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Shall burft its bag; and fighting out their way
The various venoms on each other prey.
The prefbyter puff'd up with spiritual pride,
Shall on the necks of the lewd nobles ride:
His brethren damn, the civil power defy;
And parcel out republic prelacy.

But short shall be his reign: his rigid yoke
And tyrant power will puny fects provoke ;
And frogs and toads, and all the tadpole train
Will croak to heaven for help, from this devouring crane.
The cut-throat fword and clamorous gown fhall jar,
In fharing their ill-gotten fpoils of war:

Chiefs fhall be grudg'd the part which they pretend;
Lords envy Lords, and friends with every friend
About their impious merit fhall contend.
The furly commons fhall refpe&t deny,
And juftle peérage out with property.
Their general either shall his truft betray,
And force the croud to arbitrary fway;
Or they fufpecting his ambitious aim,
In hate of Kings fhall caft anew the frame;
And thruft out Collatine that bore their name.
Thus inborn broils the factions would engage,
Or wars of exil'd heirs, or foreign rage,
Till halting vengeance overtook our age:
And our wild labours wearied into reft,
Reclin❜d us on a rightful monarch's breaft.

-Pudet hæc opprobria, vobis

Et dici potuiffe, & non potuiffe refelli.

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PREFACE.

A fo a title, and a name prefixed

from which the handling of fo ferious a fubject

would not be expected, may reafonably oblige the author to fay fomewhat in defence, both of himself and of his undertaking. In the first place, if it be objected to me that being a layman, 1 ought not to have concerned myself with fpeculations, which belong to the profeffion of divinity; I could anfwer, that perhaps laymen, with equal advantages of parts and knowledge, are not the moft incompetent judges of facred things; but in the due fenfe of my own weakness and want of learning I plead not this: I pretend not to make myfelf a judge of faith in others, but only to make a confeffion of my own. I lay no unhallowed hand upon the ark, but wait on it with the reverence that becomes me at a diftance. In the next place I will ingenuously confefs, that the helps I have used in this fmall treatife, were many of them taken from the works of our own reverend divines of the church of England; fo that the weapons with which I combat irreligion, are already confecrated; though I fuppofe they may be taken down as lawfully as the fword of Goliah was by David, when they are to be employed for the common caufe again the enemies of piety. I intend not by this to intitle them to any of my errors, which, yet I hope are only thofe of charity to mankind; and fuch as my own charity has caufed me to commit, that of others may more easily excufe. Being naturally inclined to fcepticifm in philofophy, I have no reafon to impofe my

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