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Waller and Drydkn both couM deign to sing,

I grieve to say,

In eulogaic lay,
Usurping Cromwell and his murdered King.

"Unhappy Dryuen ! in all Charles's days.
"Uoscommox only boasts unspotted lays;"
So Pope has written, but 'tis plain,
We but anticipate the full'wiug reign.

From Barebones, and his late named crew,
'Tis known to all, that Butler drew
His Puritanic Quixote's pranks,
With great success and little thanks.

What bard now rises with seraphic flight,
With eye of mind and soul of light!
'Tis Milton ! cease! dare I record his fame,
Pd use no panegyric, but his name.

What politic matters took place, 'twere as well,
Under Cromwell's protectorship briefly to tell;
So Pll end with four couplets, from whence may
be deem'd,

How Noll'smen and King'smen each other esteemed.

At At a staunch cavalier, thus a parliament man,

To rail " in set terms," about goodness began:

"All carnal excesses you royalists twine,

"Dress, eating, and sporting, cards, women, and wine."

"I own," says the knight, "we've the vices of


"Who want some reforming, 'tis granted, but then,

"Your tyrant rebellion produces one evil, "Cali'd spiritual pride,—that's the vice of the






Born at Huntingdon, April 25th, 1599. Proclaimed Protector, December 16th, 1653. Married Elizabeth) Daughter of Sir James Boucher, by whom he had issue, Richard, who mtcceeded to the Protectorate; Henry, '' a man fit both for I he Cabinet and the Field; the darling of the Army and of the People," was Governor of Ireland when his father died; Bridget, married first to General Ircton, afterwards to Lieutenant-General Fleetwood; Elizabeth, married to Mr. Claypole; Mary, to Lord Viscount Faulconbridge; and Frances, who first espoused Mr. Rich, and afterwards Sir John Russell. Oliver was doscended of a Welch family, named Williams, one of whom marrying a Sister of Lord Cromwell, in the Reign of King Henry VIII. changed his name to Cromwell. The Protector had studied at Sydney College, Cambridge; was by no means remarkable till the Civil War, when he commenced his great career as Captain of a Troop of Horse. He died of a tertian ague, September 3d, 1658; it is disputed whether his body was buried in Henry the Seventh's Chapel, sunk in the Thames, or interred in Naseby Field.

Principal Events.

The Protector assumed more arbitrary authority than any of our Kings, and was, perhaps, better obeyed. Dissolves the long Parliament. Vi et Armis. Gerard and Vowel executed for a Conspiracy against him. An alliance with Sweden. Peace with the United Provinces, 1654; and with

the the French, who asked it, 1655. Blake and Montague eminently successful against the Spanish Navy and Sea Ports. Dunkirk and Mardyke put into the Protector's hands. Don Pantaleon de Saa, Brother to the Portuguese Ambassador, executed in Loudon for murder. Oliver refused the crown. The sect of Quakers, principally founded by George Fox, commenced about this time.


Eminent Persons and Cotemporatiy Sovereigns are inserted under the Commonwealth.

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"The Devil can cite Scripture for his purpose;
"An evil soul producing Holy Writ,
"Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
"A goodly apple rotten at the core."


"Both Cain and Ahel back are come

"In vizards most divine;
"God bless us from a pulpit drum,
And preaching Cataline."

Sir John Birkinhead.

"Guile, violence and murder, seiz'd on man;

"And, for soft milky streams, with blood the rivers ran."


Charles now no more, his best adherents fled,
Or those who dare espouse the martyr's side,

Or own the son of him unjustly dead,
Like him the victim of rebellion died.

Montrose thy loyalty and glorious lot

Will, to thine honor, live when traitors are forgot;


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