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our over diligent and intruding spirits, with their botching, seek to bring to the wane.
God grant it prognosticate no greater ruin, it is an evil symptom of further detriment.
Notwithstanding, I hope it is no inevitable destiny, but that our language and empire shall yet enjoy a far long noon, and not so soon post towards the west; let these busy creatures be checked and restrained from such presuming liberties, and no doubt but it will be a sovereign antidote, to maintain the splendor of the English language in the meridian of purity a long time, which these active persons stain and obscure.
How ridiculous, if well considered, is the merchandise they seek to sell for current.
Let me afford you a few examples, and I am deceived if they will not move both your anger and laughter; read and censure. Adpugne, Algale, Adstupiate, Daffe, Defust, Depex, Brochity, Bulbitate, Extorque, Ebriolate, Caprious, Contrast, Catillate, Fraxate, Froyce, Imporcate, Incenabe, Incasse, Gingreate, Glabretall, Halitate, Ligurition, Lurcate, Kemand, Mephitick, Mirminodized, Obsalutate, Orbation, Nixious, Naustible, Plumative, Prodigity, Puellation, Raption, Rerest, Rumatize, Sudate, Solestick, Sracone, Subgrund, Tridiculate, Tristful, Wadshaw, Xantical, Yexate, Vitulate, Undosous, Vambrash, Zoografe.
A thousand other so unnatural phrases, that they cause a loathing in a curious and judicious eye. These and such as these, that set up mints for such base coin, would I have the arts to persecute and not suffer them to mix their counterfeit stuff amongst our purer ingredients, so to canonise them for current. Our language is copious enough already, we need traffick no more to inrich it; at least, not so oft, for yet I will not deny, but some pearl or other may be left behind uncheapened by our former factors, which is worth the buying, yet would I have it naturalised here with judgment and authority.
Let us improve what grain we have already, and we shall find it full as much as is needful, or at least as much as our soil is well able to bear. Let us not therefore, with a base and busy avarice, abuse our language with the dregs of others, being possessed with the perfections of them all already, for by enfranchising, refining, and implanting strange, old, and new words, it is happily become even the prince of all the vulgar; from the dignity of which nothing hath so much detracted, as our own vain affecting, admiring, and applauding foreign tongues above measure: Which makes strangers judge our own contemptible. Our separation from the continent world doth make our language insular, which is one chief reason of its want of esteem amongst foreigners, they scarce having use of it; few of them frequenting our climate, and we swarming into theirs. Though some of the wisest of them now acknowledge the worth of it, and with envy look upon the perfection of our language, as well as upon the excellency of our country.
Though in this conclusion I here strike sail, and vail to the learned languages; let that not detract from the worth of ours, which is parallel, if not superior to the best remaining; it is as courteous as the
Spanish, and court-like as the French, as amorous as the Italian, and as fluent as any; wherefore think me not over-weighted with affection, if I believe the most renowned of other nations, to have laid the very elixir of their tongue's perfection in trust with our island.
A NEST OF PERFIDIOUS VIPERS;
THE SECOND PART OF THE PARLIAMENT'S CALENDAR OF BLACK SAINTS.
Pictured forth in a second arraignment, or gaol-delivery of Malignants, Jesuits, Arminians, and Cabinet-counsellors, being the fatal engineers, plotters, and contrivers of treasons against the parliament, our religion, laws, and lives. Condemned according to their several crimes.
London, printed according to order, for G. Bishop, September 21, 1644. Quarto, containing eight pages.
ELL, since we must go to work again, and fill up the second part of our calendar with black saints; we first present you with a nest of the vilest vipers that ever Africk, or Nile, did produce; a genera'tion so cursed, that they have rent out the bowels of their own natural mothers, and been the abhorred murderers of their fathers; such as have made women husbandless, mothers childless, and two flourishing.kingdoms almost fruitless, whose poisonous breaths have infected the purer air, mixing the clouds with cries and groans; made black that glorious diadem, that should impale the sacred brow of Majesty, rendering the donour glorious to God and man; whose baneful stings have turned the crystal veins of earth to springs of blood, and dyed the verdant grass in crimson gore, that used to be enammelled with fragrant flowers: Serpents that have out-done old Satan for plots, and treacheries against our religion, laws, and innocent lives: Of these there be both male and female, of divers sorts and kinds, as some basilisks, some flying dragons, some cockatrices, some fiery serpents, some curled winding snakes, some dangerous adders.
