Life of Oliver Cromwell

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Bentley, 1868 - Great Britain - 452 pages

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Page 32 - I am persuaded that this is a righteous judgment of God upon these barbarous wretches, who have imbrued their hands in so much innocent blood ; and that it will tend to prevent the effusion of blood for the future. Which are the satisfactory grounds to such actions, which otherwise cannot but work remorse and regret.
Page 51 - He was a strong man," so intimates Charles Harvey, who knew him: "in the dark perils of war, in the high places of the field, hope shone in him like a pillar of fire, when it had gone out in all the others.
Page 204 - I think it my duty to tell you that it is not for the profit of these Nations, nor for common and public good, for you to continue here any longer. And therefore I do declare unto you, That I do dissolve this Parliament.
Page 31 - The next day, the other two Towers were summoned; in one of which was about six or seven score ; but they refused to yield themselves : and we knowing that hunger must compel them, set only good guards to secure them from running away until their stomachs were come down. From one of the said Towers, notwithstanding their condition, they killed and wounded some of our men. When they submitted, their officers were knocked on the head ; and every tenth man of the soldiers killed ; and the rest shipped...
Page 2 - Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies; for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
Page 367 - It is not possible," replied the minister. " Then," exclaimed the dying man, " I am safe ; for I know that I was once in grace." He then turned round, and prayed aloud "Lord," he said, "though I am a miserable and wretched creature, I am in covenant with Thee through grace ; and I may, I will, come to Thee, for thy people ! Thou hast made me, though very unworthy, a mean instrument to do them some good, and Thee service...
Page 161 - FORASMUCH as, upon the dissolution of the late Parliament, it became necessary, that the peace, safety and good government of this Commonwealth should be provided for : And in order thereunto, divers Persons fearing God, and of approved Fidelity and Honesty, are, by myself with the advice of my Council of Officers, nominated ; to whom the great charge and trust of so weighty affairs is to be committed : And having good assurance of your love to, and courage for, God and the interest of His Cause,...
Page 165 - Truly God hath called you to this Work by, I think, as wonderful providences as ever passed upon the sons of men in so short a time. And truly I think, taking the argument of necessity, for the Government must not fall; taking the appearance of the hand of God in this thing, — 'I think' you would have been loath it should have been resigned into the hands of wicked men.
Page 193 - I bear not witness to myself;' but that the good people of England, and you all are my witnesses. "Yea, surely! — And now this being so, — though I told you in my last speech ' that you were a free parliament,' yet I thought it was understood withal that I was the Protector, and the authority that called you ! That I was in possession of the government by a good right from God and men...

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