EXPLICATION, OF-THRISSELS-BANNER.

Containing a Brief Interpretation & Declaration, Of the Forme & Fashion thereof, as also Of the Matter therein Expressed.

ANNO 1640.

Matt. Chap. 10. vers. 16. Bee- Wijse-as-Serpents Innocent-as-Doues

Psalm 20. Verse. 1. 5.

The Lord heare thee in the day of trouble: the Name of Iaakobs God defend thee, &c. that Wee may reioyce in thy salvation and set up the Banner in the Name of our God &c.

Psalm 60. Verse. 4.

Thou (O God) hast given a Banner to them that feare thee, that it may be displayed becaus of thy Trueth.

The Preface.

SInce never Man at any tyme could so wysely frame his Work or compose his Wryttings but (it comming to the Pu­blike view) either Ignorance or Envy (if not both) Mortal Ennemies to Vertue did always labour to Under-Myne the Sinceritie of the Author, seeking (with the pricking SPi­der) to draw theyr Venem out of the best Herbes and sweetest smelling Floures? I Considering this, darre promese no Secu­rite to My self (tho a continual Amator yet no dayly Practiser) being but a new graffed Impe in comparison of those innume­rable flourissing famous (and yet neverthelesse controlled) Poets, Notwith standing (being mooved with a entire Affection towards al those that from theyr Hearts wish, Labour for, and Ayme at, the Peace of Syon) I have enterprysed and, by the Grace of God, finished and perfyted, My first Fruit, Intitulate Thrissels Banner? And knowing that the same shal rencounter, and come to, the Hands and Eyes, both of Friends and Foes, which I al include in three Ranks, the First, Wyse and Understan­ding (only Absolute Friends) the Second, Ignorants (both Frieuds and Foes) the Thrid Malicious Partial Calumniators (only Absolute Foes) Therefore I have thought it most Necessary and Expedient (for Preventing and Eschewing, so farre as possibly I can, al false Glosses of Adversaries) to Accompany and Convoye the foresayd Banner, with this My owne Expli­cation, where in I have (so Briefly and playnly as I could) faythfully Declared My Meaning and Intention in everie thing, [Page] as wel anent the Forme of it, as concerning the Matter and words therein contayned; which I Hope shal tend, To, the Comfort and Edification of the First. Instruction of the Second, Conviction and Disclosing of the Third, and in Al and Everie one of them, to the Glory of God, whom I earnestly beseech to Maintayne His owne Cause, to Strenthen Encouradge and Assist the Defenders thereof, to Open the Eyes of such as yet are Blinded, to Arme al those that suffer Persecution for His sake, with Wisdome and Christian Patience, graunting thame, that passing Natural understanding, Peace of Conscience. Here in this Lyfe, and in His owne good Tyme Everlasting.

Repos Ailleurs.

Explication of the Forme & Fashion of Thrissels Banner.

The Booke.

SIgnifyeth The Byble and consequently Ios. 1, 8. Psal. 119 105, [...]72 Psal. 19. 7, &c. Isai. 20, 8. Isai 66, 25. Luk 8, 21. Ioh 5, 24. 38. Heb 4, 12. 1. Ioh 2, 5. the Word of God, which ought to be the Foundation and Ground of our Attempts, as being the only Infallible Rule whereby al the Imaginations, Thoughts, Words, Resolutions and actions of Man should be Squared.

The Sword.

Signifyeth Rom. 13, 4. Authority, and the standing of it upon the Byble, Signifyeth that Rom 1 [...], 1. Prov. 8, 15, 16. Dan. 2, 21. al Authority is of God.

The Thrissel Crouwned.

Signifyeth the Kingdome of Scotland, Item the Binding and Knitting of the Thrissel and Sword each one to other, Signifyeth the Mutual Band betwixt King and Subiects, Item the Thrissel Decoring the Sword Signifyeth that Prov. 14, 28. the Honour of a King stan­deth in his Subiects, Item the Sword carying up the Thrissel and so the Thrissel Resting, and (as it were) Growing upon the Sword, Signifyeth, as Rom. 13, 1 [...]. Kings ought to Maintayne and Defend theyr Subiects, being (under God) a Rest and Refuge unto them, so Rom. [...]3, 1 [...] 1. Pet 2, 7. Subiects are Bund and Obliged to give due Respect and Honour to theyr King and to Obey theyr Superiours in al things Act. 4, 19. Agree­ing with the Law and Commandement of God,

The Garter.