And first, for our basilisks or bishops, whose eyes were dangerous, and as full of pride, as their hearts of deadly poison in the cup of the Babylonish harlot: These sons of pride and vain-glory could at their pleasure look a poor protestant dead, through the pride and feigned veil of sceming humility, but indeed hypocrisy, ambition, and the
ruellest tyranny that oppressors could devise to enslave, and disnoble a flourishing kingdom and a free-born people. These had their residence in the greatest courts of justice, as the star-chamber, the council-table, and high-commission, &c. And so made a monopoly of earth, as before they had done of heaven, in forgiving sins, and hell too, in taking fees for the most abhorred villainies, as adultery, fornication, and the rest of the seven, under a glorious pretence of repairing cathedrals, and setting up organ-pipes and images: these serpents carried deadly stings in their long black tails, borne up by a company of proctors, apparitors, and informers, Duck, Lamb, and the rest, as foul a nest of the ugliest vipers as ever nature did produce: these have stung to death many godly ministers, and other religious protestants and professors of the truth of the gospel; some imprisoned, some whipped, some hanged, some seared with hot irons, others pilloried, having their ears cut off, because they would not endure popery to be planted in our churches: these fat bulls, or dumb dogs, feed upon their flocks, when they should have fed their flocks, and so sacrificed to their godless bellies, when many a poor member of Christ lay starving at their gates, as near pined for outward provision for their bodies, as their more languishing souls were for spiritual instructions.
The first, that we intend to saint in our second calendar, is a foul bird of this nest called Wren. Cryer, call Wren to the bar, a right Basilisk, that looked to death near threescore and odd ministers in one visit, or yearly perambulation over his diocese at Ipswich; little Pope Regulus that reigned like a tyrant, and, though a small bird, yet sung a scurvy tune, counter tenor, oh base, and, instead of treble, sung terrible: Make his mittimus, let him have time to consider of the lawfulness of the oath ex officio in Bridewell: Let him not want castigation, and see that none of the puritan faction come near him, or relieve him, 'tis the only way to make him conformable to us. Oh base, let him kiss Newgate, lie in the common gaol, and be sure to have chains enough: Make his Mittimus to the gate-house, or obtain the favour of Long's powdering-tub, which shall powder him soundly, long enough before he come forth; these were the base and terrible tunes of this right reverend Father in God (the God of this world I mean.) Surely his predecessors, the Apostles, that he so much boasteth of exhort him rather to admonish lovingly, and instruct kindly, than punish so cruelly. I never read that they, in their greatest passion, committed or imprisoned (yet patiently endured both themselves) those that would not conform themselves to their truths: yet you can do all this to those, that will not conform themselves to your lyes. This Wren was so holy, that, if a stranger should chance to spit on the sanctified pavement of his chapel, a scholar must take his handkerchief and wipe it up, and duck three times to the altar, and yet, for all this, was so profane and unsanctified in his heart (that should have been more holy than the chapel, or altar, or pavement) that he kept another man's wife in Cambridge, and, though a Wren, yet in that proved himself a very cock-sparrow. This methinks should be a great spot in his lawn sleeves, and put him in mind of a brother of his in Ireland, that was hanged for such a holy business; Finch of Christ-church was another bird of the
same feather, and might well be thy chaplain, that had been so apt a scholar under thee, in the school of lust: those at Ipswich, that de vised the engine to take thee in the little house over the water, pull thee into a litter, and carry thee into New England, would have done Old England a great courtesy, that is fain to feed so foul a bird in a cage all this while: If we should have bishops to reign over us, as'tis unlikely we should, thy crimes are so great and enormous, that thou must expect a halter rather than a mitre; therefore, being undeserving and uncapable of a bishoprick, expect to take new orders, and commence at Tyburn. Take him, Derrick.
Call Mountague to the bar, a Roman Basilisk, whose head fitted the windmill better than the mitre, and mounted up Arminianism till he had endangered his lungs again, and made his voice more hoarse, than his reverend kinswoman, with crying new Wainfleet oysters. King James, being as wise as religious, seeing the spreading infectious issue of thy quill, quashed it in the egg, knowing that heresy, once hatched, was soon brooded, and would quickly grow into numerous swarms (being always frightful enough) both disallowed, condemned, and forbid thy heretical books the press, and would not let thy poisonous wings over-cloud the bright though humble beams of truth, issuing from the pure sun of the gospel: though like an impudent magpy, with all thy chattering, thou couldest not blind that bright-eyed eagle, that could out-look the sun, apparelled with his brightest beams and glory; yet still wouldest strive with that old serpent, whose pride could not prevail with God, to extend his malice by tempting his son. All this will I give thee,' &c. The kingdom of Spain, the empire of Germany, France and all, all shall be thine, if thou wilt but worship me, turn Catholick, and, like an obedient son, destroy thy puritan subjects; 'tis no matter how, I can forgive thee, or, to make thy way sure, make use of protestations, call heaven and earth, and hell to witness, all the mental reservations, or equivocations, thou can'st devise, or we devise for thee, so that the Catholick cause go forward, 'tis good enough. Well spoke Mountague, thou shalt have a miter, or a cardinal's cap in time; a three-cornered cap for thee and the rest of thy faction. Take him, Derrick.
