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SUMMARY OF THE
COMMONWEALTH OF ENGLAND.
Born, A.D. 1649, at the death of King Charles the First. Had issue, illegitimate, many pretended Saints and genuine Hypocrites; many of whom, however, were brave men and shrewd politicians. Died, 1653, on the Restoration of King Charles the Second, and its memory buried in the polished frivolity and licentious manners of that Monarch's dissipated reign.
Suppression of the Levellers. Siege of Dublin. Storming ofTredah. Rise of the Covenanters. Loyalty, Misfortunes, and Execution of the Marquis of Montrose. Battle of Worcester, and narrow escape of Charles the Second from the Parliament Army. War with the Dutch. Violent Dissolution of the Parliament by Cromwell, and elevation of that extraordinary man to the Protectorate.
John Milton; Waller; Davenaut; Cowley; Sir John Denham ; Harrington ; Harvey ; Clarendon; Selden; Hobbes. Admirals Blake, Montague, &c. Generals Bradshaw, Ireton, Fairfax, Monk, Lambert, Fleetwood; the Earl of Essex; Sir Henry Vane; Bulstrode Whitelocke, Lord Keeper.
Innocent X. 1644. Alexander VII. 1655.
Of Germany.—Ferdinand III. 1637. Leopold, 1658.
Kings and Queen.
Of France.—Louis XIV. 1649.
Of Portugal—John IV. 1640. Alphonso VI. 1656.
Of Denmark.—Frederic III. 1648.
Of Sweden.—Christina 1633, Charles X 1653.
"When civil dudgeon first grew high,
Why " Then a monstrous rabblement there pass'd
"'Till, slowly pacing, onward came at last,
"Established violence and lawless might,
Rom E's Lucan.
"As thy loud trumpet calls "To deadly rage and fierce alarms, "Just Order's goodly fabric falls; "Whilst the mad people cry, to arms! to arms! "With thee, Proscription, child of Strife, "With death's choice implements is seen,
, "Her murd'rous gun, assassin's knife.
Poetry or The Antijacoein.
Header, pardon (tint the muse
As As make a list, tho' odd, yet true,
Of some of Praise-God Barebones crew;
"Praise-God Barebones," so do we,
From such mongrels to be free;
Such strange names, and such strange men,
Ne'er may England see again.
The names that follow, I assure ye,
Says Hume, once form'd a Sussex jury;
For me, if their meaning Pve wrongly exprest,
My meaning pray pardon, it's meant for the best.
Make-peace Heaton, like Hudibras fought;
Fly-debate Roberts, a wrangling calf;
More-fruit Fowler, thy fruit is worth nought;
Weep-not Billing, thy name makes us laugh.
Earth Adams, Call'd Lower, and Brewer The Meek;
Spelman Return, nor with blockheads be found;
Faint-not Hewit, God knows thou art weak; Stand-fast Stringer, 'tis ticklish ground.
Be Be-faithful Joiner, of traitors tlie tool;
FlGHT-THE-liOOD-FIGHT WHITE, With tllO«e
you've misled; Hofe-for Bending, the fate of a fool;
Kill-sin Pimple, cutoff thine own head, Accepted Trevor, by reason refused;
Compton Redeemed, to common sense lost;
Grateful Harding, a name most abused:
God'reward Smart, with a smart whipping post.
With what contempt you'd treat an ago,
Harvey, by whom first understood
The circulation of the blood.
And Denham, who can charm us still,
Living, tho' dead, on Cooper's Hill;
Cowlev, "whose Wit, tho' thousand shapes it bears,
TM Yet comely in a thousand shapes appears."*
• Cowley's Ode on Wit
Vol. ii. H Waller