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men; — but It is a motive to us to do like Englishmen,"and seek the real good of this Nation, and the interest of it . [Truly !] *— But, I beseech yon, what is bur case at home? —» I profess I do not well know where to begin on this head, or where to end, — I do not . But I must needs say, Let * -man begin where he will, he shall hardly be out of that drift I am speaking to yon 'upon.' We are as full of calamities, and of divisions among us in respect of the spirit*-of men, 'as we could well be,' — though, through a wonderful, admirable < and never to be sufficiently admired providence of God, •'still' in peace! And the fighting we have had, and the success we have had — yea, we that arc here, wc arc an astonishment to the world! And take us in that temper we are in, or rather in that distemper, it is the greatest miracle that ever befell the sons of men, '.that we are got again to peace' —
[" Beautiful great Soul," exclaims a modern. Commentator here, "Beautiful great Soul; to whom .the Temporal is all '' irradiated with the Eternal, and God is everywhere divinely "visible in the affairs of men, and man himself has as it were "become divine! 0 ye eternal Heavens, have those days and "those souls passed away without return? — Patience: in*trinsically they can never pass away: intrinsically they "remain with us; and will yet, in nobler unexpected form, "reappear among us, — if it please Heaven! There hope been "Divine Souls in England; England too, poor moiling toiling "heavyladen thickeyedEngland has been illuminated, though "it were but once, by the Heavenly Ones; — and once, in a "sense, is always!"]
— that we are got again to peace. And whoever shall seek to break it, God Almighty root that man out of this Nation! And He will do it, let the pretences be what they may! [Privilege of Parliament, or whatever else, my peppery friends!]
'Peace-breakers, do they consider what it is they are driving towards? They should do it!' He that considereth not the "woman with child," — the sucking children of this Nation that know not the right hand from the left, of whom, for aught I know, it may be said this City is as full as Nineveh was said to be;
— he that considereth not these, and the fruit that is like to come of the bodies of those now living added to these; he that considereth not these, must have the heart of a Cain; who was marked, and made to be an enemy to all men, and all men enemies to him! For the wrath and justice of God will prosecute such a man to his-grave, if Hot to Hell! [Where is Sam Cooper, or some 'prince of limners,' to take us that look of his Highness? 'I would give my ten best Historical Paintings for it, gilt frames and twaddle-critkisms into the bargain!]
— I say, look oh this Nation"; look on it! Consider what are the varieties of Interests in this Nation, — if they be worthy the name of Interests. If God did not hinder, it would all but make up one confusion. We should find there Would be but one Cain in England, if God did hot restrain! We should have another more bloody Civil War than ever we had in England. For, I beseech you, what is the general spirit of this Nation? Is it not that each sect of people, — if T may tall,them sects, whether sects upon a Religious account or upon a Civil account — [Sentence gone; meaning left clear enough] — Is not this Nation miserable in that Tespect? What is that which possesseth every sect? What is it? That every sect may be uppermost! That every sort of men may get the power into their hands, and "they would use it well;" — that every sect may get the power into their hands! [A reflection to make one wonder. — Let them thank God they liave got a man able to bit and bridle them a little; the unfortunate, peppery, loud-babbling individuals, — with so much good in litem too, while 'bitted!']
It were a happy thing if the Nation would he content with rule. 'Content with rule,' if it were but in Civil things, and with those that would rule icorst;
— because misrule is better than no rule; and an ill Government, a bad Government, is better than none!
— Neither is this all: but we have an appetite to variety; to be not only making wounds, 'but widening those already made.' As if you should see one making wounds in a man's side, and eager only to be groping and grovelling with his fingers in those wounds! This is what 'such' men would be at; this is the spirit of those who would trample on men's liberties in Spiritual respects. They will be making wounds, and rending and tearing, and making them wider than they were. Is not this the case? Doth there want anything — I speak not of sects in an ill sense; but the Nation is hugely made up of them, — and what is the want that prevents these things from being done to the uttermost, but that men have more anger than strength? They have not power to attain their ends. 'There wants nothing else.' And, I beseech you, judge what such a company of men, of these sects, are doing, while they are contesting one with another! They are contesting in the midst of a generation of men (a malignant Episcopal Party, I mean); contesting in the midst of these all united. What must be the issue of such a thing as this? 'So stands it;' it is so. — And do but judge what proofs have been made of the spirits of these men. [Republican spirits: we took a "Standard" lately, a Painted one, and a Printed, with wondrous apparatus behind it!] Summoning men to take up arms; and exhorting men, each sort of them, to fight for their notions; each sort thinking they are to try it out by the sword; and every sort thinking that they are truly under the banner of Christ, if they but come in, and bind themselves in such a project!*
Now do but judge what a hard condition this poor Nation is in. This is the state and condition we are in. Judge, I say, what a hard condition this poor Nation is in, and the Cause of God 'is in,' — amidst such a party of men as the Cavaliers are, and their
[tarticipants! Not only with respect to what these — "Cavaliers and their Participants," both equally at firsts but it becomes the latter chiefly, and at length exclusively, before the Sentence ends] — are like to do of themselves: but some of these, yea some of these, they care not who carry the goal: [Frantic-Anabaptist Sexby, dead the other day, he was not very careful!] — some of these have invited the Spaniard himself to carry on the Cavalier Cause.
And this is true. 'This' and many other things that are not fit to be suggested unto you; because 'so' we should betray the. interest of our intelligence. [SpyRoyalist Sir Richard Willis and [the like ambiguous persons, if we show them in daylight, they vanish forever,— as. Manning, when they shot him in Neuburg, didi] I say, this is your condition! What is your defence? What hindereth the irruption of all this upon you, to your utter destruction? Truly, 'that' you have an Army in these parts, —? in Scotland, in England and Ireland. Take them away tomorrow, would not all these Interests run into one another? — I know you are rational prudent men. Have you any Frame or Model of things that would satisfy the minds of men, if this be not the Frame, 'this' which yon are now called together upon, and engaged in, — I mean, the Two Houses of Parliament and myself? What hinders this Nation from being an Aceldama, 'a field of blood,' if this doth not? It is, without doubt, 'this:' give the glory to God; for without this, it would prove♦ as great a plague as all that hath been spoken of. -It is this, without doubt, that keeps this Nation in peace and quietness. — And what is the case of your Army 'withal?' A poor unpaid Army; the soldiers going barefoot at this time, in this city, this weather! [Twentyfifth of January^ And yet a peaceable people, ''these soldiers;' seeking to serve you with their lives; judging their pains and hazards and all well bestowed, in obeying their officers and serving you, to keep the Peace of these Nations! Yea, he must be a man with a heart as hard as the weather who hath net a due sense of this! [A severe frost, though the Almanacs do
* "and oblige upon this account" in ariij.
not mention it.]
So that, I say, it is most plain and evident, this is your outward and present defence. [This frame of Government; the Army is a part of tfiat.] And yet, at this day, — do but you judge! The Cavalier Party, and the several humours of unreasonable men 'of other sorts,' in those several ways, having 'continually' made
""it would prove" is an impersonal verb; such as "It will rain," and tbe like.