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gence with him, ask not us. But is the pope Antichrist now? Good news! take heed you be not shent for this; for it is verily thought that, had this bill been put in against him in your last convocation, he would have been cleared by most voices.
Remonst. Anything serves against episcopacy.
Answ. See the frowardness of this man! he would persuade us that the succession and divine right of bishopdom hath been unquestionable through all ages; yet, when they bring against him kings, they were irreligious; popes, they are antichrist. By what era of computation, through what fairyland, would the man deduce this perpetual beadroll of uncontradicted episcopacy? The pope may as well boast his ungainsaid authority to them that will believe that all his contradicters were either irreligious or heretical.
Remonst. If the bishops, saith the pope, be declared to be of divine right, they would be exempted from regal power; and if there might be this danger in those kingdoms, why is this enviously upbraided to those of ours? who do gladly profess, &c.
Answ. Because your dissevered principles were but like the mangled pieces of a gashed serpent, that now begun to close, and grow together popish again. Whatsoever you now gladly profess out of fear, we know what your drifts were when you thought yourselves secure.
Remonst. It is a foul slander to charge the name of episcopacy with a faction, for the fact imputed to some few.
Answ. The more foul your faction that hath brought a harmless name into obloquy; and the fact may justly be imputed to all of ye that ought to have withstood it, and did not.
Remonst. Fie, brethren! are ye the presbyters of the church of England, and dare challenge episcopacy of faction?
Answ. Yes, as oft as episcopacy dares be factious.
Remonst. Had you spoken such a word in the time of holy Cyprian, what had become of you?
Answ. They had neither been haled into your Gehenna at Lambeth, nor strapadoed with an oath ex officio by your bowmen of the arches: and as for Cyprian's time, the cause was far unlike, he indeed succeeded into an episcopacy that began then to prelatize; but his personal excellence, like an antidote, overcame the malignity of that breeding corruption, which
was then a disease that lay hid for a while under shew of a full and healthy constitution, as those hydropic humours not discernible at first from a fair and juicy fleshiness of body; or that unwonted ruddy colour, which seems graceful to a cheek otherwise pale, and yet arises from evil causes, either of some inward obstruction or inflammation, and might deceive the first physicians till they had learned the sequel, which Cyprian's days did not bring forth; and the prelatism of episcopacy, which began then to burgeon and spread, had as yet, especially in famous men, a fair, though a false imitation of flourishing.
Remonst. Neither is the wrong less to make application of that which was most justly charged upon the practices and combinations of libelling separatists, whom I deservedly censured, &c.
Answ. To conclude this section, our Remonstrant we see is resolved to make good that which was formerly said of his book, that it was neither humble nor a remonstrance, and this his Defence is of the same complexion. When he is constrained to mention the notorious violence of his clergy, attempted on the church of Scotland, he slightly terms it a fact imputed to some few; but when he speaks of that which the parliament vouchsafes to name the city petition, " which I,” saith he, (as if the state had made him public censor,)" deservedly censured." And how? As before for a tumultuary and underhand way of procured subscriptions, so now in his Defence more bitterly, as the practices and combinations of libelling separatists, and the miszealous advocates thereof, justly to be branded for incendiaries. Whether this be for the honour of our chief city to be noted with such an infamy for a petition, which not without some of the magistrates, and great numbers of sober and considerable men, was orderly and meekly presented, although our great clerks think that these men, because they have a trade, (as Christ himself and St. Paul had,) cannot therefore attain to some good measure of knowledge, and to a reason of their actions, as well as they that spend their youth in loitering, bezzling, and harlotting, their studies in unprofitable questions and barbarous sophistry, their middle age in ambition and idleness, their olage in avarice, dotage, and diseases. And whether this reflect not with a contumely upon the parliament itself, which thought
this petition worthy, not only of receiving, but of voting to a commitment, after it had been advocated, and moved for by some honourable and learned gentlemen of the house, to be called a combination of libelling separatists, and the advocates thereof to be branded for incendiaries; whether this appeach not the judgment and approbation of the parliament, I leave to equal arbiters.
REMONST. After the overflowing of your gall, you descend to liturgy and episcopacy.
Answ. The overflow being past, you cannot now in your own judgment impute any bitterness to their following dis
Remonst. Dr. Hall, whom you name I dare say for honour's sake.
Answ. You are a merry man, sir, and dare say much. Remonst. And why should not I speak of martyrs, as the authors and users of this holy liturgy?
