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guidance and undaunted Wisdome, Lords and Commons of England. Neither is it in God's esteeme the diminuticn of his glory, when honourable things are fpoken of good men and worthy Magistrates; which if I now first should begin to doe, after fo fair a progreffe of your laudable deeds, and such a long obligement upon the whole Realme to your indefatigable vertues, I might be justly reckn'd among the tardiest, and unwillingest of them that praise yee. Neverthelesse there being three principall things, without which all praising is but courtship and flattery, First, when that only is prais'd which is solidly worth praise : next when greatest likelihoods are brought that such things are truly


and really in those persons to whom they are ascrib'd, the other, when he who praises, by shewing that such his actuall perswafion is of whom he writes, can demonstrate that he flatters not; the former two of these I have heretofore endeavour'd, rescuing the employment from him who went about to impaire your merits with a triviall and malignant Encomium ; the latter as belonging chiefly to mine owne acquittall, that whom I so extoll'd I did not flatter, hath been reservd opportunely to this occasion. For he who freely magnifies what hath been nobly done, and fears not to declare as freely what might be done better, gives ye the best cov'nant of his fidelity ; and that his loyalest affection and his hope R 2


waits on your proceedings. His highest praising is not flattery, and his plainest advice is a kinde of praising; for though I should affirme and hold by argument, that it would fare better with truth, with learning, and the Commonwealth, if one of your publisht Orders which I should name, were call'd in, yet at the same time it could not but much redound to the lustre of your milde and equall Government, when as private persons are hereby animated to thinke ye better pleas'd with publick advice, then other statists have been delighted heretofore with publicke flattery. And men will then see what difference there is between the magnanimity of a trienniall Parlament, and that jealous hautinefse of Pre



lates and cabin Counsellours that usurpt of late, when as they shall observe yee in the midd'st of your Victories and succeffes more gently brooking writt’n exceptions against a voted Order, then other Courts, which had product nothing worth memory but the weake ostentation of wealth, would have endur'd the least signifi'd dislike at any sudden Proclamation. If I should thus farre presume upon

the meek demeanour of your civill and gentle greatneffe, Lords and Coin-mons, as what your publisht Order hath directly said, that to gainfay, I might defend


felfe with ease, if any should accuse me of being new or insolent, did they but know how much better I find ye esteem it to imitate the old and cle



gant humanity of Greece, then the barbarick pride of a Hunnish and Norwegian ftatelines. And out of those ages, to whose polite wisdom and letters we ow that we are not yet Gothes and Jutlanders, I could name him who from his private house wrote that discourse to the Parlament of Athens, that perswades them to change the forme of Democraty which was then establisht. Such honour was done in those dayes to men who profest the study of wisdome and eloquence, not only in their own Country, but in other Lands, that Cities and Siniories heard them gladly, and with great respect, if they had ought in publick to admonish the State. Thus did Dion Prufæus a stranger and a privat Ora


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