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Why far their own defence gire no supply, |All sacred names of most divine esteem,
Bat set the crown's prerogative mult buy: And to perfection all sustain'd by him;
ir monarch's right to violate Wise, juit, and constant, courtly without art,
Ale kedful were, than to preserve the state ! Swift to discern and to reward defert;
Fra pekat dagers toey divert their care,

No hour of his in fruitlets ease destroy'd,
ind all their fears are of the royal heir; But on the noblest subjects itill employd :
Whoa now the reigning malice of his foes, Whose steady soul ne'er learnt to separate
l'ajudg dwoulientence andere crown'd depose; Between his monarch's int'rest and the state;
Region the preteace, but their decree But heaps those blessings on the royal head,
To ar kis ragn, whate'er his faith Mall be ! Which he well knows must be on subjects thed.
By Embedres and can'rous crowds thus prest, On what pretence could then the vulgar rae
What robuss rent the righteous David's breaft! Against his worth and native rights engage :
W59 kross ut how t' oppose or to comply, Religious fears their argument are made,
l'est to g20:, and dangʻrous to deny! Religious fears his facred rights invade!
E* gear in töis duk junérure Israel's fate, Of future superstition they complain,
5633€ pere ope fole expedient could create, And Jebusitic worship in his reign :
Waxci vet te extremelt virtue did require, With such alarms his foes the crowd deceive,
Ex qui bat prince whole downfalltheyconfpire! With dangers frightwhichnotthemselves buli ve.
Ha bleece Duvid does with tears advise Since nothing can our sacred rights remove;
I agree their rage: undaunted he complies. Whate'er the faith of the succeffor prove:
Tzu be abs, prodigal of blood and ease, Our Jews their ark thall undisturb’d retain,
dwa life exposid to winds and seas, At least while their religion is their gain ;
As cane scatending with the waves and fire, Who know, by old experience, Baal's commands
Ax henting danger in the wars of Tyre, Not only clain d their conscience but their lands;
Las sus furlakes his native land, TheygrudgeGod's tithes,lowtherefore thallther
Aat, ike an exile, quits the promis'd land! An idol full possession of the field? (yield
Our search foarce from prelling tears refrains, Grant such a prince enthron'd, we must contets
And panfully tis royal state maintains ; The people's sufferings than that monarch's lets,

av embracing on th' extremest thore Who must to bard conditions still be bound, But revokes what he enjoin'd before : Ind for his quiet with the crowd compound; ecades at låt inore trust to be allow'd. Or, should his thoughts to tyranny incline.

cortas zad feas than to the raging crowd! Where are the means to compass the design ? pen, raih Mule, the parting icene to draw, Our crown's revenues are too short a store, e Elence charm'd is deep as theirs that faw! And jealous fanhedrims would give no more, ordy our attending nobles weep,

As vain our fears of Egypt's potent aid, dy failors swell with tears the deep! Not so has Pharaoh learnt ambition's trade; The ide restrain d her course, and more

amaz'a Nor ever with such measures can comply, 1:45a-lars on the royal brothers gaz’d: As shock the common rules of policy; Shile this fole fear

None'dread like him the growth of Israel's king, Des rouble to our suffering hero bring, And he alone sufficient aids can bring ; ketent the popular rage oppress the king ! Who knows that prince to Egypt can give 1?15;

les perting, each fort!'other's danger griev'd, That onour stubborn tribes his yoke could drive, De bore the king, and seas the prince receiva. At such profound expence he has not iteod,

ajar'd hero, while propitious gales, Nor dyed for this his hands sodeep inblood; [i ke, sthy confort's breath, inspire thy fails; Would ne'er thru'wrong and right his progress Viel say the trait her beauties on a food, Grudze his own reft, and keep the world awake, Wiza thy triumphant fleets fo oft have rode! To fix a lawless prince on Juda's throne, Noe ez by reait reclin'd her reft be deep, First to invade our rights, and then his own: Pardlike a Nereid by waves aile(p; His dear-gain d conquests cheaply to despoil, Wis bappieit dreams her fancy entertain, Aud reap the harveits of his crimes and toila And :> Ely can fields convert the main! We grant his wealth valt as our ocean's land, bas

