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to keep such a lawless army on foot, who are carried away with a whirlwind or tempest of ambition, and walk antipodes to all settled and peaceable government, and are ready instruments for any insolent apostate, or tyrannical dictator, that will equal them in retences of religion (yet denying the power thereof) and, like. }. will make it his design, by secret engines, to cast the state into an absolute anarchy and confusion, that the state might cast itself into his arms, in necessity, for a protection, and so the sovereign power be cast on him; who, probably, hath neither rea-. son, nor law on his side, save only to make good the saying of Solon, who, when Croesus shewed him his treasury of gold, said to him: That, if another came, that had better iron, he would be quickly master of his gold : XIX. Whether it be not safer, and more agreeable to the present government of this commonwealth, and all other free states, where due course of law is admitted for recovery of rights, or deciding of meum and tuum, and liberty of subjects favoured (which we have, with great expence of blood, so long fought for) to raise the militia in each county, under the command of prudent and religious men, that have interest in their country, and are concerned in the welfare of the commonwealth ; and not mere hirelings, that will be apt to take any impression, to the disturbance of the publick peace, for their own private ends, and will make their swords, patronise intolerable rapine? XX. Since the apostles call religion, our reasonable service to. God, insomuch as the very ceremonies and figures of the old law were full of reason and signification, but more especially the christian faith under the gospel, as in all things, so in this, deserveth to be highly magnified; holding forth the golden mediocrity in this point, between the law of the heathen and the law of Mahomet, which have embraced the two extreams (for the first had no constant belief or confession, but left altogether to the liberty of professors; and the last, on the other side, interdicteth all arguments about the matter, and enjoineth unity in the manner of the prosession of religion, the one having the very face of error, the other of imposture; whereas the faith doth both admit, and reject disputations and professions with difference) whether then it be not requisite to settle such a religion in this nation, as may consist with the apostle's words, and such a mediocrity. that we he neither tied, on the one hand to a Mlahometan unity of accidental discipline and manner of worship, nor, on the other hand, be left to a heathenish liberty both in the articles and principles of religion, and also in the substantial matter of belief, and decent manner of discipline and confession, since such boundless liberty is the mother of all sects, heresies, and atheism (which this age abounds with, though veiled under the specious garment of tender conscience, who are enemies to all settled government, whether monarchy or oligarchy) except their heretical opinions he favoured. 21.d themselves mounted to the zenith of preferment, and stern of government, which is hoped will never be, though highly at present cudeavoured:
BIBLIOTHECA MILITUM :
Lately erected for the Benefit of all that love the good old Cause, at Wallingford-House;
And already furnished with divers excellent Treatises, herein mentioned.
London: Printed in the year 1659. Quarto, containing cight pages.
1. THE City Compliance, for Gain without Conscience, written by Robert Tychborn. 2. The Cares of the World satisfied : or, a Rest from Labour: wherein is proved a rest for such souls, as could find no rest, under the old government, written by Henry Donne, Executioner. 3. Religion in Bonds: or the Saints Captivity and Persecution experienced : By John Barkstead, Lieutenant of the Tower. 4. A new Way to make Lords; or, new Lords already made: whereunto is added, the other House, their Authority and Institution; also are included their noble Acts and Atchievements, with their fortunes inabling them, for their services, written by William Prynne, Esq. 5. Perjury (in Folio) proved to be Jure Divino, by his late Highness deceased. 6. A Commonwealth expounded to be the safe Way through this World, and the most certain to that which is to come ; whereunto is added, That Gaiu is great Godliness; by Sir Arthur Haslerig. 7. Werbum Doloris: or, England in Mourning: prophetically foretelling the Destruction of Protectors, as likewise of the Succession of their Families, by Richard Cromwell, Esq. 8. Patience per Force; or, a Medicine for a mad Dog: Treating of the infallible Vertue of Necessity, by the aforesaid Author. 9. The World in Amaze, or wise Men run mad: also is added hereunto an Exhortation, that those who have worn out Religion's Cloke would get new ones, or turn the old; written by Hugh Peters, Master of Arts. 10. Divide & impera: The Art of Supplanting or Compassing one's Ends, being a subtle Piece, dedicated to the Lord Lambert, and written by Peter Talbot, Soc. Jesu. 11. The Art of Preaching and Praying, with the right Use of Religion: by that incomparable Artist, Sir Henry Vane, Knight. 12. Pucana de Scoto: or, Scots Directory for all such, as Fortune shall hereafter make Secretaries of State; shewing their Necessity of being conversant in the Secrets of both Sexes, most politickly handled, and written by Thomas Scott, Secretary. 13. Hey-te Tyte: or, To-morrow Morning, I found an Horseshoe; being an excellent Discourse concerning Government, with some sober and practical Expedients, modestly proposed, and written by James Harrington. 14. Defamatio Regum: or the History of Ingratitude, Il Burdachio experto; an Italian translation; every Thing, and Nothing, or the compleat Complier: By the Lord Fines. 15. Apuleius in Laudem Asini: or, a Panegyrick, in commendation of his late Highness's singular Virtues, and Valour, by Pagan Fisher. 16. Well flown Buzzard: or, a holy Rapture of the CourtConfessor; wherein he made a new and incredible Discovery of his late Highness, since his decease, at the Right-hand of God: by Peter Sterry. 17. Superstition demolished: or the old Dagon pulled down, and removed from Westminster, by the Committee of Safety. 18. A new Gag for an old Goose: or, a Reply to James Harrington's Oceana, by Mr. Wren. 19. Asinus ad Lyram: or, a new Way of Improving the Goldfinders Office, proposed to the Privy-Council, for the ease of the city, by a person of a good report, and one who petitions to be Duke of the Dunghil, because he has much insight into a busimess of this nature; the first letters of whose name, is Alderman Atkins. 20. The Rebels Catechism, translated out of the Scottish Directory, by Colonel Hewson. 21. Berecynthius Heros: Wherein it is demonstrated, that Mr. Rowe is the fittest Orator for his Auditors extended ears, his voice being as low as his rhetorick, and both as lean as his person. 22. An Owl in an Ivy-Bush: or Gilbert Millington in the Chair; together with the excellent Improvement of scandalous Miinisters. 23. A Curry-Comb for a Cox-Comb : or invisible John discovered, by Colonel Overton. These are the gist of Charles Lord Fleetwood, for the better encouragement of future benefactors.
