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with the very same: for there needs no wash-balls, when the exorcism scours beyond soap-suds. This is he that puts down Gunter in his firework protestations against the protestant religion; and then, in his Majesty's name, charges them upon the people. For the same purpose also, he frames inchanted prayers for Christ-church chapel; and so makes the organs, at once, pipe out impiety against heaven, and treason against the state. God bless Prince Charles, for this is his tutor: He cries to him, when you pray, say thus; but what? A Pater-noster or two, with a little collect and litany, after the tradition of his fathers; from which, my litany shall be, Good Lord deliver him.
But if you would know him better, let Stewart, the ghost of Arminius, appear, to bring in the catastrophe. These two are brothers, both having the whore of Babylon for their mother; and the sons of Pelagius by heretical adoption. The foundation of old Rome, saith history, was laid in blood; and these Romuli take the same course to be founders of new Rome here in England: The name of peace puts them into a fit of the cholick; it stings like a Tarantula, for nothing will cure them but the musick of war.
Now sound aloud : Avaunt ye black-coats, the court-pageants are entering; Strafford without a head: But, let him pass for a dumb show; the tyrant hath had his exit already by order of parliament. Who comes next? What, Henrietta Maria!
Sure our incendiary is an hermaphrodite, and admits of both sexes : The Irish rebels call her their generalissima; what she willed they acted: She set them on work, and they pay themselves their wages out of the protestants estates. Because the pope is turned out of doors, she makes the fatal sisters and furies of her privy-council, and proceeds so meritoriously manful, that Kenelm Digby conxults now with his holiness, to have her set in the rubrick, by the name of St. Nemesis in breeches. How many. breeding fits hath she had since the coming over of Madam Beldam? And no sooner delivered of one plot, but, within the month, a conception of another, I wonder at Neptune's, rage against these two, mother and daughter, for they never crossed the sea but a tempest followed; which shews, that they were not of the Halcyon brood. But the flame rises not high enough yet; therefore hasten
the two bellows-menders from Holland; Rupert and Maurice, Simeon and Levi: A miracle, that a phenix should bring forth two such vipers! If this be too bold, know that the game is begun, and then all fellows at football: But I spare them, though they are so unnatural, as not to spare that nation which bred them up.
Next, enter a gentleman in disguise, newly landed out of the ship called Providence; Ahitophel junior, with store of Sampson's foxes and firebrands: Pull off his vizard, and his name is George Digby. This is the beardless Solon; Lycurgus newly whipped out of longcoats into the privy-council; Treachery's man-midwife, and Machiavel's catamite; for by him were spawned those desperate aphorisms and positions, of his Majesty's wandering from his parliament. What we wonder at in the rest, is natural to him, being a native Spaniard, to have an antipathy to the weal of our nation ; for an atheist, that hath neither religion, nor conscience to sway him, follows the constitution, and ingrafted principles of his climate. The truth of this they knew welt enough, that fetched him out of the senate to the court, and the Spanish Gilthead swallowed the bait immediately : Faces about; farewell to religion, honour, parliament, common honesty, and all; for he waited but for such an opportunity, as well as Colepeper and Dering, though the latter missed it.
More Spaniards yet? Bristol and Cottington, rare Peccadillo's ! Imps of Spinola; two of Gondemar's jockies, that posted between Whitehall and Madrid, till at length they mortgaged England with the protestant religion, for a pension of Spanish Gennets, and bars of silver; which they have striven since to repay, together with the interest of pernicious counsels, and secret practices. Upon a return of the Indian plate-fleet, these birelings will do any thing, even sacrifice their country, to those Gods of America.
Here comes a gentleman of the long-robe; Littleton, the egregious pickpocket, that would have stolen away the kingdom's purse from the parliament; which renders him, by the known laws, a most intolerable traitor. He promises his Majesty to make all good by law; but first intends to banish Dalton, Cooke, and the rest, as heterodox, pettyfogo gers, and spurious authors. If no body will believe be can maintain the slander of rebels, yet his impudence can disdain all such scruples, though with arguments grounded upon a manifest contradiction to the state's fundamentals.
