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AN ANSWER TO THE
FRENCH DECLARATION OF WAR,
IN ALLIANCE WITH THE DUTCH AND DANES, IN THE YEAR 1665.
London: Printed for the Author, in 1665-6, on a Broad-side.
Our expectations of some present storm.
e come not to receive, but give them laws;
* The King of Denmark, to whom Norway is subject, from whence comes our pitch and tar.
+ Two epithets intimating that, although we trade with him for deal and boards, yet we are able to deal, or behave manfully in fight with him, and upon occasion board his ships.
+ Viz. When they in one night conspired to cut all the Danish men's throats throughout England, thereby to deliver their country from their government; upon which account it is said, that the Englishmen have ever since given the women the wall, and the most honourable places at all times.
( Of soldiers slain in battle. ** The King of Great Britain. #t Alluding to the dispute which then subsisted between the French king and the Pope,
One that will otherwise the matter handle,
A fig for France, or any that accords
THE CHARACTER OF HOLLAND.
London : Printed by T. Mabb for Robert Horn, at the Angel in Pope's-Head.
Alley, 1665. Folio, containing eight Pages.
HOLLAND; that scarce deserves the name of land,
As but th’ off-scowring of the British sand;
+ Henry V. # At which place the English have given the French total overthrows in battle. Agincourt.
Because the King of Great Britain still maintains his title of King of France. ** The sea. ++ Equivocally signifying both serious and on the sea; for the deep is the sea. 1The Dutch.
How did they rivet with gigantick piles Thorough the center their new-catched miles : And to the stake a struggling country bound, Where barking waves still bait the forced ground; Building their wat'ry Babel far more high To reach the sea, than those to scale the sky?
Yet still his claim the injur'd ocean laid, And oft at leap-frog o'er their steeples play'd, As if on purpose it on land had come To shew them what's their Mare Liberum. A daily deluge over them does boil : The earth and water play at level-coil. The fish oft-times the burgher dispossest, And sat not as a meat, but as a guest : And oft the Tritons and the sea-nymphs saw Whole sholes of Dutch serv'd up for Cabillau. Or, as they over the new level rang'd, For pickled Herring, pickled Heeren chang'd. Nature, it seem'd, asham'd of her mistake, Would throw their land away at duck and drake.
Therefore necessity, that first made kings, Something like government among them brings. For as with pygmies, who best kills the crane; Among the hungry, he that treasures grain ; Among the blind, the one-ey'd blinkard reigns ; So rules, among the drowned, he that drains. Not who first sees the rising sun commands, But who could first discern the rising lands, Who best could know to pump an earth so leak, Him they their lord and country's father speak. To make a bank was a great plot of state, Invent a shovel and be magistrate. Hence some small dyke-grave, unperceiv'd, invades The power, and grows as 't were a king of spades : But for less eury some joint state endures, Who look like a commission of the sewers. For these half-anders, half wet, and half dry, Nor bear strict service nor pure liberty.
Tis probable religion after this Came next in order, which they could not miss : How could the Dutch but be converted, when Th’ apostles were so many fisher-men? Beside, the waters of themselves did rise, And, as their land, so them did re-baptise. Though Herring for their God few voices mist, And poor John to have been th' Evangelist. Faith, that could never twins conceive before, Never so fertile, spawn'd upon this shore: More pregnant than their Marg'et, that laid down For Hans-in-Kelder of a whole Hans-Town.
Sure, when religion did itself embark,
Nor can civility there want for tillage,
Let it suffice to give their country fame,
See but their mermaids, with their tails of fish
Or what a spectacle the skipper gross,
Vainly did this slap-dragon fury hope
BOTH HISTORICAL AND MORAL UPON THE
BURNING of LONDON, September, 1666..
With an Account of the Losses. And a most remarkable Parallel between London and Moscow,
both as to the Plague and Fire.
Also an Essay touching the Easterly Wind.
and future Ages.
By REGE SINCERA,
London, Printed by Thomas Ratcliffe, and are to be sold by Robert Pawlet, at
the Bible in Chancery-Lane, 1667.
Quarto, containing Thirty-eight Pages.
Many have written concerning this memorable Fire of London in 1666. . But, I
presume, they, that read this, will agree, that none has done it with more con
ciseness, impartiality, and perspicuity. In the first place, The Author delivers the plain historical fact, without any exage
geration or foreign insinuations, and then enquires, Who has done it? In which enquiry, he endeavours to shew, that it was a punishment sent by a good and
wise God upon the City, for just, wise, and good causes. Thirdly, Enquiring what hath done it? He endeavours to prove, that this was the
greatest fire that ever happened upon the earth, since the burning of Sodom and Gomorrah, and shews, at a moderate computation, that the loss amounted to, at least, 7,335,000 pounds. To which, by way of consolation, he adds an account of the greatness of the City of Moscow, and its visitation first with a raging plague, and in the year following with a consuming fire, conļrived by the Tartars, who pursued the Czar to that City, and setting fire to it on all sides, which not only burnt the houses and stuff, but destroyed 200,000 people also
in its flames, in less than four hours time. Fourthly, He expatiates on the praise of this City of London, and then endeavours
to find out the cause and accidents by which this fire was kindled and promoted; and concludes with some proper reflections on the reason and time of this conflagration,
To his much honoured and respected Friend, John Buller, Esq. a
worthy Member of the honourable House of Commons. SIR, TU THIS little treatise having lain dormant in a corner of my desk
ever since its birth (which was three weeks after the fire) hath got at last so much strength as to walk abroad. The reason of its long repose was, that I expected when some more pregnant