« 上一頁繼續 »
sir.ce the English name was ever heard of, it never that the whole nation had given, and all private received so great and so infamous a blow as un- capitulations which himself had made, as the nader the imprudent conduct of this unlucky Paus- tion's general and servant, that can be found out tus; and herein let me admire the justice of (I believe) in all history, from any of the most God in this circumstance, that they who had barbarous generals of the most barbarous people. enslaved their country (thongh a great army, Which, because it has been most excellently and which I wish may be observed by ours with trem- most largely laid open by a whole book written bling) should be so shamefully defeated by the upon that subject, I shall only desire you here to hands of forty slaves. It was very ridiculous to see remember the thing in general, and to be pleased how prettily they endeavoured to hide this ignomi- to look upon that author, when you would recolny under the great name of the Conquest of Ja- lect all the particulars and circumstances of the maica; as if a defeated army should have the iniquity. The other design, of raising a present impudence to brag afterwards of the victory, be- sum of money, which he violently pursued, but cause, though they had fled out of the field of durst not put in execution, was by the calling in battle, yet they quartered that night in a village and establishment of the Jews at London ; from of the enemy's. The war with Spain was a ne- which he was rebuked by the universal outcry of cessary consequence of this folly; and how the divines,and even of the citizens too,who took it much we have gotten by it let the custom-house | ill, that a considerable number at least amongst and exchange inform you ; and, if ne please to themselves were not thought Jews enough by boast of the taking a part of the silver fleet, their own Herod. And for this design, they say, (which indeed nobody else but he, who was the he invented (oh Antichrist ! Ilomzèv and ó Ilongès ! sole gainer, has cause to do) at least, let him to sell St. Paul's to them for a synagogue, if their give leave to the rest of the nation (which is the purses and devotions could have reach'd to the only loser) to complain of the loss of twelve hun- purchase. And this indeed, if he had done only dred of her ships.
to reward that nation, which had given the first “But because it may here perhaps be answered, noble example of crucifying their king, it might that his successes nearer home have extinguished have had some appearance of gratitude: but he the disgrace of so remote miscarriages, and that did it only for love of their mammon; and would Dunkirk ought more to be remembered for his have sold afterwards for as much more St. Peter's glory, than St. Domingo for his disadvantage; (even at his own Westminster) to the Turks for a I must confess, as to the honour of the English mosquito. Such was his extraordinary piety to God, courage, that they were not wanting upon that that he desired he might be worshipped in all occasion (excepting only the fault of serving at manners, excepting only that heathenish way of least indirectly against their master) to the up- the Common-prayer book. But what do I speak holding of the renowu of their warlike ancestors.
of his wicked inventions for getting money ; But for his particular share of it, who sate still when every penny, that for almost five years he at home, and exposed them so frankly abroad, I took every day from every man living in England, can only say, that, for less money than he in the Scotland, and Ireland, was as much robbery, as short time of his reign exacted from his fellow- if it had been taken by a thief upon the highsubjects, some of our former princes (with the ways ? Was it not so? or can any man think daily hazard of their own persons) have added that Cromwell, with the assistance of his forces to the dominion of England, not only one town, and moss-troopers, had more right to the combut even a greater kingdom than itself. And | mand of all men's purses, than he might have this being all considerable as concerning his en- had to any one's whom he had met and been too terprizes abroad, let us examine in the next strong for upon a road? Anil yet, when this place, how much we owe him for his justice and came, in the case of Mr.Coney3, to be disputed by good government at home.
