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Miscellancous Poem and Translations.
ON THE NEW FORCERS OF CONSCIENCE UNDER
THE LONG PARLIAMENT.
And with stiff vows renounced his liturgy,
From them whose sin ye envied, not abhorr'd,
ye for this adjure the civil sword
Taught ye by mere A. S.? and Rotherford ?3
Must now be named and printed heretics
But we do hope to find out all your tricks,
That so the Parliament
And succour our just fears,
1 In classes, or classical assemblies. The I resbyterians distributed London into twelve classcs; each chose two ministers and four lay elders to represent them in a Provincial Assembly.
2 Adam Stuart, a Polemical writer of the times, who answered the “Independents' Plea for Toleration."
6. Perhaps George Gillespie, a Scotch writer against the Independents. Milton hated the Scotch, and ridiculed their names.
6 The Council of Trent.
3 Samuel Rutherford, one of the Chief Commissioners of the Church of Scotland, and an avowed enemy to the Independents, Milton's sect.
4 Thomas Edwards, who wrote against the Independents,
7 Balk, or bauk, is to spare. meaning is, “ Your errors will be corrected, and your ears spared." readers will remember that the Star Chamber had inflicted the cruel punishment of loss of ears on Pryone.
8 More tyrannical than of old,
THE FIFTH ODE OF HORACE, LIB. I.
What slender youth, bedew'd with liquid odours,
In wreaths thy golden hair,
Rough with black winds, and storms
Unwonted shall admire !
Hopes thee, of flattering gales
Unmindful. Hapless they
My dank and dropping weeds
FROM GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH.?
Brutus thus addresses Diana in the country of Leogecia :
GODDESS of shades, and huntress, who at will
1 An ancient British historian and writer. He died 1154.
To whom, sleeping before the altar, Diana answers in a vision the same night:
BRUTUS, far to the west, in the ocean wide,
Ay, Constantine, of how much ill was cause,
THEN past he to a flow'ry mountain green,
was s the gift, if you the truth will have,
WHOM do we count a good man? Whom but he
All barbarous people and their princes too,
The very wandering Scythians do.
Continue us in wealth and state,
The power that did create can change the scene
This is true liberty, when freeborn men
LAUGHING, to teach the truth,
JOKING decides great things. Stronger and better oft than earnest can.
say it, not I. You do the deeds, And your ungodly deeds find me the words.