Remember

REMEMBER. But here, O Lord, we offer unto Thee all possible praise and thanks for all the glory of Thy grace that shined forth in Thine anointed, our late Sovereign, and that Thou wert pleased to own him (this day, especially) in the midst of his enemies and in the hour of his death, and […]

Always Craving

St. Paul has ranked even personal liberty, liberty opposed to the condition of a slave, among other temporal blessings, as an object, comparatively speaking, below the serious concern of a redeemed immortal being. “Art thou called being a slave? care not for it: but even if thou mayest be made free, put up with it […]

This Unhappy Warre

For Thou, O Lord, seest clearly through all the cloudings of humane affaires; Thou judgest without prejudice: Thy Omniscience eternally guides thy unerrable Judgement. O my God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soule, and have not set Thee before their eyes. Consider My enemies, […]

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 […]

Grieved Subjects

We shall demand nothing of the King’s Majesty but the settling and securing of the true Religion and Liberties of this Kingdom, according to the Constitutions and Acts of the late Assemblies and Parliament, and what a just Prince oweth by the Laws of God and the Country to his grieved Subjects, coming before him […]

True Son of Our Dear Mother

KING CHARLES THE MARTYR This is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 1 Peter ii. 19. Praise to our pardoning God! though silent now The thunders of the deep prophetic sky, Though in our sight no powers of darkness bow Before th’ Apostles’ glorious company; The Martyrs’ noble army […]

Attachment to the Cause of Our Injured King

It is easy enough, no doubt, for any one who is so inclined, to neutralize all that the Church can say, by a dexterous use of party-feeling: easy, to call it a device of the State for upholding a particular set of opinions. But the matter may be brought to a short issue. If attachment […]

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. […]

A Gentle and Generous Mode of Conduct

Be your holiness persuaded that I am, and ever shall be, of such moderation as to keep aloof, as far as possible, from every undertaking which may testify any hatred towards the Roman Catholic religion. Nay, rather I will seize all opportunities, by a gentle and generous mode of conduct, to remove all sinister suspicions […]

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 […]