a legal trial, he (which was the highest act of ty“And, first, be found the commonwealth (as they ranny that ever was seen in England) not only then called it) in a ready stock of about 800,000 discouraged and threatened, but violently impripounds; he left the commonwealth (as he had soped the counsel of the plaintiff'; that is, he the impudent raillery still to call it) some two shut up the law itself a close prisoner, that no millions and an half in debt. He found our trade man might have relief from, or access to it, very much decayed indeed, in comparison of the And it ought to be remembered, that this was golden times of our late princes; be left it as done by those men, who a few years before had much again more decayed than he found it : so bitterly decried, and openly opposed, the king's and yet not only no prince in England, but no regular and formal way of proceeding in the trial tyrant in the world, ever sought out more base or of a little ship-money. infamous means to raise monies. I shall only But, though we lost the benefit of our old instance in one that he put in practice, and ano- courts of justice, it cannot be denied that he set ther that he attempted, but was frighted from the up new ones; and such as they were, that as no execution (even he) by the infamy of it. That virtuous prince before would, so no ill one dursi, which he put in practice was decimation ? ; which erect. What, have we lived so many hundred was the most impudent breach of all public faith years under such a form of justice as has been
able regularly to punish all men that offended ? By decimation, is here meant, not the putting against it; and is it so deficient just now, that to death of every tenth man (which is the usual we must seek out new ways how to proceed sense of this term), but the levying of the tenth penny on the estates of the Royalists. The word 3 Which the reader may see in lord Clarenis so used by sir John Denbam. Hurd,
don, II. R. vol. iii. fol. p. 596. HURD.
against offenders? The reason, which can only day, you should see him ranting so wildly, that be given in nature for a necessity of this, is, be- nobody durst come near him: to morrow, flinging cause those things are now made crimes, which of cushions, and playing at snow balls, with his were never esteemed so in former ages; and there servants. This month, he assembles a parliamust needs be a new court set up to punish that, ment, and professes himself with humble tears which all the old ones were bound to protect and to be only their servant and their minister; the reward. But I am so far from declaiming (as you next month, he swears by the living God, that call it) against these wickednesses (which if I he will turn them out of doors, and he does so, should undertake to do, I should never get to the in bis princely way of threatening, bidding them, peroration), that you see I only give a hint of “Turn the buckles of their girdies behind them.” some few, and pass over the rest, as things that the representative of whole, nay of three wbole are too many to be numbered, and must only nations, was in his esteem so contemptible a be weighed in gross, Let any man show me (for, meeting, that he thought the affronting and exthough I pretend not to much reading, I will pelling of them to be a thing of so little consedefy him in all history) let any man show me quence, as not to deserve that he should advise (I say) an example of any nation in the world with any mortal man about it. What shall we (though much greater than ours) where there call this? boldness or brutishness? rashness or have, in the space of four years, been made phrensy? There is no name can come up to it; so many prisoners, only out of the endless jea- and therefore we must leave it without one. lousies of one tyrant's guilty imagination. Now a parliament must be chosen in the new grant you, that Marius and Sylla, and the ac- manuer, next time in the old form, but all cashcursed triumvirate after them, put more people iered still after the newest mode. Now he will to death ; but the reason, I think, partly was, govern by major-generals, now by one house, because in those times that had a mixture of some now by another house, now by no house; now honour with their madness, they thought it a the freak takes him, and he makes seventy peers more civil revenge against a Roman, to take away of the land at one clap (extempore, and stans his life, than to take away his liberty. But truly pede in uno); and, to manifest the absolute in the point of murder too, we have little reason power of the potter, he chooses not only the to think that our late tyranny has beeu deficient to worst clay he could find, but picks up even the the examples that have ever been set it in other dirt and mire, to form out of it his vessels of countries. Our judges and our courts of justice honour. It was said anciently of Fortune, that, have not been