Signifyeth Eph 4, [...]. Col. 3. 24, 25. The Bond of Peace, Item the Garter binding the Sword (by a Knot about the Gardes therof) in and fast to the Sheath, and so going upward throug the fyve Rings, with woup­pings about the Sheath fastening the Sword to the Banner, Sig­nifyeth that of al Estats, that is the most Happy, which (next unto the Isai 54, 13. Techa 8, 19. Luc. 1, 27, 29. True Light of Gods Word and His Pure Worship) Enioy­eth a Blessed Levi. 26, 36. Num. 6, 26. Psal. 29, 11. Psal. 147, 14. Luc. 2, 14. 2. Thes 3, 6. Peace Especially within it Self when King and [Page] Subiects of al Ranks, are (as it were) wrapped togither in Psal. 133, 1. Ʋnitie Peace and Brotherly Love, Item the two Loufe-hinging-Ends of the Garter, Signifye that al readie some Knots of Peace are Lou­sed, And as there is only resting one Knot about the Gardes and another about the Thrissel, so Peace betwixt King and Subiects is in a weake Estate, and be al ontward appearance (except The Lord of Peace Prevent it) verie neere at ane End, Item as the Sword can not be Drawne, unles, that one (get resting, fast) Knot about the Gardes be either Loused, or Broken, and that being done, the Garter shal Hing wholely Lousse, and not be able to beare up, or Keep fast, neither Banner nor Thrissel, So if the King Enter againe in Warre lyke manner against his Subiects, and so (as it were) shaking thame of, Reiecting theyr Earnest and Lawful Petitions They (finding them selfs altogither cast Lousse and Justice Denyed to them) shalbe forced, and must Resolve, to take them to ano­ther Course, and to use al Possible, Lawful and Readiest Meanes for the Safetie and Defence of Themselfs, Religion and Liberties.

The Banner.

Signifyeth the True Reformed Religion, by the Ioh. 8, 31. Ihon 13, 35. Mat 12, 50. Act. 11, 26. Sincere Pro­fession and Practise whereof, Al Faythful Christians (as Souldiers by theyr Cullours) are Knowne and Discerned from Mat 23, 13, &c. Mat 7, 16, 22. Tyme­serving-Hypocrites and Infidels.

The Crosses into the Banner.

Signifye (by and attour theyr Ordinarie usual Signification) the Psal 31, 19 Iob 14, 1, Iohn 16, 33 2, Tim, 3, 2. Many fold Troubles Miseries and Calamities, where unto al Righteous True Members and Disciples of Chryst (in this Lyfe) are Subiect, Item al the Crosses in the Banner both Beginning and En­ding, p Lam. 2, 14, Gal. 2, 4. 2. Pet, 2, 1. Gal 6, 12, Ezeh 13, 2, 1 Kings, 32, 5. 6, Ier 6, 14, Ier 8, 11. Ier. 23, 9, Ier 50. 6. From and Into, the Edge or Border of the Banner, Signifye, that (according to the Old Proverbe Omne Malum ab Ecclesia)

Ordinarly in al Ages the greatest Troubles were (as yet they are) Bred and Occasioned by such as carie the Name and Shew of Gods Messengers, but whosoever wil but, with sound Iudge­ment, cal to Mynd bygone Examples, with open Eyes, behold pre­sent Experience, and with patient Hearts waite upon the Lords due tyme, shal certainly Learne, clearly See, and surely find, that God ever hath Iob, 5, 12, 13 Psal. 31, 23, Psal 119, 21, Prov. 15, 25, Isai, 2, 12, Luc. 1, 51, Skattered the Proud in the Imagination of theyr Hearts, stil doeth Prov, 12, 7, Prov, 21, 1 [...], Cor. 3, 19 Overthrow the wicked in theyr owne Interpryses, and [Page] finally shal make the Ennemies of his Trueth Psal 75, 8. wring out and Drinke the Dregs of his Wrath, and put Them to Ier, 20, 11, Isai, 41, 11. Everlasting Shame and Perpetual Confusion.