, injur á hero, while the shores of Tyre And curse its fatai influence on our land, At tay approach fu fiient shall adınire, Which our brib'it Jews so ninn'roudly partake,

a thy thunder ftill their thoughts employ, That ev’n an huit his pentioners would make; greet thy landing with a trembling joy. From these receivers our divisions spring, On beroes thus the prophet's fate is thrown, Our weakness, and the growth of Egypt's kings Admir'd by ev'ry nation but their own; These, with pretended friendship to the staics Yet while our factions Jews his worth deny, Our crowd's suspicion of their prince crezt: ; Toeir acting confcience gives their tongue the Both pleasʼd and frighten’d with the specisus cry,

To guard their facred rights and property; Exn in the worst of men the noblest parts To ruin thus the chosen flock are fold, Confes him, and he triumphs in their hearts, while wolves are ta’en for guardians of the fut Whom to his king the best respects comvend Sesluced by these we groundlessly complain, Of subidet, foldier, kin?iman, prince , and friend. And leath the manna ot a gentie reign:

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"Thus our forefathers' crooked paths are trod; Are princes thus distinguish'd from the cro
We trust our prince no more than they their God. And this the privilege of royal blood?
But all in vain our reasoning prophets preach But grantwe shouldconfirm thewrongs they
To those whom sad experience ne'er could teach, His fufferings yet were than the people's le
Who can commence new broils in bleeding Icars, Condemn'u for life the murdering Iword tow
And fresh remembrance of inteftine wars; And on their heirs entail a bloody field:
When the saine household mortal foes did yield, Thus madly their own freedom they berrav
And brothers stain’dwithbrothers'bloodthefield, And for th'oppression which they fear maken
When sons'curst steel the fathers'gore did stain, Succession fix'd by Heaven, the kingdoin's
And mothers mourn'd for fons by fathers slain! Which once diffolv'd admits the flood of w
When thick as Egypt's locusts on the land Walte, rapine, fpoil, without, th'allault bers.
Our tribes lay Naughter'dthro’the promis'd land, And our mad tribes fupplant the fence w :
Whose few survivors with worle fate remain, Since then their good they will not underi
To drag the bondage of a tyrant's reign : "Tis time to take the monarch's pow'r in bi
Which scene of woes, unknowing, we renew, Authority and force to join with tkill,
And madly, ev'n those ills we fear, pursue; And save the lunatics against their will.
While Pharaoh laughs at our domestic broils, The same rough means that'luage the crowd,
And safely crowds his tents with nations' spoils. pease
Yet our fierce fanhedrim in restless rage Our senates raging with the crowd's diseale
Against our absent hero ftill engage ; Henceforth unbials'd mealures let them dr.
And chiefly urge, such did their phrensy prove, From no false gloss, but genuine text of lav
The only suit their prince forbids to move ; Nor urge those crimes upon religion's score
Which till obtain d they cease affairs of itate, Themselves to much in Jebusites abhor.
And real dangers wave for groundless hate. Whom laws convict, and only they, shall ble
Long David's patience waits relief to bring, Nor Pharisees by Pharisees be freed.
With all th' indulgence of a lawful king, Impartial justice from our throne thall show
Expecting till the troubled waves would cease, All thall have right, and we our sov'reign po
But found the raging billows still increase. He faid : th'attendants heard with awful.

The crowd, whole insolence forbearance lwells, And glad prelages their fix'd thoughts emp:
While he forgives too far, almost rebels. Frum Hebron now the suffering heir return
At jaft his deep resentment filence broke, A realm that long with civil dilcord mourn
Th' imperial palace look while thus he spoke : Till his approach, like some arriving God,