A SIICRT, LEGAL, MEDICINAL, USEFUL, SAFE, AND EASY PRESCRIPTION TO RECOVER OUR
KINGDOM, CHURCH, AND NATION,
From their present dangerous, distractive, destructive Confusion, and worse than Bedlam Madness;
Seriously recommended to all English Freemen, who desire Peace, Safety, Liberty, Settlement.
By WILLIA.M. PRYNNE, Esq. a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn.
Judges xix. 30.-Consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds.
Prov. xii. 19, 20.—Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil, but to the counsellors of peace joy. There shall no evil happen to the just, but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
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HE ambition, treachery, turbulency, avarice, and late infused
jesuitical principles of some swaying officers in the parliament's army, aspiring after the supreme authority, government, and publick revenues of our three kingdoms, having so far corrupted their judgments, seared their consciences, depraved their wills, and hardened their hearts, as openly, frequently to violate all sacred oaths, vows, covenants, obligations, trusts, commissions, engagements to the late king, his heirs and successors, the old parliament, kingdom, nation, for whose defence they were originally raised, and commissioned, and, to their own new-created anti-parliamentary junctos, conventions, protectors, and conventicles, which they have all successively subverted, engrossing the sovereign, royal, and parliamental power into their own hands, opposing and advancing themselves (by mere treachery, perjury, violence, and other desperate ways of unrighteousness) like that man of sin, and mystery of iniquity, above all that is worshiped and called God; making no less than three publick revolutions of our government, and forcibly dissolving two parliaments, as they deemed them, of their own modelling, convening, within six months space, last past; and thereby made our formerly renowned nations, the scorn, reproach, wonder, derision of all the world; themselves the monsters of men, the shame of christianity, chivalry ; exposed our three nations to the uttermost extremity of danger by new unprecedented ataxies, divisions, incroachments upon their hereditary rights, liberties, properties; caused a total decay of all sorts of trade, justice, legal proceedings at home, and occasioned a speedy much feared invasion from our potent combined popish adversaries abroad, when thus miserably distracted, discontented, impoverished, and totally disabled to repulse them : It is high time for every publick spirited Englishman in this strange, distracting con
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fusion (which hath almost as much divided and discontented all conscientious officers, soldiers in the army, navy, as the people all callings, conditions) to contribute their best advice, by all just, legal, hopeful, speedy ways, agreeable with the laws of God and the land, and those rights, liberties of the people (the defence whereof all officers, soldiers in the army, have so frequently and constantly avowed they were principally raised, and resolved to defend, though they have, hitherto, failed in their promises) to recover us out of the labyrinth of our almost inextricable amazing confusions, settle our pernicious distractions, and prevent that visible, imminent, universal desolation else likely to fall upon our church, state, nation, religion, beyond all possibility of escape, through the army officers rash destructive counsels, and violations of their trusts, oaths. engagements, both as soldiers, christians, and members of the kingdon. The only just, legal, probable means now left that I can prescribe both for our nation's, church's, army's, present and future safety too (if they will cordially and christianly submit thereto, as they ought in conscience, justice, prudence) is, First, for all ancient nobility of the kingdom (the hereditary great council and counsellors of the nation in all actual interregnums, and publick confusions, as our historians, records, law books, and the commons themselves in the long parliament resolved, both by custom, law, right) to assemble themselves by common consent at Westminster, or so many of them at least, or their heirs, if dead, who constantly adhered to the long parliament, and there to issue out writs according to the statute of 16. Car. chap. 1. on the third Monday of November next, under twelve or more of their hands and seals, for a free and legal election of knights, citizens, burgesses, barons, in every city, county, borough, port, according to former usage, to appear at the parliament-house in Westminster, the third Monday in January next ensuing, at a parliament then and there to be held, in such a manner and form as this act prescribes; wherein such proposals and counsels may, by common consent, be pursued, as may, through God's blessing, soon restore our pristine peace, trade, honour, wealth, prosperity, felicity, settlement, and secure us from all future changes. Secondly, for all freeholders in every county of the kingdom, at the next county court in November, to meet together, and make choice of the ablest, homestest, wisest, stoutest gentlemen for their sheriffs, to keep the peace of the county, command the militia, suppress all insurrections, elect, return knights, citizens, burgesses to serve in parliament, and execute the office of a sheriff; it being their ancient legal right and privilege, by special grants of our kings, both in and out of parliament, which none, in late or present power, ought to incroach upon, or deprive them of, and they are all now bound to exercise and maintain for their own preservation and safety. This their right I shall clearly evidence beyond contradiction: First, by the people's ancient right in Edward the Confessor's fine, or before, in their folkmote to chuse an heretoke, a baron,