Cromwell, Lincoln, and Virginia

Cromwell, Lincoln and Virginia. When Oliver Cromwell was installed Protector of England, the Commonwealth of Virginia refused to acknowledge his authority. The English Commonwealth was then at the height of its power, and, at its head, one who was admirably described by Bossuet as “a man of an incredible depth of thought; as profound a […]

The White King’s Chastened Soul

CHARLES I. AN OLD HARPER’S TALE. The tide of time hath swept the land, and the blight of blackened grain Lies withered, and ungarnered, that encumbered England’s plain; The sowers cast the seeds of death, and reaped with blood-stained sword, That day they sent the white king’s soul to meet their Judge and Lord. I knew him in his youth, my Lords! and loved his winsome ways, The scholars’ or the artists’ taste for quiet and restful days; I said ‘Tis well for England’s […]

The Crying Bloud of Our Pious Souveraigne

Speech of Sir Wm. Berkeley before the Grand Assembly in Virginia, March 1651 (1650/51). GENTLEMEN you perceave by the Declaration that the men of Westminster have set out, which I beleeve you have all seene, how they meane to deal with you hereafter, who in the time of their wooing and courting you propound such hard Conditions to be performed […]

King Charles the Martyr

I must tell you that the liberty and freedom [of the people] consists in having of Government, those laws by which their life and their goods may be most their own. It is not for having share in Government, Sir; that is nothing pertaining to them. A subject and a sovereign are clean different things. […]

Multiplyed, Corrupted and Debaucht

And now to gather up all, Religion being thus multiplyed, corrupted and debaucht, being made the Game of the Tongue, and the Frolick of Imagination; phantastick in its principles, sordid in its practices, separated from the foundation of a vertuous life, and made to serve the ends of Pride and Avarice; what was like to […]