Then Justice wake, and Rigour take her time, Compos'a and heal'd the place of his abode For, lo ! our mercy is beco:ne our crime. The'deluge check'd that to Jucea (pread, While halting Punishment her stroke delays, And stopp'd fedition at the fountain's head. Our sovoreign right, heaven's facred trust, decays! Thus in forgiving David's paths he drives, For whose support ev’n subjects' interef calls, And, chas'd from Israel, Israel's peace contri Woe to that kingdom where the monarch falls! The field confefs d his pow'r in arms hefore That prince who yields the least of regal sway, And feas proclaim'd his triumphs to the the So far his people`s freedom does betray. As nobiy baz his fway in Hebron shewn, Right lives by law, and law subfifts by pow'r; How fit't' inherit godlike David's throne. Dilarm the thepherd, wolves the flock devour. Through Sion's streets his glad arrival's fpre llard lot of empire o'er a stubborn race, And conscious faction thrinks her snaky ne : Which Heaven itself in vain has tried with grace! His train their sufferings think o'erpaid, to Whenwillourreason’slong-charn 'deyesunclore, The crowd's applause with virtue once agte And Israel judge between her friends and foes? Success charms all, but zeal for worth distické When shall we fee expired deceivers sway, A virtue proper to the brave and hest; And credit wliat our God and monarchs say? Mongst whom was Jochran, Jothran always te Disembled patriots, bribd with Egypt's gold, To serve the crown, and loyel by defcent; Ev'n fanhedrims in blind obedience hoid; Whose constancy so firm, and conduct jull, Those patriots falsehood in their actions lée, Deserv'd at oncé two royal maiter's truit; And judge by the pernicious fruit the tree; Who Tyre's proud arms had manfully withtice if aught for which fo loudly they declaim, On seas, and gather'd laurels from the floud Religion, laws, and freedom, were their aim; Of learning yet no portion was denied, Our fenates in due methods they had led, Friend to the Muses, and the Muses' pride. Tavoid nosemischiefswhicht hey seem dtodread, Nor can Benaiah's worth forgotten lie, But fi.lt ere yet they propp'd the sinking state, of steady soul when public forms were high T'impeach and charge, as urg'd by private hate; Wholeconduct,whiletbe Moorfierce on lets mu. Provesthat they ne'erbelievodi.cfearsthey pressid, Securd at once our honour and our trade. But barb'roully destroy'd the nation's rest! Such were the chiefs who most his futterin O! whither will ungovern d senates drive,

mournd, And to what hound, isentious votes arrive ? And view'd with filent joy the prince retum When their injustice we are press'd to thare, While thote that fought his abience to betru!

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Wareal transports thus his friends employ, Totriumph o'er crown'd heads in David's cause:
And tes are lond in their diffembled joy, Or, grant him victor, ftill his hopes must fan,
E numpis, fo resounded far and near, Who conquering would not for himself prevail;
Nakd not his young ambitious rival's ear; The faction whom he trusts for future sway,
And as when joyful hunter's clamorous train Him and the public would alike betray;
Some flumbering lian wakes in Moab's plain, Amongst themselves divide the captive state,
Who oft had forced the bold assailants yield, And found their hydra-empire in his fate !
And featter'd his pursers through the field, Thus haviug beat the clouds with painful fight,
Dildzining, furls his mane and tears the ground. The pitied youth, with sceptres in his fight,
His eyes siaming all the desert round, So have their cruel politics decreed,

With roar of feas directs his chasers' way, Must, by that crew that made him guilty bleed! I Provokes from far, and dares them to the fray ; For could their pride brook any prince's sway,

Such angeftoru'd now in Abfalom's fierce breast, Whom but mild David would theychoose t'obey?
Such indignation his fir'd eyes confess'd; Who once at such a gentle reign repine,
Where now was the instructor of his pride ? The fall of monarchy itself delign;
Sest the old pilot in so rough a tide? From hate to that their reformations spring,
Whole wiles kad from the happy shore betray’d, And David not their grievance, but the king.

Aalthusonfelves thecredulous youth convey á Seiz’d now with panic fear the faction lies,
Se la dep revolving thought he weighs his state, Left this clear truth strike Abfalom's charm'd
Sense of craft, nor doubts to baffle fate;

eyes, At leat, if his form d bark must go adrift, Left he perceive, from long enchantment free, Tekanik his charge, and for himlelf to shift

, What all beside the flatter'd youth must see. Lawlich bis dextrous wit

had oft been thewn, But whate'er doubts his troubled bosom swell, And is the wreck of kingdoms favod his own. Fair carriage ftill became Achitophel; But now, with more than common danger

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, who now an envious festival enitals, Of cartes resolutions stands pofseft,

And to survey their Itrength the faction calls, Antaires the crowd's unstable zeal decay, Which fraud, religious worship too mult gild; Let their recanting chief the cause betray; But oh how weakly does sedition build !