The fyve Rings.

Signifye Exod, 19, 5 6, Exod, 34, 27. Levi, 20, 9, Deut. 5, 2, 3. Al the Faythful Covenanters in Scotland Nobilitie, Gen­trie, Borrows, Ministers and Commons, Item the Fastening of the Rings into the Banner, Signifyeth how Exod. 24, 8. Levi, 24, 8 Levi, 26, 9, 15. 25 42, 44, Deut 4, 13, 23, Deut, 7, 9, 12, Deut, 8, 18 Deut. 29, 1, &c Iosue, 24, 25, 2. Kings, 11, 7. 2. Cron, 34, 50 31 Deeply they are Sworne, and firmely Bund and Obliged (Coniunctly and unseparably) to Mayntayne, Defend, and Cleave fast, unto, the True Refor­med Religion, to theyr Lyfes End, Item as the Lousing of the Garter may wel Separate the Sword from the Rings but can not Separate the Rings from the Banner, So the Breach of Peace may wel make a Separation betwixt King and Subiects but Rom, S, 35. 38, Psal, 119, 33, &c. shal never be able to make any Separation betwixt the Sincere Covenanters and True Religion.

The Streamer.

Signifyeth Psal. 74, 22, 22 The good Cause, Item the Cord (wherby the Stre­amer is fastened to the Thrissel) Signifyeth Ezek, 20, 37. the Bond of the Cove­nant, whereby the Faythful Covenanters are Fastened and Knitt to the Good Cause.

Explication of the Matter Expressed in Thrissels Banner.

The Title.

As al Right and True-Mynded Authors ever Studie and In­devore to Intitulate theyr Labours and Wryttings, So, that, the Spectator at the first View, and the Render in one Word, may take up and Conceive the whole Matter, togither with the Author his Sh [...]pe and Intention, So I (according to my simple Iudcement) have thought Thrissels Banner the fittest Title for that Worke, the whole Matter therein contayned, Belonging properly to the present Estate of Scotland and Inhabitants thereof.

Liberum Hilarem.

Standing within the Body of the Thrissel, Signifyeth that Levi. 25, 100 Isai. 61, 6, Psal, 14. 71. Al which is Free is Joyful.

Si Deus nobiscum Quis contranos.

Standing into the two Leafes of the Thrissel, Signifyeth that al those Psal 23, 1, &c. Psal, 23, 25, Psal, 56, 11, Rom, 8, 31. who have God on theyr syde, need not Feare nor Care much Who be against them.

Tandem Bona Causa Triumphat.

Standing into the Streamer, Signifyeth that Psal 37, 37. Ier. 29. 11. Psal, 105, 19. Rom, 8, 25. The good Cause shal finally (in The Lords due tyme) Triumph.

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THRISSELS.BANNER
‘Tandem Bona Causa Triumphat’

‘SI.DEUS.NOBISCUM.QUIS.CONTRA.NOS’

IN.DEFENCE.
‘O.King.of.Royal.Race.Remember.My.true.Word.Thou.ventur's Crown,and.Peace.By.Drawing.Thy.Sword.’‘CREDE.MIHI.VERUM.LIBERTAS.OPTIMA.RERUM. NUNQUAM.SERVILI.SUB.NEXU.VIVETE.FILII.’

‘VERBVM.DOMINI.MANET IN.AETERNUM’‘REMOVE.THE.WICKED.FROM.THE.KING: IN.RIGHTEOUSNES.THEN.SHAL.HEE.REIGN PROVERBIORUM XXV.V.

‘DOMINUS.FIRMET.VINCULUM.PACIS.’

If.this.knot.loused.bee.it's.thy.Loss.and.thy.heirs.whither.the.Victo [...].bee.on.thy.syde.or.theirs.

‘PRO LEGE REGE GREGE’‘HONY.SOIT.QUI.MAL.Y.PENSE.’

