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Thy course, there shalt thou find a lasting seat,
And kings be born of thee, whose dreadful might
AH Constantine, of how much ill was cause,
FOUNDED in chaste and humble poverty,
'Gainst them that rais'd thee dost thou lift thy horn,
THEN past he to a flow'ry mountain green, Which once smelt sweet, now stinks as odiously: This was the gift, if you the truth will have, That Constantine to good Sylvester gave.
WHOм do we count a good man? Whom but he Who keeps the laws and statutes of the senate,
Who judges in great suits and controversies,
THE power that did create can change the scene
ALL barbarous people and their princes too,
The very wandering Scythians do.
THE worst of poets I myself declare,
ABSTAIN, as manhood you esteem,
If but one moment there you stay,
THIS is true liberty, when freeborn men
What can be a juster in a state than this?
No eastern nation ever did adore
The majesty of sovereign princes more.
AND Britons interwove held the purple hangings.
LAUGHING, to teach the truth,
What hinders? As some teachers give to boys
JOKING decides great things,
Stronger and better oft than earnest can.
'TIS you that say it, not I. You do the deeds, And your ungodly deeds find me the words.
THERE can be slain
No sacrifice to God more acceptable,
IN silence now and with attention wait,
GLAUCUS, in Lycia we're ador'd as gods;
EPIGRAM ON SALMASIUS'S HUNDREDA.
WHO taught Salmasius, that French chattering pye
The starving rascal, flush'd with just a hundred
An outlaw'd king's last stock. A hundred more Would make him pimp for th' antichristian whore; And in Rome's praise employ his poison'd breath, Who threaten'd once to stink the pope to death.
ON THE NEW FORCERS OF CONSCIENCE UNDER THE LONG PARLIAMENT.*
BECAUSE you have thrown off your Prelate Lord,
From them whose sin ye envied, not abhorr'd,
To force our consciences that Christ set free,
The note of Warton on this sonnet appears to me to be extremely unjust and severe. Milton denoted his indignation against the Presbyterians because they had deserted their own principles, continued many of the supposed abuses, and usurped much of the power of the church which they had overthrown: in fact, the new Presbyter was more tyrannical than the old priest.
8 A. S.] A polemical writer of the times, named 'Adam Steuart.' See the notes of Warton and Todd. Rotherford was one of the Chief Commissioners of the Church of Scotland; also sat with the Assembly at Westminster. He was Professor of Divinity in the University of St. Andrew's; wrote many Calvinistic tracts; and was an avowed enemy of the Independents. T. Edwards had attacked Milton's Plan of Independency in his Antapologia, 1644. On Rotherford. See Heber's Life of I. Taylor, ii. 203.