Cryer, call White to the bar, a dangerous Basilisk, of the same nest, and one that loved any thing better than a parliament; one whose puisonous breath infected the sanctity of the sabbath, maintained the morality of the fourth commandment, and writ whole volumes in defence of Arch Arminians, and defended their heresy at a packed conference; this viper, by the instructions of the Arch-Basilisk of Canterbury, would suffer none to be preferred, but those that would prefer and favour those dangerous tenents, by them urged and maintained: Then Cosens, Regulus, Corbet, Pocklington, Heylyn, and a little more of sowers, planters, and waterers of the seeds of superstition and popery, were sent out to infect the kingdom of England, which took admirably, and quickly brought forth an excellent crop of popery : Then long-tailed clokes were in fashion, the Jesuits garb right, worn by a company of priests, the merriest fellows, boon lads: Let the devil preach, quoth one, give me the other quart of sack: Lie there divinity,
says another to his gown. Come, my girl, let me embrace thy lovely corps; dost think I am good for nothing but to preach, &c. These rare divines would preach against spiritual whoredom, yet be arrant monkies at the other; that was, when their precise parishioners, termed round heads, would seek out for some spiritual comforts, because they could have none at home, sometimes not in a month together, yet must be excommunicated, derided by uncivil names, and termed puritans, round-heads, spiritual whoremongers, &c. Was not this excellent sport indeed? And surely, such priests, such people, though, God be blessed, not all. These Basilisks could suffer the sabbath to be profaned, by drunkards, players, wakes, morrice-dancers, May-poles, and what not, and by authority too; much more might be spoken onthis subject; but enough of these vipers, and too much too: I have others as bad to shew you, and will leave these to the justice and prudence of the parliament. Take them, Derrick.
The next we present you, are a crew of flying dragons, that have many wings, right wings, and left wings, and double faces, that can soon face about, be here and there, and every where to do mischief, plunder, ravish, fire, and the like.
Cryer. Call Prince Rupert to the bar: Thou hast been a right flying dragon prince, and hast flew strangely up and down in this island, and hast stung to death those that formerly preserved thy life. O ungrateful viper, far worse than that in the fable! Dost not thou think to be sainted for this? Yes, thou shalt in this black calendar: the commons of England will remember thee, thou flap-dragon, thou butter-box; whose impieties draw, like the powerful load-stone. Speedy vengeance on thy cursed head? How many towns hast thou fired? How many virgins hast thou defloured? How many godly ministers hast thou killed? How many hast thou plundered from his Majesty's best and most obedient subjects? How many innocents hast thou slain? How many cursed oaths hast thou belched out against God and his people? How hast thou surfeited with the good things of our land, and undone whole counties? Why camest thou hither? Could not thy uncle's evil counsel infect our kingdom enough, unless thou hadst a share in it? Thou hadst a dukedom already, and wouldest thou have a kingdom too? It is that thou aimest at? King of Ireland, or King of his Majesty's best subjects the Irish rebels, the papists, jesuits, and others: Yes thou shalt have a kingdom, and pimps instead of preachers, wenches for thy privy-counsellors, a black pot for thy scepter, or a white pot for thy crown; and shalt make laws accordingly, wholesome laws I'l warrant you. Thou hast had but scurvy luck lately, I cannot pity thee, at Marston Moor, where thy highness was soundly cudgelled into the bean-field, and hadst time to write the elegy of thy dog in direful tears, curses, and execrations; Prince, have a care, thou mayest be next, ingratitude never speeds better, and so farewell, and be-Take him, Garret.
Call Prince Maurice to the bar, a dancing dragon, that hath danced fairly after the lewd measures of his ungodly brother, in firing houses, and killing of godly ministers, deflouring of virgins, murdering his Majesty's best subjects, and plundering and undoing the kingdom: