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.66 We have already shewed, that “ episcopacy, and the evils thereof, are “mingled like water and oil; we “ have also, in part, fevered them ; “ but I believe you will find, that “ our laws and the present government “ of the church are mingled like wine “ and water; fo inseparable, that the “ abrogation of, at least, a hundred of “our laws is defired in these petitions. “ I have often heard a noble answer of “ the Lords, commended in this house, “ to a proposition of like nature, but “ of less consequence; they gave no “ other reason of their refusal but this, “ Nolumus mutare Leges Anglie: it was “ the bishops who fo answered then; “ and it would become the dignity and
os wif« wisdom of this house to answer the “ people, now, with a Nolumus mutare.
.“ I see some are moved with a num.“ ber of hands against the bishops ;
« which, I confess, rather inclines me “ to their defence : for I look upon “ episcopacy as a counterscarp, or out" work; which, if it be taken by this " affault of the people, and, withall, “ this mystery once revealed, That we “ must deny then nothing when they ask “ it thus in troops, we may, in the next “ place, have as hard a task to defend
our property, as we have lately had “ to recover it from the Prerogative. “ If, by multiplying hands and peti* tions, they prevail for an equality in “ things ecclesiastical, the next demand
“ perhaps may be Lex Agraria, the like “ equality in things temporal.
- The Roman story tells us, That “ when the people began to flock about “ the senate, and were more curious to “ direct and know what was done, than “ to obey, that Commonwealth foon “ came to ruin : their Legem rogare grew “ quickly to be a Legem ferre; and af“ ter, when their legion's had found that “ they could make a Dictator, they ne66 ver suffered the fenate to have a voice “ any more in such election. . “ If these great innovations proceed, “ I shall expect a flat and level in learn“ing too, as well as in church-prefer« ments: Honos alit Artes. And though “ it be true, that grave and pious men
“ do study for learning-fake, and em“ brace virtue for itfelf; yet it is as “ true, that youth, which is the season “ when learning is gotten, is not with" out ambition ; nor will ever take pains " to excell in any thing, when there is “not some hope of excelling others in " reward and dignity.
“ There are two reasons chiefly al“ leged against our church-govern• ment. . “ First, Scripture, which, as some “ men think, points out another form.
“ Second, The abuses of the present “ superiors.. . “ For Scripture, I will not dispute it “ in this place; but I am confident “that, whenever an equal division of « lands and goods shall be defired, there “ will be as many places in Scripture “ found out, which seem to favour that, " as there are now alleged againft the “ prelacy or preferment in the church.. “ And, as for abuses, where you are “ now, in the Remonftrance, told, what " this and that poor man hath fuffered “ by the bishops, you may be pre“ fented with a thoufand instances of “poor men that have received hard “ meafure from their landlords; and “ of worldly goods abused, to the in-“ jury of others, and disadvantage of " the owners.