What he cannot do, Heath will: This Tetter converses altogether with old outworn records, to make good the case : He might do well then to come and search in the wer, if he dare venture his neck upon the point, in a legal trial. In him we find it true, That an old man is twice a child; for he stands in fear of every bigger boy at court: Besides, he makes a fine hobby-horse of the prerogative; and tricks it ever and anon with illegal ribbands. He procreates proclamations also in private, yet avows the spurious issue as legitimate as acts of parliament, and so, upon pain of high displeasure, the subjects must own them; like the needy fornicator, that lays his brats at other men's doors.
There are more adulterers of the law: But stay, here is a post come to town with ill news : Oh Bristol ! Bristol is lost! Up starts the Junto; Westward hoy! Off goes their parliament-purple, and away to Oxford. This rotten limb of the representative body boats itself as healthful and sound as the whole; and, baving been catechised a while at court, would answer to no name but parliament. O pro. digious! Nay, the renegado conventicle had the impudence to sit and vote the kingdom slaves; and, for this, thought themselves highly recompensed with a smile or two, from the supreme petticoat. No heaven now but there; they offer incense to traitors, and have the conscience to idolise an Irish rebel, a murderer of protestants; imitating, herein, the naked Indians, who worship the devil for destroying their kindred.
But the best of it is, this firework never did much mischief, though all
ways have been tried, from the squib to the cannon; for they never durst stand to it yet: Always in motion; the curse of Cain pursues
them, as a just reward, that these, who chuse to live, should also die runagates.
What think ye then of Montrose? This lapwing incendiary ran away half-hatched from Oxford, to raise a combustion in Scotland : As his tutors in England, so he thrives best there, where is most ignorance. He raked up the remains of ancient barbarism, and soldered them together with creatures of like metal from Ireland; the very dross of both countries coagulated into an army. The first sight of them would convert a Sadducee, and make him confess a resurrection of the old heathen Picts and Kerns: Strange names they have! And, should a herald venture to reckon the genealogy, he might be taken for a conjurer : The repetition of twenty Mac's, O'Connor's, O'Brian's and O'Donnel's, were a charm for the gout, or an ague, beyond all the magneticks in chymistry.
This mountainous breed of Pagans, like the old earth-born giants, fight against heaven, bidding defiance to Christ and his gospel; concerning which they know no more than what belongs to blasphemy : Miserable then is that prince who counts such his best subjects! . Most abominable is that cause, which cannot stand but with such supporters ! Of late they domineered with superlative tyranny, and had, in conceit, swallowed
all Scotland; but now the monsters surfeit with their own blood: And, if ever they recover their stomachs, it will be but for a running banquet.
There is Ormond too, the juggling marquis, the new popin-jay duke, and, to give him all his titles, Lord Protector of the Rebels ; for the wolves are brought now into the same fold with the sheep. They say commonly now, that there is not a rebel in Ireland : Are they not good men then at Oxford, to fight so long till they have left never a rebel? But the late peace confirms them good subjects, though rebels before: Thus, by entertaining this paradox for truth, the pye-bald marquis got his dukedom of Ossory.
Antrim is a rebel not worth the naming, nor that precious piece of iron-work, his duchess; yet I must needs say, she was a lady rarely marked out for two eminent husbands, the beds of Buckingham and Antrim; this latter more pernicious than a bed of scorpions.
Yet there is one marquis more, a wise one, God wot, Winchester, the man of Basing; but let him pass, he has not wit enough to be an incendiary. And for Newcastle, he is but a counterfeit marquis; at the best but a play-wright; one of Apollo's whirligigs; one, that, when he should be fighting, would be fornicating with the nine muses, or the Dean of York's daughters; a very thing; a soul traducted out of perfume and compliment; a silken general, that ran away beyond sea in a sailor's canvas: He, with his tiuder-box of authority, first lighted the fire in the north, yet was so kind to see it quenched again,' e're he left us.
But the western squib, Hopton, holds out still, and rages beyond gunpowder with aqua vitæ ; but there are other ingredients of atheism joined to him, which make the blaze in the west shew so big, for he of himself is nothing now : The man lives toward the sun-setting, treads Antipodes of late to victory, and despairs of appearing east again; yet,
to comfort him, because the parliament lay claim to his bald pate, the King hath given him a peruke of honour.
I had almost forgotten Goring, her Majesty's jeweller; she plandered the crown, and he conveyed away, converting all into arms and gunpowder : Rare philosophical transmutation ! But this is the least part of his skill; for, in time of peace, he was so expert an alchymist, that he turned rags, and worse things, into gold and silver.