Answ. As the authors! the translators, you might perhaps have said: for Edward the Sixth, as Hayward hath written in his story, will tell you, upon the word of a king, that the order of the service, and the use thereof in the English tongue, is no other than the old service was, and the same words in English which were in Latin, except a few things omitted, so fond, that it had been a shame to have heard them in English; these are his words: whereby we are left uncertain who the author was, but certain that part of the work was esteemed so absurd by the translators thereof, as was to be ashamed of in English. O but the martyrs were the refiners of it, for that only is left you to say. Admit hey were, they could not refine a scorpion into a fish, though they had drawn it, and rinsed it with never so cleanly cookery, which made them fall at variance among them. selves about the use either of it, or the ceremonies belonging to it.
Remonst. Slight you them as you please, we bless God for such patrons of our good cause.
Answ. O Benedicite! Qui color ater erat, nunc est contrarius atro. Are not these they which one of your bishops
in print scornfully terms the Foxian confessors? Are not these they whose acts and monuments are not only so contemptible, but so hateful to the prelates, that their story was almost come to be a prohibited book, which for these two or three editions hath crept into the world by stealth, and at times of advantage, not without the open regret and vexation of the bishops, as many honest men that had to do in setting forth the book will justify? And now at a dead lift for your liturgies you bless God for them out upon such hypocrisy!
Remonst. As if we were bound to make good every word that falls from the mouth of every bishop.
Answ. Your faction then belike is a subtile Janus, and hath two faces: your bolder face to set forward any innovations or scandals in the church, your cautious and wary face to disavow them if they succeed not, that so the fault may not light upon the function, lest it should spoil the whole plot by giving it an irrecoverable wound. Wherefore else did you not long ago, as a good bishop should have done, disclaim and protest against them? Wherefore have you sat still, and complied and hood-winked, till the general complaints of the land have squeezed you to a wretched, cold, and hollow-hearted confession of some prelatical riots both in this and other places of your book? Nay, what if you still defend them as follows?
Remonst. If a bishop have said that our liturgy hath been so wisely and charitably framed, as that the devotion of it yieldeth no cause of offence to a very pope's ear.
Answ. O new and never heard of supererogative height of wisdom and charity in our liturgy! Is the wisdom of God or the charitable framing of God's word otherwise inoffensive to the pope's ear, than as he may turn it to the working of his mysterious iniquity? A little pulley would have stretched your wise and charitable frame it may be three inches further, that the devotion of it might have yielded no cause of offence to the very devil's ear, and that had been the same wisdom and charity surmounting to the highest degree. For antichrist we know is but the devil's vicar; and therefore please him with your liturgy, and you please his master.
Remonst. Would you think it requisite, that we should chide and quarrel when we speak to the God of peace?
Answ. Fie, no sir, but forecast our prayers so, that Satan
and his instruments may take as little exception against them as may be, lest they should chide and quarrel with us.
Remonst. It is no little advantage to our cause and piety, that our liturgy is taught to speak several languages for use and example.
Answ. The language of Ashdod is one of them, and that makes so many Englishmen have such a smattering of their Philistian mother. And indeed our liturgy hath run up and down the world like an English galloping nun proffering herself; but we hear of none yet that bids money for her.
Remonst. As for that sharp censure of learned Mr. Calvin, it might well have been forborne by him in aliena republica.
Answ. Thus this untheological remonstrant would divide the individual catholic church into several republics: know, therefore, that every worthy pastor of the church of Christ hath universal right to admonish over all the world within the church; nor can that care be aliened from him by any distance or distinction of nation, so long as in Christ all nations and languages are as one household.
Remonst. Neither would you think it could become any of our greatest divines, to meddle with his charge.
Answ. It hath ill become them indeed to meddle so maliciously, as many of them have done, though that patient and Christian city hath borne hitherto all their profane scoffs with silence.
Remonst. Our liturgy passed the judgment of no less reverend heads than his own.
Answ. It bribed their judgments with worldly engagements, and so passed it.
Remonst. As for that unparalleled discourse concerning the antiquity of liturgies, I cannot help your wonder, but shall justify mine own assertion.
Answ. Your justification is but a miserable shifting off those testimonies of the ancientest fathers alleged against you, and the authority of some synodal canons, which are now arrant to us. We profess to decide our controversies only by the scriptures; but yet to repress your vain-glory, there will be voluntarily bestowed upon you a sufficient conviction of your novelties out of succeeding antiquity.
Remonst. I cannot see how you will avoid your own contradiction, for I demand, is this order of praying and admi