idle: and, to omit the whole reign when she had a mind to be merry and to divert of our late king (till the beginning of the war), herself, she was vont to raise up such kind of in which no drop of blood was ever drawn but people to the highest dignities. This son of Forfrom two or three ears, I think the longest tune, Cromwell, (who was himself one of the time of our worst princes scarce saw many primest of her jests) found out the true haut goust more executions, than the short one of our of this pleasure, and rejoiced in the extravagance blest reformer. And we saw, and smelt in our of his ways, as the fullest demonstration of his open streets (as I marked to you at first) the uncontroulable sovereignty. Good God! What broiling of human bowels as a burnt-offering of a bave we seen? and what have we suffered ? what sweet savour to our idol ; but all murdering, and do all these actions signify? what do they say all torturing (though after the subtilest invention aloud to the whole nation, but this (eren as of his predecessors of Sicily) is more humane and plainly as if it were proclaimed by heralds through more supportable, than his selling of Christians, the streets of London), “ You are slaves and Englishmen, gentlemen; his selling of them (qh fools, and so I will use you!" monstrous! oh incredible) to be slaves in America. “ These are briefly a part of those merits which If his whole life could be reproached with no you lament to have wanted the reward of more other action, yet thiş alone would weigh down all kingdoms, and suppose that, if be had lived the multiplicity of crimes in any of our tyrants ; longer, he might have had them: which I am sa and I dare only touch, without stopping or insist far from concurring to, that I believe his seasoning upon, so insolent and so execrable a cruelty, able dying to have been a greater good-fortune for fear of falling into so violent (though a just) to him, than all the victories and prosperities of passion, as would make me exceed that temper his life. For he seemed evidently (methinks) ta and moderation, which I resolve to observe in be near the end of his deceitful glories; his own this discourse with you.
army grew at last as weary of him as the rest of “ These are great calamities; but even these the people; and I never passed of late before his are not the most insupportable that we have en- palace (his, do I call it? I ask God and the king dured; for so it is, that the scorn, and mockery, pardon) but I never passed of late before Whiteand insultings of an enemy, are more painful hall, without reading upon the gate of it, “Mene than the deepeșt wounds of his serious fury. Mene, Tekel Upharsins." But it pleased God This man was wanton and merry (unwittily and to take him from the ordinary courts of men, and ungracefully merry) with our sufferings: he juries of his peers, to his own high court of justice; loved to say and do senseless and fantastical which being more merciful than ours below, there things, only to show his power of doing or saying is a little room yet left for the hope of his friends, any thing It would ill befit mine, or any civil if he have any ; though the outward unrepentance mouth, to repeat those words which he spoke of his death afford but small materials for the concerning the most sacred of our English laws, work of charity, especially if he designed even the Petition of Right, and Magna Charta 4. To then to entail his own injustice upon his children, In the case of Coney, before mentioned.
Dan, ¥. 25,
and, by it, inextricable confusions and civil wars Hence, coward fears; for the first blood so spilt, upon the nation. But here 's at last an end of As a reward he the first city built. him. And where 's now the fruit of all that 'Twas a beginning generous and high, blood and calamity, which his ambition has cost Fit for a grand-child of the Deity. the world? Where is it? Why, his son (you will so well advanc'd, 'twas pity here he staid ! say) has the whole crop: I doubt, he will find One step of glory more he should have made, it quickly blasted ; I have nothing to say against And to the utmost bounds of greatness gone; the gentleman', or any living of his family; on Had Adam too been kill'd, he might have reign'd the contrary, I wish him better fortune than to
alone. have a long and unquiet possession of his master's One brother's death, what do I mean to name, inheritance. Whatsoever I have spoken against A small oblation to revenge and fame? his father, is that which I should have thought | The mighty soul'd Abimelec, to shew (though decency, perhaps, might have hindered | What for high place a higher spirit can do, me from saying it) even against mine own, if I A hecatoinb almost of brethren slew, had been so unbappy, as that mine, by the same And seventy times in nearest blood he dy'd ways, should have left me three kingdoms." (To make it hold) his royal purple pride.
