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nently added [bchism] in this place, and that they have spoyled the Cadence thereby; but he may do well to call to mind, that [Kebellion] was added at the same time, and that we heartily wilh those whose Patronage he undertakes, had never given occafion for the putting in of either, and we do not perceive any want of harmony in the Cadence, the words run smoothly enough in their mouths, whose Consciences are clear of these Crimes, and whose hearts unfeignedly detelt them: The three first concern the State, Sheba's Depitton, Zimri's Conspiracy, and Absolon's Rebellion, all are expressed in the Greek Liturgies by one Word From Civil War,&c. as was noted in the last Paragraph; but not one word of any of these could I ever find, in any of those Roman Misals, which yet have come to my hands, it being the peculiar glory of the Church of England, that her prayers and practices have always been eminently Loyal, and Enemies to Treason and Rebellion, but let us view them apart. I. Dedition is the Mother of the other two,begun by

Factious and unquiet Spirits (c), (c) Quilus quieta who do privately alienate the afvidetur. Salust.

fections of the People from their

Governours, by complaining of Persecution, Oppression, Tyranny, ill-management, and the preferment of Evil men, and with these baits they calily gain much Credit among the credulous Multitude, whom they blame for their softness, and animate them with hopes of Liberty,or Tolerations, Exemptions and Priviledges. Now while these practices produce no other effects than Libels, Clamours against those in Authority, and popular Tumults, they have the name of Sedition, which yet is so great a Crime, that the Roman Laws did punish the Authors of it, with banishment or capital pu

nishments

movere magna merces

:

nilhments(d): And the Canons of the Church punish a Clergy onis & tumultás cono

(d) Autores fediti. man (if guilty of this fault) with citato populo, pro quaperpetual degradation (e); judg- litate dignitatis aut in ing it moft abominable, that they crucem to'luntur, aut (who ought to be Peace-makers,

beftiis objiciantu , aut and uniters of all differences )

in infulam deporten

tur. Jul.Paul. sent.l. should become Trumpets to Sedi- 5.tit.22.de feditiofis. tion, and ring-leaders of Mischief: (e) Concil. Chalo The Word of God doth every

cedon, can.18. where condemn it, reckoning Sedition as a work of the flesh, Galat.v.20. threatning ruine to all that are given to change, and all that meddle with them, Prov. xxiv.2 1. and charging us, as much as in us lyes, to live peaceably with all men, Rom.xii. 18. not allowing any Subject to speak Evil of the King, or of Governours, no not in our private Chambers (f) (which was also accoun (f) Exod. xxii. ted High-Treason by the Civil 28. Eccl.x. 20. Laws ()): For both God and

(g) Majeftatis funt man have designed to crush this veftris seguin's ali

apud vos rei, qui de viper in the very birth; and here quid obmurmurave. we cannot but wonder at the im runt Regibus.Arnob. pudence of the Authors, and the 1.4. scillicet è Leg.

unic, C.fi quis Imps. folly of the abettors of Sedician,

ratori maled, that those should usually pretend Religion and the Cause of God, and these believe them, that they act upon conscientious Principles, when no Sin is more plainly condemned in the Holy Scripture than Seoitton, and if the Actors of it had any fear , of God they would not dare attempt it: It is evident, that it is very sinful in it self, and it is very mischievous in it's effects, for if the King prevail (as I hope he ever will) yet even then Sedition ends in ftricter Laws, and exemplary Executions; but if the giddy multis

tude do get head, Oh what fury and violer do they act with, Rapine and Plunder, Fire and Devastation Murders and barbarous Cruelties do every where attend upon them, nothing being more terrible than such seditious Routs, of which we have fad Examples in the History of our own Nation. The King hath (blessed be God) many Eyes to discover, and many hands to suppress such Practises ; but it is very necessary to call in Gods aid to prevent and frustrate these attempts; for there are never wanting fome, who out of Pride, or revenge ambition, discontent or fear of suffering their due deserts are as secretly as cunningly hatching these mifchief; ; and alass there are too many, who out of weariness of the present Government and desire of change, out of Love of Novelty,defire of Liberty, or hopes of spoyl,may ealily be drawn in: But he that forbids Sedition, and hates the Actors therein, we hope will discover all such combinations, to him therefore we apply our felves, saying Good Lozd, &c.

