History of England, Volume 9

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Page 251 - Certainly," says Whitlocke,** with his usual candor, "never any man acted such a part, on such a theatre, with more wisdom, constancy, and eloquence, with greater reason, judgment, and temper, and with a better grace in all his words and actions, than did this great and excellent person; and he moved the hearts of all his auditors, some few excepted, to remorse and pity.
Page 354 - And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
Page 126 - Egypt, have got possession of our dwellings, and we have scarce a room free from them ; they sip in our cup, they dip in our dish, they sit by our fire ; we find them in the dye-vat, wash-bowl, and...
Page 247 - Your majesty having tried all ways, and being refused, shall be acquitted before God and man. And you have an army in Ireland that you may employ to reduce this kingdom to obedience ; for I am confident the Scots cannot hold out five months.
Page 257 - God hath given him the use, but the devil the application. In a word, I believe him to be still that grand apostate to the Commonwealth, who must not expect to be pardoned in this world till he be dispatched to the other.
Page 84 - That the several constitutions and canons made and agreed to in the convocations or synods above mentioned, do contain in them many matters contrary to the king's prerogative, to the fundamental laws and statutes of this realm, to the rights of parliament, to the property and liberty of the subject, and matters tending to sedition, and of dangerous consequence.
Page 160 - ... for not appearing at every beck upon their summons, not paying a fee, or the like; yea, they have made it, as they do all other things, a hook or instrument wherewith to empty men's purses, and to advance their own greatness; and so that sacred ordinance of God, by their perverting of it, becomes contemptible to all men, and is seldom or never used against notorious offenders, who for the most part are their favorites.
Page 261 - I know, Mr. Speaker, there is in Parliament a double power of life and death by bill; a judicial power, and a legislative.
Page 251 - And now, my lords, for myself, I have been, by the blessing of Almighty God, taught that the afflictions of this present life are not to be compared to the eternal weight of glory which shall be revealed hereafter. And so, my lords, even so, with all tranquillity of mind, I freely submit myself to your judgment ; and whether that judgment be of life or death, ' Te Deum laudamus.'* The eloquence of this passage is above its logic.
Page 123 - ... divines, as have of late years, by their wicked practices, provoked aspersions upon the government of the graciousest and best of kings. Mr. Speaker, let me not be misunderstood ; I level at no man with a forelaid design ; let the faults, and those well proved, lead us to the men : It is the only true parliamentary method, and the only fit one to incline our sovereign. For it can no more consist with a gracious and righteous prince to expose his servants upon irregular prejudices, than with a...

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