There is butcherly Jermyn too, contemptible Harry, the left leg of a lord; he that wraps up his treason in fine linen : He master of the horse? Mount the chicken upon an elephant; for he is a man of some substance, though little revenue ; somewhat too ugly, in my opinion, for a lady's favourite, yet that is nothing to some; for the old lady, that died in Flanders, regarded not the feature. This feather-bed traitor must pass also for an incendiary; for justice put the gentleman into such a fright, that to make one shift he avoided another; and, at an ill season, took his long journey in Spanish-leather boots.
There are other whelps of Cataline ; but it were endless to reckon op all. I shall conclude thus: What the poets feign of Hercules's Hydra, is truth of our incendiary: It is a fertile monster of many heads, for, by lopping off one, up starts a miraculous generation of many more : Then, as it cannot be imagined how he conquered that prodigious enemy, but by striking off all the heads at a blow; so the ready way to quell this, must be to bring the whole rabble at once to execution.
FOR PREVENTING THE MISCHIEF OF FIRE,
THAT MAY COME BY NEGLIGENCE, TREASON,
Ordered to be printed by the Lord Mayor of London ; and is thought
very necessary to hang in every man's house, especially in these dan
Invented by William Gosling, Engineer.
Printed for H. B. at the Castle in Cornhill, 1643. In one sheet, broadside.
How many several ways, houses, towns, and cities, have been set on fire.
ME have been burnt by bad hearths, chimnies, ovens, or by pans of
fire set upon boards ; some by clothes hanged against the fire; some by leaving great fires in chimnies, where the sparks, or sickles,
** Vide the 239th article in the catalogue of pamphlets in the Harleian library.
breaking, fell, and fired the boards, painted cloaths, wainscots, rushes, matts, as houses were burnt in Shoreditch; some by powder, or shooting off pieces ; some by tinder or matches ; some by setting candles under shelves ; some by leaving candles near their beds; some by snuffs of candles, tobacco-snuffs, burnt papers, and some by drunkards, as many houses were burnt in Southwark; some by warming beds; some by looking under beds with candles; some by sleeping at work, leaving their candles by them; so many have been burnt of several trades; some by setting candles near the thatch of houses ; some by snuffs or sparks fallen upon gun-powder, or upon matts, rushes, chips, small-coal, and in chinks; so Wimbleton was burnt: Some towns were burnt by malt-kilns; some by candles in stables; or by foul chimnies ; some by candles amongst hemp, fax, and warehouses; some by candles falling out of their candlesticks; some by sticking their candles upon posts ; some by links knocked at shops, stalls, cellars, windows, warehouses, doors, and dangerous places; some by carrying fire from place to place, where the wind hath blown about the streets, as it did burn St. Edmunds-Bury; some by warm sea-coal, cinders put in baskets, or wooden things, as did burn London-bridge: And some have been burnt without either fire or candle, as by wet hay, corn, straw, or by mills, wheels, or such like; all which hath been by carelesness : And some have been fired of purpose, by villainy or treason.
Orders to be observed, that fire may not happen.
IS, that every house-keeper, either himself, or one, by his appointment, that should be last up, see to the fire and candle, and to shut the cellar-windows, doors, casements, garret-windows, and to stop holes, and sinks, that fire many not come in by treason, or otherwise: To prevent treason that may come by wild-fire, is to stop the wild-fire simples, where they are sold. Seek to prevent fire at the beginning, and, by the sight of smoke, to look to it, for divers fires have been so prevented: Some have been prevented by smelling old wood, linen, or woollen burn; and some, by bearing the crackling of sticks, coals, or sparks of fire, have prevented mischief thereby: Iị you will use candle all night, let your candlestick be a pot of water brim-full, and set it where it shall stand, and then light a candle, and stick a great pin in the bottom of the candle, and let it slowly into the water, and it will burn all night without danger: If the wood under the hearth of a chimney be on fire, then take heed you do not open it too suddenly, before you cast water upon it, for, the air getting in, the fire will burst forth; therefore still throw water, and open it by degrees. And that the bricklayers should look better to the foundations of hearths and ovens, to prevent the hurts of fire: If chimnies be on fire, either wet bay; or straw, or a wet blanket, or a kettle of water hung over, or bay-salt cast into the fire, or a piece shot up into the chimney, will help it. And that the watch might be from day-light to day-light, at such a distance, that they may see and hear from one watch to the