WHEN.EVER.FAYTHFUL.HEARTS.BEHOLD.OUR.CROSSED.NATION
OH.THEY.WIL.DROWN.IN.GRIEF.UNLES.FOR.INFORMATION
THEY.ENTER.IN.GODS.COURTS.TAKING.DILIGENT.VIEW
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OPPRESSORS.PLOTS.UNKLOACKT.HYRLINGS.DAMN'D.AND.ABIURED
LYKE.VIPERS-BROOD.THEY STILL.TROUBLING.OUR.STATE.ABYDE
UNBUCKLING.BRITTANS.CROWN.FOR.DOUBLING.OUT.THEYR.PRYDE
SINCE.CHRYST.BECOME.OUR.KING.SYONS.TRUETH.OUR.FONDATION
WORDLINGS.DID.EVER.CROSS.OUR.PEACE.AND.REFORMATION
ENVY.TH'INFERNAL.CHEIF.UNCESSANTLY.TORMENTS
EVA'S.TRUE.PROMIS'D.SEED.BY.RESTLES.INSTRUMENTS
LET.CHRISTIANS.NOT GROW.FEARD.OF.SATANS.ROARING.STORY
FOR.THIS.OUR.WRESTLING.DAY.WIL.BRAVELY.END.IN.GLORY
EV'N.THIS.OUR.TEMP'RAL.YOKE.IT.SHAL.YEELD.AND.BRING.HOME
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GOD.SHAL (MAINTAYN.HIS.CAUS).NO.DOUBT.FULLY.RESCUE.US
ON.HIS.TRUETH.WEE'L.DEPEND.SINCE.THOW.OUR.EARTHLY.HOPE
DECEIV'D.BY.MONSTERS.MASK'D.CONDEMN'S.OUR.LOYAL.SKOPE
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AND.QUENSH.THE.KINDLED.FYRE.APPEAL.FROM.RAGE.TO.REASON
REPARE.RELIGIONS.WALLES.LET.WRATH.WITH.PHAR'O.DROWN
OH.DEAR.HEAD.ROOTE.OUT.SUCH.WHO.SEEKE.T'HAVE.THEE.DESMEMBERD
LO.NOW.THOW.CANST.ATTAYN.TO.FAYTHS.DEFENCE.RENOWN
VAYN.HAMANS.MUST.BE.TRY'D.TRUE.MORDECAIS.REMEMBERD
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WHEN.ONLY.THRISSELS.KING.OUR.FAYTHFUL.STEWARD.BORN
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Tho.al.the.Pow'rs.and.Strength.
masked.with.Wordly.Toyes.
Of.Satan.Hel.and.Death
Thyne. (O Lord) here.Oppressed,
Cun̄yng. Curs'd.Fooles.at.length.
hame. jn.Thy.Upper-Joyes.
Contentles.through.Fyr's.Breath
Thee. with Thyne.shal.see.Blessed

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Si Deus nobiscum Quis contranos.

Standing into the two Leafes of the Thrissel, Signifyeth that al those Psal 23, 1, &c. Psal, 23, 25, Psal, 56, 11, Rom, 8, 31. who have God on theyr syde, need not Feare nor Care much Who be against them.

Tandem Bona Causa Triumphat.

Standing into the Streamer, Signifyeth that Psal 37, 37. Ier. 29. 11. Psal, 105, 19. Rom, 8, 25. The good Cause shal finally (in The Lords due tyme) Triumph.

Pro Lege Rege Grege.

Standing in the Margine before the Sword, Signifyeth What only are Just and Lawful Causes for Raising up Armes and Publique Warre, To witt, Iosua 22, 12. & For the Maintenance of Gods true Worship, 2, Sam, 10, 5 & Maintenance of the Authority of Lawful Superiours, 1. Kin. 12, 16, 24 and For the Maintenance of the Common Wealth.

Crede mihi verum Libertas optima rerum nunquam Servili sub Nexu vivete Filij.

Standing upon the Hand of the Sword, Signifyeth (in a Pray­sing and Recommending Manner) the 1. Cor, 7, 21. Gal. 5, 1. Happy Estate of Free­dome and Liberty, and to the Contrary Dispraysing, and Diswa­ding al Men from, the Exod. 1, 14. Exod. 6 9. Exod. 20, 2. Deut. 28, 68. 1. Cor, 7, 23. Miserable and unhappy Estate of Slave­rie and Cruel Yoke of Bondage.

Remove the VVicked from the King in Righteousnes then shal he Reign.

