John Milton



On the New Forcers of Conscience Under the Long Parliament



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John Milton (1608-1674)

On the New Forcers of Conscience
Under the Long Parliament



Because you have thrown off your Prelate Lord,
xxAnd with stiff Vows renounced his Liturgy
xxTo seize the widowed whore Plurality
xxFrom them whose sin ye envied, not abhorred,
Dare ye for this adjure the Civil Sword
xxTo force our Consciences that Christ set free,
xxAnd ride us with a classic Hierarchy
xxTaught ye by mere A. S. and Rotherford?
Men whose Life, Learning, Faith and pure intent
xxWould have been held in high esteem with Paul
xxMust now be named and printed Heretics
By shallow Edwards and Scotch what dye call:
xxxBut we do hope to find out all your tricks,
xYour plots and packing worse then those of Trent,
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxThat so the Parliament
May with their wholesome and preventive Shears
Clip your Phylacteries, though baulk your Ears,
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxAnd succor our just Fears,
When they shall read this clearly in your charge:
New Presbyter is but Old Priest writ Large.





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