Here I stopt; and my pretended protector, Why do I name the lorrily creature man? who, I expected, would have been very angry, The weak, the mild, the coward wornan, can, fell a laughing; it seems at the simplicity of my When to a crown she cuts her sacred way, discourse, for thus he replied: “ You seem to All that oppose with manlike courage slay. pretend extremely to the old obsolete rules of So Athaliah, when she saw her son, virtue and conscience, which makes me doubt
And with his life her dearer greatness, gone, very much whether from this vast prospect of With a majestic fury slaughter'd all three kingdoms you can show me any acres of Whom high-birth might to high pretences calls your own. But these are so far from making you Since he was dead who all her power sụstain'd, a prince, that I am afraid your friends will never Resolv'd to reign alone; resolv'd, and reign'd. have the contentment to see you so much as a In vain her sex, in vain the laws, withstood, justice of peace in your own country. For this, In vain the sacred plea of David's blood; I perceive, which you call virtue, is nothing else A noble and a bold contention, she but either the frowardness of a Cynic, or the one woman) undertook with Destiny, laziness of an Epicurean. I am glad you allow She topluck down, Destiny to uphold me at least artful dissimulation and unwearied (?blig'd by holy oracles of old) diligence in my hero; and I assure you, that he, The great Jessaan race on Judah's throne; whose life is constantly drawn by those two, sball Till 'twas at last an equal wager grown, never be misled out of the way of greatness. But Scarce Fate, with much ado, the better got by one. I see you are a perlant and Platonical statesman, Tell me not, she herself at last was slain ; a theoretical commonwealth’s-man, an Utopian Did she not, first seren years (a life-time,) reign: dreamer. Was ever riches gotten by your golden Seven royal years t' a public spirit will seem mediocrities? or the supreme place attained to More than the private life of a Methusalem. by virtues that must not stir out of the middle? 'Tis godlike to be great ; and, as they say, Do you study Aristotle's politics, and write, if | A thousand years to God are but a day, you please, comments upon them: and let ano- So a man, when once a crown he wears, ther b'it practise Machiavel: and let us see then | The coronation-day's more than a thousand which of you two will come to the greatest preferment. If the desire of rule and superiority be a virtue (as sure I am it is more imprinted in He would have gone on, I perceived, in his human nature than any of your lethargical morals; blasphemies, but that by God's grace I became and what is the virtue of any creature, but the so bold, as thus to interrupt him :“ understand exercise of those powers and inclinations which now perfectly (which I guessed at long before) God has infused into it !) if that (I say) be virtue, what kind of angel and protector you are; and, we ought not to esteem any thing vice, which is though your style in verse be very much meuded the most proper, if not the only, means of attain- since you were wont to deliver oracles, yet your ing of it:
doctrine is much worse than ever you had former,
ly (that I heard of) the face to publish ; whether It is a truth so certain, and so clear,
your long practice with mankind has increased That to the first-born man it did appear ; and improved your malice, or whether you think Did not the mighty heir, the noble Cain, us in this age to be grown so impudently wicked, By the fresh laws of Nature taught, disdain' that there needs no more art or disguises to draw That (though a brother) any one should be us to your party.' A greater favourite to God than he ?
“ My dominion (said he hastily, and with a He strook bim down ; and so (said he) so fell dreadful furious look) is so great in this world, The sheep, which thou didst sacrifice so well. and I am so powerful a monarch of it, that I need Since all the fullest sheaves, which I could bring, not be ashamed that you should know me; and, Since all were blasted in the offering, Lest God should my next victim too despise, 7 This compliment was intended, not so much The acceptable priest I 'll sacrifice,
to the foregoing, as to the following verses ; of
which the author had reason to be proud, but, 6 A remarkable testimony to the blameless as being delivered in his own person, could pot sa character of Richard Cromwell,
properly make the paneygric; HURD.
that you may see I know you too, I know you to Across his breast an azure ruban went, be an obstinate and inveterate malignant; and for At which a medal hung, that did present, that reason I shall take you along with me to the In wondrous living figures, to the sight, next garrison of ours; from whence you shall go to The mystic champion's, and old dragon's fight; the Tower, and from thence to the court of justice, and from his mantle's side there shone afar, and from thence you know whither.” I was almost A fix'd and, I believe, a real star. in the very pounces of the great bird of prey : In his fair band (wbat need was there of more?)