ho on a father's grace his hopes may ground, For, lo! the royal mandate issues forth, and for his pardon with their heads compound. Dathing at once their treafon, zeal, and mirth !

| So have I seen disastrous chance invade, The Fatesman plots t'engage in some buld crime, Where careful emmets had their forage laid, Pe pardon, whether to attempt his bed, Whether fierce Vulcan’s rage the furzy plain e Great with open arms the royal head, Had seiz'd, engender'd by some careless swain; Grazer daring method, and unjust

, Or swelling Neptune lawless inroads made, Tan zay confirm him in the people's trust. And to their cell of store his flood convey'd ; Basiling thus t' ensnare him, nor secure The commonwealth broke up, distracted go, fine long his foil'd ambition may endure, And in wild haste their loaded mates o'erthrow: Pleti next to lay him by, as past his date, Ev’n so oyr scatter'd guests confus'dly meet, And try some new pretender's luckier fate;

With boild, bake, roaft, all jufling in the street; Wzale hopes with equal toil he would pursue, Dejecting all

, and ruefully dismay'd, Nordres what claimer's crown'd except the true. For thekel without treat or trearon paid. Wale, Abfalom, approaching ruin thun, Sedition's dark eclipse now fainter shews, fed fee, oh fee.' for whom thou art undone ! More bright each hour the royal planet grows, Ea are thy honours and thy fame betray'd, Of force the clouds of envy to disperse, Te property of defperate villains made ! In kind conjunction of assisting stars. Latow'rand confcicus fears their crimes create, Here, lab ring Mufe, those glorious chiefs relate, And guilt in them was little less than fate : That turn'd the doubtful scale of David's fate; st why houldft thou, from ev'ry grievance The rest of that illustrious band rehearse,

Immortaliz'd in laureld Alaph's verse: forlike thy vineyards for their stormy sea ? Hard task! yet will not I thy flight recall;

; View heaven, and then enjoy thy glorious fall, Love dress'a thy bowors, and laurels fought thy First write Bezaliel, whose illustrious name

Forestals our praise, and gives his poet fame. Preferment, wealth, and pow'r, thy vassals were, The Kenires' rocky province his command, And of a monarch all things but the care. A barren limb of fertile Canaan's land;

, which for its generous natives yet could be Sure ruin waits unhappy Abfalom, And rebel-alms once more attempt the crown, Held worthy such a president as he ! Alike by conquest or defeat undone ;

Bezaliel with each grace and virtue fraught. serene his looks, serene his life and thought; on whom to largely nature heap'd her

store, Expire with wretched fate in impious arms There scarce remain’d for arts to give him more!

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To aid the crown and state his greatest zeal, Our list of nobles next let Amri grace,
His second care that service to conceal: Whose merits claim'd the Abethdin's high pla
Of dues observant, firm to ev'ry trust, Who, with a loyalty that did excel,
And to the needy always more than just: Brought all th' endowments of Achitophel

. Who truth from ípecious falsehood can divide, Sincere was Amri, and not only knew, Has all the gownsmen's skill without their pride; But Ifrael 's fanctions into practice drew; Thus crown'd with worth from heights of ho- Our laws, that did a boundlets ocean seem, nour won,

Were cozfted all, and tathou'd all by him. See all his glories copied in his son,

No rabbin speaks like him their nyttic fenie Whose forward fame should ev'ry Muse engage, So just, and with such charms of eloquence: Whose youth boasts skill denied to others age. To whom the double blching does belong, Men, manners, language, books of nobleit kind, With Mofts' inspiration, Aaron's tongue. Already are the conquest of his mind; Then Sleva none more loyal zeal have thew Whole loyalty before its date was prime, Wakeful as Juduh's lion for the crown, Nor waited the dull course of rolling time: Who for that caule still coinbats in his age, The monster Faction early he dismay'd, For which his youth with dianger did engige And David's cause long since confcis'd his aid. In vain our fiétious prietts the cant revive; Brave Abdael o'er the prophet's school was in vain seditious scribes with libel trive plac'd ;

