Bibliotheca Gloucestrensis: a Collection of Scarce and Curious Tracts: Relating to the County and City of Gloucester; Illustrative Of, and Published During the Civil War

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John Washbourn
author, 1825 - Gloucestershire (England) - 456 pages

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Page cxxii - Olympian games or Pythian fields; Part curb their fiery steeds, or shun the goal With rapid wheels, or fronted brigades form. As when, to warn proud cities, war appears Waged in the troubled sky, and armies rush To battle in the clouds, before each van Prick forth the aery knights, and couch their spears, Till thickest legions close ; with feats of arms From either end of heaven the welkin burns.
Page cxxiii - Come, my boys, my brave boys, let us pray heartily and fight heartily. I will run the same fortunes and hazards with you. Remember, the cause is for God, and for the defence of yourselves, your wives, and children. Come, my honest brave boys, prayheartily and fight heartily, and God will bless us.
Page cxxi - WHEN civil dudgeon first grew high, And men fell out they knew not why ; When hard words, jealousies, and fears, Set folks together by the ears...
Page lv - Within less than the time prescribed, together with the trumpeter, returned two citizens from the town, with lean, pale, sharp, and bad visages ; indeed, faces so strange and unusual, and in such a garb and posture, that at once made the most severe countenance!!
Page cxli - ... that he would not deceive or cozen them by the perplexed and involved expressions in his commission, to fight for king and parliament;" and therefore told them, " that if the king chanced to be in the body of the enemy that he was to charge, he would as soon discharge his pistol upon him, as any other private person; and if their conscience would not permit them to do the like, he advised them not to list themselves in his troop, or under his command...
Page 26 - Gloucester, unto his majesty's gracious message, return this humble answer: that we do keep this city, according to our oaths and allegiance, to and for the use of his majesty and his royal posterity; and do accordingly conceive ourselves wholly bound to obey the commands of his majesty, signified by both houses of parliament, and are resolved, by God's help, to keep this city accordingly...
Page 25 - ... assure them, in the word of a king, that they, nor any of them, shall receive the least damage or prejudice by our army in their persons or estates ; but that we will appoint such a governor, and a moderate garrison to reside there, as shall be both for the ease and security of that city and that whole county.
Page lv - The men, without any circumstances of duty, or good manners, in a pert, shrill, undismayed accent, said, " they had brought an answer from the godly city of Gloucester to the king...
Page 67 - ... sentinels set, the Governor called a council of war, acquainted the officers with the plot, and gave orders that citizens and soldiers should that night continue in arms ; three pieces of ordnance were drawn to the Westgate, and four stout men were placed in a boat under the main arch of Over's Bridge, with direction, that upon the firing of the first ordnance, they should cut a cable rope, and the arch would then fall into the river. Thus...
Page 231 - Thy right hand, O Lord, Is become glorious in power : Thy right hand, O Lord, Hath dashed in pieces the enemy.

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