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Ireland a greater spite to protestants than ever; he hath lived in France ever since, where he hath seen how much it tends to advance his dear absolute power, to dragoon all men into the king's religion; his only motives to draw in this Frenchified pope, to lend him money to invade us, is, by convincing him, he lost all by his zeal to restore popery, and by engaging he will use his power (if he can regain it) only to promote the catholick interest." His other ally, the French persecutor, cannot be endeared by any better interest, till the principal of the sums lent are repaid by poor England, than by assurance, that he will make one kingdom in the world as miserable by absolute empire, and forcing one religion, as France now is; that bis barbarity, cruelty, and treachery may not be the infamous single instance of such proceedings, his promises to his allies, his zeal, his principles, and his nature all engage him to destroy the protestant religion. He attempted it when he was not half so deeply obliged, and can we think he will not pursue it now? It is next to frenzy to think the pope and king of France furnish him with money, ships, forces, &c. only to secure the protestant religion, and church of Engand; he must be tied, in more than ordinary bonds, to endeavour the ruin of both, or no such favours had been shewn by such a pope, and such a persecutor : it cannot be ease to Roman catholicks he desires; they are more at ease un. der King William than under any protestant king ever since the reformation : it must therefore be the suppressing all other religions, and setting up that alone, must engage Rome, France, and Lucifer in his restoration. As for his promises to us in his declaration, alas! he hath already given greater and stronger to the pope and French king to the contrary; and though bis interest, and the hopes that some will be so mad to believe him, put him upon renewing these promises to England; yet, his confessor can soon resolve him, which promise is to be, kept, whether that pious catholick promise to the holy, father, and the bector of that cause, or that extorted one to hereticks: besides, we should remember the Italian proverb, God forgive him, who deceives me once ; but God forgive me, if one man deceives me twice. No prince in the world ever promised with more solemnity than the late king, to protect the protestant religion, or the church of England; yet nothing is more clear, than that he designed to gull us only, not to oblige himself by this protestation ; and the first thing he did was to break it as soon as he durst, and can we be so distracted to believe him again ? He declared in Ireland, that the church of England stunk in bis nose, and that he abhorred it. He cannot truly love either any person of that persuasion, or any other protestant; he may flatter some of them to get into the saddle, but, when they have mounted him, he will ride over their heads; his own friends of the protestant religion are very few, and his revenge on the far greater number, who have opposed his designs, will out-weigh the kindness of a few inconsiderable hereticks, who, abetted his interest, and who will be told, that it was not sense of duty, but despair of obliging his enemies, that forced them into his quarrel. They had sufficient experience after Monmouth's rebellion (suppressed only by the church of England men) how little any acts of those, he counts hereticks, can oblige him; his carriage in Ireland to the loyal protestants writ this in capital letters, and it must be supposed, they have drunk deep of Lethe, who can forget all this. But, I pray, what is it the church of England wants, or any other protestant? This king is as serious and sincere a protestant, and as true a lover of that interest, as King James is a professed enemy to it; and, why may not he be more likely to preserve the religion he professes, than the other to maintain that religion which he vilely deserted, and mortally hates ? The churchmen say, King William is too kind to dissenters; but, hath he given them any other or more liberty than King James did? That king begun with toleration,, and it was not for a new prince in a troublesome state of things to alter any thing of that nature: besides, at the same time, the dissenters do think the present king too kind to the established church, not considering, that it is the national religion which he found, and keeps in possession of all its rights, as his duty and oath oblige bim; yet, so as the dissenters have ease, and every thing but empire, whieh from a prudent King of England they can never expect, being not only a less part of the nation, but so divided amongst themselves, that nothing can please all parties of them; and, therefore, freedom to worship, in their several ways, is all the favour they can be capable of in the best of times, and so they are most unreasonable to hope for more now. Besides, let it be considered, that our king is not only the head and protector of the protestants of England, but of all the reformed churches in Europe; and the French king, the main wheel in this designed restoration, is so mortal an enemy to the whole reformation, that he desperately weakened himself, and banished 30,000 families of useful subjects, only to root the whole profession out of his own dominions : and now can any rationally pretend, this present king will destroy the English church, or the French persecutor, and his client, the late King of England, uphold it? My dear brethren and countrymen, do not so infamously abuse yourselves to believe so incredible a fiction, so manifest a cheat : Alas! all these good words are only to lull you asleep, till you, at the peril of your neeks, get him power enough to extirpate you and your religion also: I doubt not, but, for a while, he would maintain the established church, and renew his indulgence, because he can get footing no other way; but it is easy to foresee how shortlived all these sham-favours will be: they spring from fear, and desire of opportunity to be revenged, and, so soon as ever the fear ceases, and that opportunity comes, he will most certainly kick down the ladder by which he ascended, and pull off the mask, appearing what he is in his nature and principles, and not what his necessities have made him seem to be. So that, if this disguise be credited, the persons imposed on will, and must pay, for their credulity, with the woeful price of helping to destroy the most pure and flourishing church in the world; in assisting to re-instate him, and fighting for bim, they fight against their own religion, which
the primitive christians, for all their heroick loyalty, would not do, and which no man ought to do, either for interest or revenge. For my part, I think true religion so far above all worldly concerns, and the preservation of it, so principal an advantage of government, that the prince, who will certainly suppress that, must be more intolerable than he that would take away my liberty, estate, or my life; and it must be a damnable sin in me to assist him in it, or put him into a capacity to do it. No oath or allegiance can bind me to this; it may oblige me to suffer, but not to act for such a design: wherefore, for shame, let his Irish and English popish subjects alone carry on this impious design, who can only hope for advantage by his restoration, and who are only bound in conscience to help him; neuter we must stand at least, and that will suffice to shew how contemptible a party that is, which must be set up on the nation's ruin, and how impossible it is for him to cut down the protestant religion in England, without borrowing a handle from the tree he would fell. Take warning by what is past, and what must be the inevitable consequence of your deserting this king, or assisting the late prince, even the ruin of this most famous church of England, and the endangering the whole estate of
protestantism through all Europe: in vain will you complain of this consequence, when it is too late to remedy it; your guilt, shame, and sorrow will then only remain, for having had a hand in so deplorable a mischief; for my part, I have delivered my own soul, and given you fair warning; God of his infinite mercy open your eyes in time, and grant you a right judgment in this and in all things.
THE TRUB AND GENUINE
KING JAMES'S DECLARATION.
PRINTED IN THE YEAR 1693.
(of which ourself was the occasion)
After mature deliberation,
Promising in our wonted fashion,
To make an ample reparation.
And, for our re-inauguration,
And when again they take occasion
more believe in J. R.
Our absence causes to the nation
Be all assur'd both whig and tory, If for past faults you can be sorry, You ne'er shall know what we'll do for you. For 'tis our noble resolution To do more for your constitution, Than e'er we'll put in execution. Though some before us made a pother, England had never such another, No, not our own renown'd dear brother.
We have it set before our eyes, That our main interest wholly lies In managing with such disguise, As leaves no room for jealousies.
And, to encourage foes and friends,
And further, bloodshed to prevent,
At his return, on Cavalier ;
Then be assur'd, the first fair weather,
As for your church, we'll still defend it;
Next for a liberty of conscience,
We'll never violate the test,
And as for the dispensing power,
If other acts shall be presented,,
them all, and be contented:
Our brother's Irish settling act
But now you have so fair a bidder,
Or, if I bleed, the devil's in me,