No arms, but th’English bloody cross he bore, When, lo, ere the last words were fully spoke, Which when he tow'rds th' affrighted tyrant bent, From a fair cloud which rather op'd than broke, And some few words pronounc'd (but what they A flash of light, rather than lightning, came,
meant, So swift, and yet so gentle, was the flame. Or were, could not, alas ! by me be known, Upon it rode (and, in his full carier,
Only, I well perceiv'd, Jesus was one) Seem'd to my eyes no sooner there than here) | He trembled, and he roar'd, and fled away The comeliest youth of all th' angelic race; Mad to quit thus his more than hop'd-for prey. Lovely his shape, ineffable his face.
Such rage inflames the wolf's wild heart and The frowns, with which he strook the trembling eyes fiend,
(Robb’d, as he thinks unjustly, of his prize) All smiles of human beauty did transcend ; Whom unawares the shepherd spies, and draws His beams of locks fell part dishevell’d down, The bleating lamb from out his ravenous jaws: Part upwards curl’d, and form’d a natural crown, The shepherd fain bimself would he assail, Such as the British monarchs us’d to wear; But fear above his hunger does prevail, If gold might be compar'd with angels' hair. He knows his foe too strong, and must be gone; His coat and flowing mantle were so bright, He grins, as he looks back, and howls as he goas They seem'd both made of woveu silver light :
BY WAY OF ESSAYS,
VERSE AND PROSE.
too after a forfeiture made by the rebellion of
Adam. He takes so much care for the entire OF LIBERTY.
preservation of it, to us, that he suffers neither
his providence nor eternal decree to break or inThe liberty of a people consists in being govern- fringe it. Now for our time, the same God, to ed by laws which they have made themselves, whom we are but tenants at will for the whole, under whatsoever form it be of government: the requires but the seventh part to be paid to him, as liberty of a private man, in being master of his a small quit-rent, in acknowledgment of his own time and actions, as far as may consist with title. It is man only that has the impudence to the laws of God and of his country. Of this latter demand our whole time, though he never gave it, only we are here to discourse, and to enquire nor can restore it, nor is able to pay any consiwhat estate of life does best seat us in the posses-derable value for the least part of it. This birthsion of it. This liberty of our own actions, is such right of mankind above all other creatures, some a fundamental privilege of human nature, that are forced by hunger to sell, like Esau, for bread God himself, notwithstanding all his infinite power and broth: but the greatest part of men make and right over us, permits us to enjoy it, and that sucb a bargain for the delivery-up of themselves,
as Thamar did with Judah ; instead of a kid, the scribe the character which Cicero 4 gives of this necessary provisions for human life, they are con- noble slave, because it is a general description of tented to do it for rings and bracelets. The great all ambitious men, and which Machiavel perhaps dealers in this world may be divided into the am- would say ought to be the rule of their life and acbitious, the covetous, and the voluptuous ; and tions : that all these men sell themselves to be slaves “ This man (says he, as most of you may well though to the vulgar it may seem a stoical para- remember) had many artificial touches and dox, will appear to the wise so plain and obvious, strokes, that looked like the beauty of great virthat they will scarce think it deserves the labour tues; his intimate conversation was with the of argumentation.
