An Historical and Critical Account of the Life of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland

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A. Millar, 1762 - 543 pages


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Page 47 - What recks it them? What need they? They are sped; And when they list, their lean and flashy songs Grate on their scrannel pipes of wretched straw ; The hungry sheep look up and are not fed, But swoln with wind and the rank mist they draw, Rot inwardly and foul contagion spread; Besides what the grim wolf with privy paw Daily devours apace, and nothing said. But that two-handed engine at the door Stands ready to smite once and smite no more.
Page 40 - CROMWELL, our chief of men, who through a cloud Not of war only, but detractions rude, Guided by faith and matchless fortitude, To peace and truth thy glorious way hast ploughed...
Page 28 - His linen was plain, and' not very clean ; and I remember a speck or two of blood upon his little band, which was not much larger than his collar. His hat was without a hatband ; his stature was of a good size ; his sword stuck close to his side, his countenance swollen and reddish, his voice sharp and untunable, and his eloquence full of fervour.
Page 110 - I speak here to our own faces is but what others do utter abroad behind our backs. I am far from reflecting on any ; I know the worth of those commanders, members of both Houses, who are yet in power...
Page 91 - You ken vary weel the accord twixt the twa kingdoms, and the union by the solemn league and covenant ; and if any be an incendiary between the twa nations, how he is to be proceeded against. Now the matter is, wherein we desire your opinions, what you tak the meaning of this word incendiary...
Page 61 - Parliament, and conferring together upon the state of affairs, the other told him, [Hyde,] and said, ' that they must now be of another temper than they were the last Parliament ; that they must not only sweep the house clean below, but must pull down all the cobwebs which hung in the top and corners, that they might not breed dust and so make a foul house hereafter; that they had now an opportunity to make their country happy, by removing all grievances and pulling up the causes of them by the roots,...
Page 93 - Churches ; and we shall endeavour to bring the Churches of God in the three kingdoms to the nearest conjunction and uniformity in religion...
Page 416 - But what more oft in nations grown corrupt, And by their vices brought to servitude, Than to love bondage more than liberty, Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty; And to despise, or envy, or suspect Whom GOD hath of His special favour raised As their deliverer?
Page 322 - Sir, we have heard what you did at the House in the morning, and before many hours all England will hear it : but, Sir,, you are mistaken to think that the Parliament is dissolved ; for no power under heaven can dissolve them but themselves : therefore take you notice of that.
Page 30 - In the end, his whole carriage was so tempestuous, and his behaviour so insolent, that the chairman found himself obliged to reprehend him; and to tell him, if he proceeded in the same manner, he would presently adjourn the committee, and the next morning complain to the house of him ; which he never forgave ; and took all occasions afterwards to pursue him with the utmost malice and revenge, to his death.

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