II. Dite Conspiracy next follows, which is the daughter of a weaker,but more politique and more ma

litious Sedition ; for when the (h)Conjuratio. Seditious act by force it is styLat. www.odia led Rebellion, but when they Gr. Verso Liturg. lay Plots, and combine to carD.Duport. ry on their traiterous designs more Ewapodia che se, closely, it is called Patry Conspiτο τινας κατα τι racy, for the concealment and www Bordonat cu rj confirmation whereof Oaths have αλλήλκς όρκο και σω» been usually taken,

as the Ladig og peso erroslawern tin and Greek names import (b): eToro Bondueza Such was that Conspiracy of thofe 10.Zonar.in Can. Jews, who had combined to kill 18. Concil. Chal. St. Paul, Aas xxij. for there cedon. were in those days certain Men,

called

called Zealots, who did often vow(i) to murder those who were opposite iv their Faction: Of this

(i) 'Eloi gap or nature was Catilines Conspiracy,

ομνύεσιν εάν τύχη who with his Complices, had vow

τραύματ6 και σφαed the Subversion of the Roman gåse Philo leg.Sp. Government, and bound their villanous plot with Drinking each others blood, and L wish these Hellish Impieties had been proper to Jews and Heathens, but alals they have been too often practised among those who call themselves Christians. How many

of these, hatched by the 'discontented Romanists for the destruction of our excellent Queen ELIZABETH, did providence discover and prevent? And how desperate was that accursed Powder-Plot Anno 1605, wherein those of the fame Principles intended, with one blow, to destroy the King, and his Family, and all the principal men of the Realm? A Wickedness too apparent to be (k) Ingen!, atroxy denyed (k), and yet grown too

horridun facinatsquabig to be believed already, by fome

le nec antiquitas vie

dit , do ogrè pofteri of more Charity than Prudence :

eredent, BarcljiOrat, But we delight not to make a fad ins Novemb.in fine Catalogue of all the bloody deligns Eupharm. of this nature ,

these
may

fuffice to make us pray heartily, that such things may either not be contrived, or not accomplished in our Days, which aim at the blood of Princes, the Subversion of Laws, the Change of Religion,, which expose us all to potent Neighbours from abroad, or to malitious Perfons at home, and if they prevail would bring in an u. niversal destruction: Not one in a thousand of them doth prosper (blessed be God!)nor ever shall so long as we cry to our Alseeing and AlmightyFather to deliver ur. III. We add and from Kebellton, of which as be

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bition is the mother, fo Prity Conspiracy is the Nursei Sedition sows the feed, and Confptracy cultivates the accursed Plant, till it be able to shew it's head, for while the Faction is strong enough to appear in Arms, and to : bid

open defiance to God, and his Vice-gerent, then it becomes Kebellton: A Sin prohibited by Jefus, Mat.it xxii. 21. and forbid by St.Paul under the penalty of Damnation, Rom.xiii. 1.2. A Sin fo contrary to Chrifti- ; anity, that though the primitive Chriftians had all the Provocations imaginable, and force sufficient, they nei

ver offered to rebel (1), but chal) Nec fe adverfus lenged the Heathens to thew one injustum veftrum vio instance of a Chriftian, that had olentiam,quamvis nie been Traitor (m); nor doth the mius do copiosus fit fpiteful Cecilius in Minutins Felix, tur. Cypre ad De charge the Christians with Treafon, though he rake

all the acc) Tertul. ad

culátions he can against them (n). Scapul.

So that whosoever do Rebel, have

develted themselves of the Chri(n) Balduinus præf. od Minut. Foe!. Itian Principles, and almost of (0) Fatria eft nec

their humanity alfo: For fince our lut alter quidem Deus,

own Country (o) is the Itage on co primus maximuse which this bloody Tragedy is to que pu rens. Hierocl. be acted, he hath not the affectiPatriam vi regere des parenies, quamvis dos

ons of humanity, who doth not pallis deli&ta cor detest that Crime, which defaceth rigis,importunum efto the beauty, and dismantleth the Saluft.

sirength, rifleth the Treasures, and

murdereth the Inhabitants of his own native soil, yea, which sheaths a Sword in the bowels of the common Mother of us all : It is one of the greatest Sins in the Actors, and one of the faddest miseries to the place, where Rebellion is acted : No Wars being carried on with so much rage and fury,ma

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