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In an Age where every thing diliked by those, who think with the Majority, is called Disaffettion, it may perhaps be ill interpreted, when I venture to tell you, that this Universal Depravation of Manners isowing to the perpetual Bandying of Factions among us for thirty Years past; when, without weighing the. Motives of Justice, Law, Conscience or Honour, every Man adjusts his Princie ples to those of the Party he hath chofen, and among whom he may best find his own Account: But by reason of our frequent Viciffitudes, Men, who were impatient to be out of Play, have been forced to recant, or at least to reconcile their former Tenets with every new System of Administration. Add to this, that the old Fundamental Cuftom of Annual Parliaments, being wholly laid

aside, and Elections growing chargeable, since Gentlemen found that their Country Seats brought them in less than a Seat in the House, the Voters, that is to say, the Bulk of the Common People, have been universally seduced into , Bribery, Perjury, Drunkennessy, Malice, and Slander.

Not to be further Tedious, or rather Invidious, these are a few among other Causes, which have contributed to the Ruin of our Morals, and consequently, to the Contempt of Religion For, immagine to your self if you please, a landed Youth, whom his Mother would never suffer to look into a Book for fear of spoiling his Eyes, got into Parliament, , and observing all Enemies to the Clergy, hoard with the utmoft Applause; what Noțions he muft imbibe, how readily he will joyn in the Cry, what an Efteem he will conceive of himself, and what a. Contempt he must entertain, not only for his Vicar at Home, but for the whole Order.


I therefore again conclude, that the Trade of Infidelity hath been taken up only tor an Expedient to keep in Countenance that univerfal Corruption of Morals, which many other Causes first contributed to introduce and to cultivate. And thus, Mr. Hobbs's Saying upon Reason, may be much more property applyed to Religion, That if Religion will be against a Man, * Man will be againf Religion. Though after all, I have heard a Profligate offer much Atronger Arguments against paying his Debrs, than ever he was known to do against Chriflianity; indeed the Reason was, becaufe in that Juncture, he happened to be clofer preft by the Bailyff than the Parlon.

IGNORANCE may perhaps be the Mother of Superftition; but Experience hath not proved it to be fo of Depotam: For Obriftianity always made the most easie and quickest Progress in civilized Countries. I mention this, becaufe it is affirmed, that the Clergy are in molt Credit, 'where Ignorance prevails and surely this Kingdom would be called the Paradise of Clergy-men, if that Opinion were true) for which they infance England in the Times of Popery, But whoever knows any thing of the three or four Cen. turies before the Reformation, will find the little Learning then ftirring was more equally di. vided between the Englijk Clergy and Laity, than it is at prefent. There were several fa. mous Lawyers in that Peribd, whose Writings are Itill in the highest Repute, and some Hiftorians and Poets, who were not of the Church. Whereas now-a-days our Education is fo corrupted, that you will hardly find a young Perfon of Quality with the least Tincture of Knowledge,


at the same Time, that the Clergy were never more learned, or so scurvily treated. Here among Us, at least a Man of Letters out of the three Profeffions, is almost a Prodigy. And these few, who have preserved any Rudiments of Learning, are (except perhaps one or two Smatterers) the Clergy's Friends to a Man: And I dare appeal to any in this Kingdom, whether the greatest Dunce in his Parish, is not always the most Proud, Wicked, Eraudulent, and Intractable of his Flock.

think the Clergy have almoft given over perplexing themselves and their Hearers with abstruse Points of Predeftination, Election, and the like; at least it is time they should ; and therefore I shall not trouble you further upon this Head.

I have now faid all I could think convenient with relation to your Condu&t in the Pulpit : Your Behaviour in Life is another Sçene, upon which I shall readily offer you my Thoughts, if you appear to defire them from me by your Approbation of what I have here Written; if not, I have already troubled you too much.

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HE Feather'd Warriors, and the Pigmy-State,
Record, Oh Muse! their Battel and their

Sing their great Wars, and as their

Troops engage, Guide the low Heroes, and direct their Rage. Here Swords all flaming for the Fight display; There Beaks as vengeful, and as keen as they : Dreadfully mingling in one lofty Strain, The Pygmies Courage, and the Foes Disdain. While Birds and Men in dire dread Conflicts try The Earth's Command, and Empire of the Sky.


ALREADY fair in Verse each Warrior's Name, The Muse has grately sung, and paid with Fame. His hardy Toil with Transport each admires, The Poet rising, as the Chief Inspires To distant Time, the Muse has handed down The Grecian Valour, and her Youths Renown. How sternly brave in Fight great Theseus glows; How swift' ACHILLES drives upon his Foes. ÆNEAS' Fame with Wonder we peruse, And William's wreaths are green in ev'ry Musę. Whilft Theban Chiefs, and Pompey's mournful

Name, Weary, each Eye, and tire us with their Fame. My bolder Mule, unsung in antient Lays, New Battels ranges, and new Camps surveys; In Verse the Trumpet's Silver Sound describes, And fatal to the Cranes, the Pygmy Tribes. Dark thro' the Air, while hov'ring Nations flow, And from the Clouds descends the Feather'd Foe.

WHERE happy India boasts a warmer Ray, And, smiling, blushes at the Birth of Day: Embrac'd by Rocks, a flowry. Vale is seen, By few frequented, and for ever green. Here high in Fame (till Heaven that Fame

withstand) The spreading Pygmy Nations wide Command; By various Arts a frugal Life fuftain, While lab’ring Millions throng each crowded

But now their Defart Realms, as we descry,
Untilld their Vales, their Bowers unpeopled Iye.
While Bones of mighty Dwarfs, and Warriors

Strike ev'ry Eye, and whiten all the Plain.
These Realms are now by Vitor-Cranes poffeft;
There safe they triumph in each airy. Neft.
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