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"There were then divers new made Lords who "shrunk out of the room; which the King ob"serving, told the Marquiss, My Lord at this "rate you will drive away all my Nobility. The "Marquiss replyed, I protest unto your Majesty, ** I am as new a made Lord as any of them all; "but I was never called knave and rogue so "much in all my life as I have been s1nce I re** ceived this last honour, and why should not "they bear their shares V
"Speaking of the antient House of Peers,
** that were nearly melted with the House of
"Commons during the civil wars, without con
* * sequence and without weight, he said, Oh,
"when the noblest and highest element courts
"the noise of the waves, (the truest emblem of
"the madness of the people,) and when the
"highest region stoops unto the lower, and the
"lowest gets into the highest feat, what can be
"expected bat a chaos of confusion and disso
"lution of the universe? I do believe that they
** are so near unto their end, that as weak as I
"am, there is physic to be had, if a man could
** find it, to prolong my days, that I might out
** live their honours."
"Whilst he was under the custody of the ** Black Rod, for his loyalty to his Sovereign, ** and the resistance that he made to the forces of "the Parliament, he said to a friend of his one "day, Lord bless us, what a fearfull thing was "this Black Rod when I heard of it at first! It "did so run in my mind, that it made an afflic"tion out of mine own imaginations; but "when I spoke with the man, I found him a ** very civil gentleman, but I saw no black rod. "So, if we would not let these troubles and ap"prehensions• of ours be made worse by our "own apprehensions, no rods would be black."
"When he was told upon his death-bed that "leave was given by the Parliament that he ** might be buried in Windsor Castle, where (as "the Editor of the Apophthegms fays) there ** is a peculiar vault for the family within the "great Chapel, and wherein divers of his an"cestors lie buried, he cried out with great "fprightliness of manner, Why God bless us "all! why then I shall have a better castle when ** I am dead, than they took from me whilst I "was alive."
Dr. Baylie, Dean of Wells, published in 1649 "The Conference; or, Heads of a Conversation "between the late Charles the First and the "Marquis of Worcester, concerning the Ca"tholics and Protestants, that took place when "the King was at Raglon Castle in 1646." The Marquis being a Catholic of course exalted the Ee 3 deci.
decisions of the Church above the conclusions of reason; and in one part of the Conference the dialogue proceeded thus:
"Marquiss.—Your Majesty has forgotten the "monies which came unto you from unknown "hands, and were brought unto you by un"known faces, when you promised you would "never forsake your unknown friends. You ** have forgotten the miraculous blessings of the "Almighty upon those beginnings; and how "you discountenanced, distrusted, -and disre"garded, aye and disgraced the Catholiques all "along, and at last vowed an extirpation of ,c them. Doth not your Majesty fee clearly "how that in the two great battaillcs, the North "and Naseby, God mewed signs of his dis** pleasure? When in the first, your enemies "were even at your mercy, confusion fell upon "you, and you lost the day; like a man that "should so wound his enemies that he could "scarce stand, and afterwards his own sword "should fly out of the hilt, and leave the strong ** and skillfull to the mercy of his falling ene"mies: and in the second, (and I fear me the "last battaile that e'er you'll fight,) whilst your "men were crying Victory! and I hear they "had reason to do so, your sword broke in the "aire, which made you a fugitive to your flying "enemies. Sir, pray pardon my boldnefle, for "it is God's cause that makes me so bold, and "no inclination of my own to be so: and give "me leave to tell you, that God is angry with "you, and will never be pleased untill you have "taken new resolutions concerning your reli"gion, which I pray God to direct you, or else "you'll fall from naught to worse, from thence "to nothing."
"King Charles.—My Lord, I cannot so much "blame as pity your zeal. The soundnesse of "Religion is not to be tryed by dint of sword, "nor must we judge of her truths by her pro"sperity; for then, of all men Christians would be "the most miserable. We are not to be thought "no followers of Christ, by observations drawn "from what is crosse or otherwise, but by taking "up our crosse and following Christ. Neither "do I remember, my Lord, that I made any "such vow before the battaile of Naseby con"cerning Catholiques; but some satisfaction I "did give my Protestant subjects, who, on the "other side, were persuaded that God blest us "the worse for having so many Papists in our "army."
"Marqui/s.—The difference is not great; I "pray God forgive you, who have most reason « to ask it." y
King.—I think not so, my Lord."
E E 4 Marquiss. "Marquiss.—Who shall judge?"
"King.—I pray, my Lord, let us sit down, "and let Reason take her seat."
"Marquiss.—Reason is no judge."
"King.—But she may take her place, Mar"quiss, not above our faith."
"Marquiss.—Not above our faith."
SIR THOMAS SOMERSET,
"brother to the Marquis of Worcester, had "a house which was called Troy, five miles "from Ragland Castle. This Sir Thomas being "a complete Gentleman, delighted much in fine "gardens and orchards, where, by the benesit of"art, the earth was made so grateful to him at "the fame time that the King (Charles the First) tc happened to be at his brother's house, that it "yielded him wherewithal to send his brother "Worcester a present, and such an one as (the "times and the seasons considered) was able to "make the King believe that the Sovereign of "the Planets had new changed the Poles, and