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8. Taught ye by mere A. S. The inde-views as the prelates before them were to pendents were now contending for tole- their own, he left them, and joined the ration. In 1643 their principal leaders Independents or Congregationalists. He published a pamphlet with this title, held, as all Congregationalists now hold, "An Apologeticall Narration of some that every body of believers that meet Ministers formerly exiles in the Nether- together for mutual improvement, inlands, now members of the Assembly struction, and worship. is a complete of Divines. Humbly submitted to the church in itself, independent, capable of honourable Houses of Parliament." This transacting its own business, electing its piece was answered by one A. S., the per- own pastor, bishop, or ruling elder, adminson intended by Milton.-T. WARTON. istering its own discipline. and determining finally all ecclesiastical matters that may properly come before it. He says "Every church, however small its numbers, is to be considered as in itself an integral and perfect church, so far as it regards its religious rites; nor has it any superior on earth, whether individual, or assembly, or convention, to whom it can be lawfully required to render submission." Matt. xviii.17-20, especially ver. 17; Acts xiv. 23,
Rother ford. Samuel Rutherford, or Rotherfoord, was one of the chief commissioners of the Church of Scotland, who sat with the Assembly at Westminster, and who concurred in settling the grand points of presbyterian discipline. He was professor of divinity in the university of St. Andrew's, and has left a great variety of Calvinistic tracts. He was an avowed enemy to the independents, as appears from his "Disputation Milton also maintained that all true on pretended Liberty of Conscience, and sincere believers not only have an 1649." It is hence easy to see, why Roth- equal right to preach the gospel, but that erford was an obnoxious character to Mil- it is their duty so to do. He says-" Any ton.-T. WARTON. believer is competent to act as an ordi
12. And Scotch what d'ye call. Perhaps nary minister, according as convenience Henderson, or George Galaspie, another may require, provided only he be endowed Scotch minister with a harder name, and with the necessary gifts; these gifts conone of the ecclesiastical commissioners at stituting his mission." * "If, thereWestminster, is here meant.-T. WARTON. fore, it be competent to any believer what
14. Trent, the famous Council of Trent. ever to preach the gospel, provided he be 17. Clip, &c. That is, although your furnished with the requisite gifts, it is ears cry out that they need clipping, yet also competent to him to administer the the mild and gentle parliament will con- rite of baptism; inasmuch as the latter tent itself with only clipping away your office is inferior to the former."-Christ, Jewish and persecuting principles.- Doc. c. xxix. Again: "Heretofore, in the WARBURTON. first evangelic times, (and it were happy for Christendom if it were so again.) ministers of the gospel were by nothing else
The meaning of the present context is, "Check your insolence, without proceed ing to cruel punishments." Tobalk," distinguished from other Christians but is to spare.-T. WARTON. by their spiritual knowledge and sanctity 20. Writ large, that is, more domineer of life." Considerations, &c. In his Reasons ing and tyrannical. Milton, in his early of Church Government, he also shows that life, was a Presbyterian; but seeing that the distinction of clergy and laity is a this sect, when in power, was quite as ty-mere arrogating, papal figment, having rannical in enforcing conformity to their no authority in the New Testament.
THE FIFTH ODE OF HORACE, LIB. I.
Plain in thy neatness? O, how oft shall he
Who now enjoys thee credulous, all gold,
Hopes thee, of flattering gales
To whom thou untried seem'st fair! Me, in my vow'd
My dank and dropping weeds
FROM GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH.
BRUTUS thus addresses DIANA in the country of Leogecia:
To whom, sleeping before the altar, DIANA answers in a vision, the same night:
Brutus, far to the west, in the ocean wide,
5. Plain in thy neatness. This is the phrase, simplex munditiis, which is er best attempted translation of Horace's tirely untranslatable.
Ан, Constantine! of how much ill was cause, Not thy conversion, but those rich domains That the first wealthy pope received of thee!
FOUNDED in chaste and humble poverty,
'Gainst them that raised thee dost thou lift thy horn,
THEN pass'd he to a flowery 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, Whose witness and opinion wins the cause? But his own house, and the whole neighbourhood, Sees his foul inside through his whited skin.
LAUGHING, to teach the truth,
What hinders! As some teachers give to boys
JOKING decides great things,
Stronger and better oft than earnest can.
THIS is true liberty, when freeborn men, Having to advise the publick, may speak free; Which he who can, and will, deserves high praise: Who neither can, nor will, may hold his peace: What can be juster in a state than this?
'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,
Done into verse, 1653.
BLESS'D is the man who hath not walk'd astray In counsel of the wicked, and in the way
and in the seat
Of sinners hath not stood,
Done August 8, 1653.
WHY do the Gentiles tumult, and the nations
Let us break off, say they, by strength of hand
Their twisted cords: He, who in heaven doth dwell, Shall laugh; the Lord shall scoff them; then, severe, Speak to them in his wrath, and in his fell
And fierce ire trouble them; but I, saith he, Anointed have my King (though ye rebel) On Sion, my holy hill. A firm decree
I will declare: the Lord to me hath said, Thou art my Son, I have begotten thee This day: ask of me, and the grant is made; As thy possession I on thee bestow
The heathen; and, as thy conquest to be sway'd,
Be taught, ye judges of the earth; with fear
If once his wrath take fire, like fuel sere.
PSALM III. August 9, 1653.
When he fled from Absalom.
LORD, how many are my foes!
That in arms against me rise!
That of my life distrustfully thus say;
Aloud I cried
Unto Jehovah: He full soon replied,
Was the Lord. Of many millions
I fear not, though, encamping round about,
Hast smote ere now
On the cheek-bone all my foes;
Hast broke the teeth. This help was from the Lord;
PSALM IV. August 10, 1653.
ANSWER me when I call,
Now pity me, and hear my earnest prayer.
14. My sustain. The verb used as a noun.