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pery in England.-See, in the State Tracts, a piece called " Abbey Lands not assured to Roman Catholics,” Vol. I. p. 326; and more especially a tract, by some ascribed to Burnet, and by others to Sir William Coventry, entitled, "A Letter written to Dr Burnet, giving some account of Cardinal Pole's secret powers; from which it appears, that it never was intended to confirm the Alienation that was made of the Abbey Lands. To which are added, Two Breves that Cardinal Pole brought over, and some other of his Letters that were never before printed, 1685."
Such were the pleasing triumphs of the sky,
The pledge of his almighty Patron's love,
The fireworks which his angels made above.-P. 182.
The aurora borealis was an uncommon spectacle in England during the 17th century. Its occasional appearance, however, gave foundation to those tales of armies fighting in the air, and similar phenomena with which the credulity of the vulgar was amused. The author seems to allude to some extraordinary display of the aurora borealis on the evening of the battle of Sedgemuir, which was chiefly fought by night. I do not find the circumstance noticed elsewhere. Dryden attests it by his personal evidence.
And then the dew-drops on her silken hide
Too lady-like a long fatigue to bear,
And rough inclemencies of raw nocturnal air.-P. 183.
This seems to be a sarcasm of the same kind with the following: "But," says the zealous Protestant of the mother church, "if you repeal the test, you take away the bulwark that defends the church; for if that were once demolished, the enemy would rush in and possess all; and it is a delicate innocent church that cannot be safe but in a fortified place."-"I must confess, it is a great argument of her modesty to own herself weak and unable to subsist without the support of parliamentary laws, to hang, draw, or quarter her opposers, and without a coercive power in herself to fine and excommunicate all recusants and nonconformists." "* One would wish to ask this Catholic advocate for universal toleration, if he had ever heard of a court in Popish countries for the prevention of heresy, generally called the Inquisition?
New Test of the Church of England's Loyalty.
HIND AND THE PANTHER.
MUCH malice, mingled with a little wit,
With panthers, bears, and wolves, and beasts unknown,
As if we were not stock'd with monsters of ourown.
Such kinds as Greece and Phrygia never knew;
That queen, whose feast the factious rabble keep,
Others our Hind of folly will indite,
* Note I.
Nor need she fear the Panther, though untamed,
But watch'd the time her vengeance to complete,
Nor did their minds an equal banquet want.
On these, prolixly thankful, she enlarged;
Is made more sacred by adversity.
*The Declaration of Indulgence.
+ The Convocation.
The adherence of the church of England to the interests of James, while he was an exile at Brussels, and the Bill of Exclusion against him was in dependence, is here, as in other places, made the subject of panegyric. Had the church joined with the sectaries, the destruction of the Catholics, at the time of the plot, would have been inevitable.