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And ride us with a classick hierarchy
May, with their wholesome and preventive shears,
When they shall read this clearly in your charge;
8. Taught ye by mere A. S. The inde-views as the prelates before them were to pendents were now contending for tole ration. In 1643 their principal leaders published a pamphlet with this title, "An Apologeticall Narration of some Ministers formerly exiles in the Netherlands, now members of the Assembly of Divines. Humbly submitted to the honourable Houses of Parliament." This piece was answered by one A. S., the person intended by Milton.-T. WARTON.
their own, he left them, and joined the Independents or Congregationalists. He held, as all Congregationalists now hold, that every body of believers that meet together for mutual improvement, instruction, and worship, is a complete church in itself, independent, capable of transacting its own business, electing its own pastor, bishop, or ruling elder, administering 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 re
Rotherford. 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.ligious rites; nor has it any superior on He was professor of divinity in the uni- earth, whether individual, or assembly, versity of St. Andrew's, and has left a or convention, to whom it can be lawfully great variety of Calvinistic tracts. He required to render submission." Matt. was an avowed enemy to the independ- xviii.17-20, especially ver. 17; Acts xiv. 23. ents, 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 ordi12. 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 what14. 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.WARBURTON.
The meaning of the present context is, "Check your insolence, without proceed ing to cruel punishments." To" balk," is to spare.-T. WAKION.
Doc. c. xxix. Again: "Heretofore, in the first evangelic times, (and it were happy for Christendom if it were so again.) ministers of the gospel were by nothing else distinguished from other Christians but 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.
WHAT slender youth, bedew'd with liquid odours,
In wreaths thy golden hair,
Plain in thy neatness? O, how oft shall he
On faith and changed gods complain, and seas
Who now enjoys thee credulous, all gold,
Hopes thee, of flattering gales
Unmindful. Hapless they,
To whom thou untried seem'st fair! Me, in my vow'd
Picture, the sacred wall declares to have hung
My dank and dropping weeds
To the stern God of sea.
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
Brutus, far to the west, in the ocean wide,
Thy course; there shalt thou find a lasting seat;
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, Impudent whore? where hast thou placed thy hope? In thy adulterers, or thy ill-got wealth? Another Constantine comes not in haste.
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
Of sinners hath not stood, and in the seat
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,
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,
Earth's utmost bounds: them shalt thou bring full low
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!
How many those,
That in arms against me rise!
That of my life distrustfully thus say;
But thou, Lord, art my shield, my glory,
The exalter of my head I count:
Unto Jehovah: He full soon replied,
Was the Lord. Of many millions
I fear not, though, encamping round about,
On the cheek-bone all my foes;
Of men abhorr'd
Hast broke the teeth. This help was from the Lord; Thy blessing on thy people flows.
PSALM IV. August 10, 1653.
ANSWER me when I call, God of my righteousness; In straits, and in distress, Thou didst me disenthrall
And set at large; now spare,
Now pity me, and hear my earnest prayer.
14. My sustain. The verb used as a noun.