ring be made to Madam Labadie, for the use of the same needle, and a skain of the same thread, once used on a very important occasion,for the quilting of a certain notable cushion of famous memory.
To conclude: For avoiding all Chancery suits about the disposal of my aforesaid legacies, that the contents of this my last will may be made publick, I order my executors to take care that this may be printed.
For Present Case Of England, see Vol. i. p. 41.
MERCENARY PARLIAMENTS *.
I. SEVERAL treatises have been formerly written, and more (I doubt not) will be in this juncture published, with directions and informations to the people of England for chusing fit and proper representatives for the ensuing parliament, wherein sufficient notice will be taken of the failures and defects of several who have already been
• Printed, anno KM. Quarto, containing eight paget.