T'intime the crowd; while he with watchfule Abdael with all his father's virtue grac'd; Obferves, and thoots their treasons as they t'; A hero, who,while Itars look'd wond ring down, Their weekly frauds his keen replies de ect; Without oné Hebrew's blood restor'd the crown. He undeceives more fait than thity infect. That praise was his; what therefore did remain so Mofes, when the peft on legions prey'd, For following chiets, but boldly to maintain Advanc'd his signal, and the plague was stay That crown reitor'll ? and in this rank of fame, Ouce more, iny fainting Mule, thypinions! Brave Abdael with the fựst a place mult claim. | And strength's exlruited store let love supriy Proceed, illuftrious, happy chief! proceed, What tribute, Afaph, thall we render the? Foreseize the garlands for thy brow decreed, We'll crown thee with a wreath from thy ou While thi'intpii d tribe attend with noblest Itrain Thy laurel grove noenvy's fiath can blatt: [tra To regifter the glories thou shalt gain : The song of Afaph Mall for ever laft. For sure the dew thall Gilboah's hills forfake, With wonder late posterity thail dwell Aud Jordan mix his stream with Sodom's lake ; 01 Absalom and falle Achitophel : Or seas retir'd their secret stores disclore, Thystrainshall be onrrumb'ring prophet'sdrea And to the fun their scaly brood expose ; And when our Sion virgins ting their theme, Or swell'd above the clifts their billows raise, Our jubilees tball with thy verle be grac'd ; Before the Muses leave their patron's praise. The song of Ataph thall for ever last. (tam Eliab our next labour does invite,

How fierce his fatire loos 'd ! restrain'd, hi And hard the task to do Eliab right:

How tender of th' offending young man's fam Long with the royal wanderer he rov'd, How well his worth and brave adventures ftyl And firm in all the turns of fortune prov'd ! Just to his virtues, to his error mild. Such ancient fervice, and desert lo large, No page of thine, that fears the strictest view, Well claiin'd the royal household for his charge; But teems with jult reproof, or praise as true. llis age with only one mild heiress blest, Not Eden could a fairer prospect yield; In all

the bloom of smiling nature drelt, All paradise without one barren field: And bleit again to see his tow'r allied whole wit the ceníure of his foes has past, ToDavid's tock,andmadeyonngOthniel's bride! The song of Alaph thall for ever lait. The bright restorer of his fatber's youth, What praise for such rich strains shallwe allow Devoted to a fon's aud fubject's truth: What just rewards the grateful crown bestow Rcfolvd to bear that prize of duty home, While bees in Now'rs rejoice, and flow'rsin de So bravely fought, while sought by Abfalom. While stars and fountains to their course are tru Ah prince! thi' illustrious planet of thy birth, While Judah's throne and Sion's rock stand fat And thy more pow'rful virtue, guard thyworth! The fong of Afaph and the fame shall last. That no Achitophel thy ruin boast !

Still Hebron's honour'd happy soil retains Ifrael too much in one such wreck has loft. Our roya! hero's beauteous dear remains;

E'en envy must consent to Helon's worth, Who now fails off with winds nor withes Jack. Whole foul, though Egypt glories in his birth, To bring his fuff'rings' bright companion back Could for our captive ark its zeal retain, But ere such transport can our fente employ, And Pharoli's altars in their pomp disdain: A bitter grief muit poison half our joy; To Night his gods was limall; with nobler pride, Nor can our coasts reitor'd those ble flings fee He all th'allureinents of his court defied. Without a bribe to envious destiny ! Whom profit nor example could betray, Curs d Sodom's doom for ever fix the tide But lfrael's friend, and true to David's sway. Where, by inglorious chance, the valiant died What acts of favour in his province fall, Give not insulting Alkalon to know, On nicrit he confers, and freely all.

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Lo szło mi the news fwell Egypt's pride, With David then was Israel's peace restord;
By what bonicas fate our valiant died! Crowds mouru’dtheirerror, and obey'dtheirlund.
Wiza' jorden, weepth; forintains dry,
Wasse's rock diffolves for a supply.

Key to Abfalom and Achitopbel.
were the cements, night's tilence deep, Abdael,

( General Monk, Duke of Drives scarce murmuring, and the winds

Albemarle. Te fate to ruin taices to itill an hour, (atleep;

The name given thro'clia And treach'rous Ends the princely bark devour; Abathdin,

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poem to a Lord Chania The death worthy tezd a generous izce,

cellor in general. To vietue's sandal, and the Itars dilgrace!