worst of men, and yet he seemed to be an adLet us first consider the ambitious; and those, mirer and lover of the best ; he was furnished with both in their progress to greatness, and after the all the nets of lust and luxury, and yet wanted not attaining of it. There is nothing truer than what the arms of labour and industry : neither do I beSallust ' says, Dominationis in alios servitium lieve that there was ever any monster of nature, suum mercedem dant; they are content to pay composed out of so many different and disagreeing so great a price, as their own servitude, to pur- parts. Who more acceptable, sometimes, to the chase the domination over others. The first most honourable persons: who more a favourite thing they must resolve to sacrifice, is their whole to the most infamous ? who, sometimes, appeared time; they must never stop, nor ever turn aside a braver champion ; who; at other times, a bolder whilst they are in the race of glory, no not like enemy to his countrey ? who more dissolute in Atalanta for golden apples. Neither indeed can his pleasures? who more patient in his toils ? who a man stop himself if he would when he is in this more rapacious in robbing? who more profuse in career:
giving? Above all things, this was remarkable and
admirable in him, the arts he had to acquire the Fertur equis auriga, neque audit currus habe- good opinion and kindness of all sorts of men, to
retain it with great complaisance, to communicate
all things to them, to watch and serve all the ocPray, let us but consider a little, what means casions of their fortune, both with his money, and servile things men do for this imaginary food. his interest, and his industry; and, if need were, We cannot fetch a greater example of it, than not by sticking at any wickedness whatsoever that from the chief men of that nation which boasted might be useful to them, to bend and turn about most of liberty. To what pitiful baseness did his own nature and laveer with every wind : to the noblest Romans submit themselves, for the live severely with the melancholy, merrily with the obtaining of a pretorship, or the consular digni- pleasant, gravely with the aged, wantonly with ty! They put on the habit of suppliants, and ran the young, desperately with the bold, and de. about on foot, and in dirt, through all the tribes, bauchedly with the luxurious: with this variety to beg voices; they flattered the poorest arti- and multiplicity of his nature-as he had made sans; and carried a nomenclator with them, to a collection of friendships with all the most wickwhisper in their ear every man's name, lest they ed and restless of all nations ; so, by the artificial should mistake it in their salutations; they simulation of some virtues, he made a shift to enshook the hand and kissed the cheek of every share some honest and eminent persons into his popular tradesman ; they stood all day at every familiarity. Neither could so vast a design as market in the public places, to show and ingrati- the destruction of this empire have been underate themselves to the rout; they employed all taken by him, if the immanity of so many vices their friends to solicit for them ; they kept open had not been covered and disguised by the aptables in every street ; they distributed wine,and pearances of some excellent qualities.” bread, and money, even to the vilest of the peo- I see, methinks, the character of an Antiple. En Romanos rerum dominos 3 ! Behold | Paul, “ who became all things to att men,” that the masters of the world begging from door to he might destroy all; who only wanted the asdoor! This particular humble way of greatness sistance of fortune, to have been as great as his is now out of fashion ; but yet every ambitious friend Cæsar was a little after him. And the person is still in some sort a Roman candidate. ways of Cæsar to compass the same ends (I mean He must feast and bribe, and attend and flatter, till the civil war, which was but another manner and adore many beasts, though not the beast of setting his country on fire) were not unlike with many heads. Catiline, who was so proud that these, though he used afterwards his unjust dohe could not content himself with a less power minion with more moderation than I think the than Sylla's, was yet so humble, for the attaining other would have done. Sallust therefore, who of it, as to make himself the most contemptible of was well acquainted with them both, and with ali servants; to be a public bawd, to provide many such like gentlemen of his time, sayss, whores,and something worse for all the young gen- “ that it is the nature of ambition, to make men tlemen of Rome, whose hot lusts and courages, Iyars and cheaters; to hide the truth in their and heads, he i hought he might make use of. / breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in And since I happen here to propose Catiline for their mouths: to cut all friendships and enmimy instance (though there be thousand of exam- ties to the measure of their own interest ; and to ples for the same thing) gire me leave to tran- make a good countenance without the help of a
good will.” And can there be freedom with this "Fragm. ed. Mattaire, p. 116.
perpetual constraint? what is it but a kind of • Virg. Georg. i. 514. 3 Virg. Æn, i. 282
+ Orat. pro. M. Cælio. 3 De Bell. Catil. c. X