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Scotland awhile deserves good men's applause,
Patient in sufPring, hoping better fate;
Still never overcomes the truly great.
Cromwell now seated in the ruling chair,
The wretch whose nonchalance, while Charles's fate
Was canvass'd, with the cushion where he sate Play'd like a schoolboy,—when the fatal scroll Of death was signing, Cromwell, void of soul,
In fiend-like sport, black characters could trace,
England's respect, her navy and her trade,
(But that his interest prompted.) and his aid,
Van Thump,dewit,Deruyter, led theDutch,
And swept our seas, or dared to say as much;
>Till Monk, and Blake, the Nelson of that day,
With Pen and Ascue, in hard well fought fray,
The Quakers with incipient fermentation
Another, sword in hand, the senate meets: And swear to kill each Rump* that he may find^
At home, in parliament, or in the streets. A third begins a fast of forty days, But docs not live to end it; yet my lays Mean not to blame their present blameless race, Facts, and not comments, here alone have place.
• Members of what was nick-named the Rump Parliament.
Therefore, Therefore, to.please you, we'll look back again, And finish Cromwell's self-appointed reign.
Regardless of promises, honor, and word,
He Drogheda's garrison puts to the sword;
At Dunbar and Wor'ster defeating the Scots,
For slaves sells his pris'ners, to India, in lots.
In private proposing to make himself King,
He cou'dn't get colleagues in concert to sing;
Rules over the English asTurks govern Moors,
A senate first forms, and then kicks out of doors;
Then fierce as Achilles, more bully than Hector;
That Government cancels, which makes him Protector.
The army maintained by this arrogant elf,
Kept popular liberty all to himself;
And, scorning to imitate Kings, he had houses
More num'rous than they, or their sons, or their spouses:
When fortune placed loyal men under his hands,
Tho' much disappointed, not mounting a throne,
SUM MANY SUMMARY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF
Proclaimed, September 4th, 1638 Refused ft Petition from the Army, desiring leave to elect its own Generals. Summoned a Parliament, January 27th, 1659, and dissolved it immediately, by order of the Officers of the Afmy, who were incensed at the said Parliament enacting that there should be no Council of War during its setting. The Army then elected Fleetwood for their General, restored their long Parliament, and abolished the Protectorship. Richard willingly resigning, on condition of his debts being paid. Fleetwood and Lambert dissolved the Parliament once more; and, by Monk's assistance, accomplished the Restoration. After which Richard travelled some years; and, under a borrowed name, was introduced to the Prince of Conti; wiio, talking of Euglaud, broke out into admiration of Cromwell's courage and capacity: "But as for that poor pitiful fellow, Richard," said he, "what has become of him? How could he be such a blockhead as to reap no greater benefit from all his father's crimes and successes?" Richard extended his peaceful and quif t lite to the age of 86, and died in the year 1712, at the latter end of Queen Ann's Reign. His social virtues, more valuable than the greatest capacity, met with a recompenee, more precious than noisy fame, and more suitable/— contentment and tranquility. Vide Hume.
In the decline of life, being obliged to appear in the Court of Chancery, in conswjaenee of the unnatural conduct of his daughters, he was treated with extraordinary respect by the Chief Justice, Sir John Holt, who placed him on the bench, and insisted on hi* wearing his hat.—It was, probably, at this time, on being asked how long it was since he had been at Westminster, he answered, " Not since I sat in that chair pointing to the Throne.
For Emineut Persons and Cotemporary Sovereign*, vide "The Commonwealth."