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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:
PRINCIPAL EVENTS. Suppression of the Levellers. Siege of Dublin. Storming of Tredah. Rise of the Covenanters. Loyalty, Misfortunes, and Execution of the Marquis of Montrose. Battle of Worcester, and narrow escape of Charles thc 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.
Eminent Persons. 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.
Kings and Queen. Of France.-Louis XIV. 1649. Of Spain.—Philip IV. 1621. 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
“Of rude mis-shapen Wights, a horrid shew; “'Till, slowly pacing, onward came at last,
“A long lean spectre, imp of vice and woe,
“Established violence and lawless might,
“ 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 OF THE ANTIJACOBIX.
READER, pardon that the muse
As make a list, tho' odd, yet true,
The names that follow, I assure ye,
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 ;
found ; FAINT-NOT HEWIT, God knows thou art weak;
STAND-FAST STRINGER, 'tis ticklish ground.
BE-FAITHFUL JOINER, of traitors the tool; FIGHT-THE-GOOD-FIGHT WHITE, with those
you've misled ; HOPE-For Bending, the fate of a fool ;
Kull-Sin Pimple, cut off thine own head, Accepten Trevor, by reason refused;
COMPtox REDEEMED, to common sense lost; GRATEFUL HARDING, a name most abused : GOD-REWARD SMART, with a smart whipping
With what contempt you'd treat an age,
Harvey, by whom first understood
The circulation of the blood. And Denham, who can charm us still, Living, tho' dead, on Cooper's Hill; Cowley, “whose Wit, tho' thousand shapes it
bears, * Yet comely in a thousand shapes appears.»*