Abfalom,

Dike of Monmouth. O bead the indulgeat pow'rs vouchtaf'd to Achet, hel, The Lord of Shaftesbury. Intsed of fisies dies a lifted field; (yield, Alriel,

Earl of Mulgrave. A ided beds Hero's and David's foes, drag,

Sir Elmiadbury Godfres: Frience as the tree taas diu lis youth oppose; Amiel

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Mr. Seymour, Speaker of Ezh it and on bis daughter'd heap retird,

the House of Commons. Az tanely and exconquering thus expir'd :

Sir Henerge Finch, and Bet deitiny is pon their only toe,

Amri, And dyinge'eno'erthat theytriumphiton; [plaud,

of Winchelsea, and Lord ?

Chancellor. Vi bollar breaths their master's 'scape ap- Amabel,

Duchess of Monmouth. Disbunkind force could icerce the fatesdefraud; droil,

Sir William Waller. o far lath followers loit, o natchless mind!

FA Chaneter drav!! by Ek ga ery now alvoit repin'd! Asaph,

Tiite for Dryden, in the Top Sit, by all your fame in arms,

fecond part of his pudin, perpecan peace, and by Urania's charms, Palaan,

Earl of Hiinting lon. thyer at rings paft so nearly prefs'd, Balaak,

Barnet. pintuch hatto painful griet, your breast? Borcillai, Duke of Ormond. bas faze diviner Muse her kero forms, Bath/bebi, Duchess of Portsmouth. kuta twith soft delights,but toss dinstorms; Benaiah, General Sackville. Erec don roles in the myrtle grove,

Ben Jochanan, Rev. Mr. Sam. Johnson, cosas his days with mirth, his nights with Bezaliel,

Duke of Beaufort, lore;

Culeb,

Lord Grey. for repor'd in thund'ring camps is fonnd, Corah,

Dr.Oates. Awalker thort, his ved the herbie's ground: David,

Charles II. sis of danger always seen the firtt, Duey,

Elkan:h Settle. fron the bedge, and Aakeswith ice histhirst. Egypt,

France. Em ut his patience strive with fortune’s rage,

Sir Hen. Bennet, Euro

Eliab, bong oppofing gods themselves engage :

Arlington. ise bis country Hamne, bis friends deltroy'd, Erbnic Plot, - The Popith-Plot. the promis'd empire be enjoyed :

The Land of Exile, more toils of fate mult build a man of fame,

particularly Bruill., fach to Ifrael's crown, the godlike David Gath,

where King Charle: 11.

long refuded. Yazt sudden beams dispel the clouds so faft, Hebron,

Scotlant. Kostrenchin grainslaidallourvineyardswaite! Hebrero Priests, The Ch. of Engl. Clergy

horning so far behind her course delay'd, Helon, -- Pantant is all her bloom array'd;

Earl of Feves tham.
Husbai,

Hyrie, Earl of Rocheite!
De vids breathie low, the element serene ; Febuhtes, Papists.
Ya sok what motion in the waves is leen! Jerusalem, London.
Turenging and busy as Hyblaen 1warms, Jews,

English. Crkregled soldiers summond to their arms. jomas,

Sir William Jones, Set there the princely bark in loosest pride, 1 Jordan,

Dover. With all her guardian fileei, adorns the tide! Yotham,

Marquis of Tallifax. higi on her deck the royal lovers Itand, Jotbran,

Lord Darmouth. . Isbboflets

, Richard Cromwell, Welcome to lirael and to David 's breaft! Ifrael, Here all your toils, here all your fuff ’rings rest. jackar.

England.

Thomas Thynnc, Esq. This year did Ziloah rule Jerusalem,

| Mr. Fergilon, a canting And boldly all Sedition's fyrtes Item:

Judas,

Terciver. Lowe'er encumbered with a viler pair

11/bban,

Sir Robert Clayton.
Ttan Ziph or Shimei to assist the chair ; Vlepbibofbeth,
Ya Zilob's loyal labours fo prevailid,

Mi bal,

Queen Cathrine, Theit faction at the next election fail'd; Nadab,

Lord Howard of Escrich. un ev’n the commou cry did juitice sound, 05,

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