Standing upon the Booke, is Collected out of the Grave Sen­tences and Pithy Parables of the 1. Kings. 4, 31. Wysest King Who never had nor shal have ane Equal, Signifyeing how Ordinally 2 Cron. 22, 4, Esra. 4, 5. Ester, 5, [...]1. Psal. 41, 9. Wicked Coun­sellours are Nearest Kings, and how Necessary it is (if the King desyreth His Throne to be Established in Righteousnes, not only to be Just, Pure, and Righteous Himself, but also) to Prov 20, 26. Psal. 26, 5. Psal. 10 [...], 3 &c. Psal, 119. 1 [...]5. Skatter the Wicked to Close his Eares and Barre his Court-doores upon al Pro­phane Courteours and Corrupted Counsellers.

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O King of Royal Race, Remember My true VVord thow ventur's Crown and Peace, By Drawing of Thy Sword.

Standing upon the Sheath, is a Warning to the King, Signifyeing the great Danger of a Domestike Warre, and that Mat 12, 25. Mark, 3, 24. Luke 12, 17. a Kingdome Divyded against it Self can not Stand.

If this Knot loused bee, it's thy Loss and thy heirs Whether the Victorie, bee on thy syde or theirs.

Standing upon the Garter, beginning upon the Knot thereof about the Gardes, is a Reason Backing and Binding the foresayd Warning, Signifyeing what Fruits and Effects the King is to Ex­pect by casting lousse the Knot of Peace, and Drawing the Sword against His Subiects, Showing 1. Kings, 20, [...] Cron, [...]0, 6. Prov, 16, 33, Prov 21, 30, 31, Psal, 98, 1, Amos 2, 14, &c. Psal 32, 16. the Ʋncertaintie of the Victory, and how His Matie (goe as it wil) shal always be a Loser, for if His Armie bee Victorious, Hee may wel Gaine Dan. 11, 21, 32 34 a Frothy Prayse of Flatterers, and Bellie blowers of those Troubles, togither with 2 Cron, 21, 1 [...], ane outward Show of Compelled Obedience, but in the Meantyme Hee shal Losse the Hearts and Affection of His Subiects, if Con­trary, Dan, 2, 21, Psal [...]9, 19, 20, Psal, 119 6. 80, Luc 14, 30, then His Losse shalbe greater (by and attour the Staine of His Honnour and Reputation at Home and Abroad) then al the Power and crafty Witt of His Cruel Psal, 68, 30. Eccl, 9, 18, Prov, 12, 20. Warre-Counsellers shalbe Able to Nestore.

Dominus firmet Vinculum Pacis.

Standing into the Neather End of the Garter is a Wish and ear­nest Desyre of the Godly, for unity, Amity and Concord, Praying Psal, 122, 6 &c Psal, 147, 14, Ephe. 4, 3, 2. Thess, 3, 16. The Lord to Establish the Bond of Peace, Item the Standing of this Wish, into that end of the Garter, neare the Knot which is about the Gardes, Signifyeth, that if the King (in whose Power it is under God I keep fast this Knot and Iosua 1. 16, &c. 1. Kings 12, 7, 8 be Addicted unto Peace, there is no Doubt but His Subiects in Scotland in tymes comming shal Remaine (as they have ever bene) True Loyal and Obedient to Him (theyr Natural Prince) in al Things Lawful.

Hony soit Qui Maly pense.

Standing into the Ʋpper End of the Garter, is the proper [Page] Deton of the Garter about the Kings Armes where this hath its owne Signification, only the Standing of the same in that End of the Garter neare the Thrissel, Signifyeth, that if the King can not be 1 King 12, 8 16 1. Kings 12, 24. Ierem, 22, 5. Diswaded, but Absolutely Wil Louse the Knot of Peace, (which yet is fast about the Gardes) then no Man should think Evil or Rashly Condemne the (Compelled) Lousers of that Knot which yet holdeth fast the Thrissel.

In Defence.

Standing upon the Gardes of the Sword, is the Kings owne pro­per Deton, and in this Place it Signifyeth to put His Matie in Re­membrance, When Hee is goeing to Draw His Sword, to Pon­der and Meditate upon this His owne Deton, and to Consider, that even as the Gardes of the Sword is Ordained only for Defence (not for Offence) of the Body, and particulare Members, of Him that maketh use of the Sword, Rom 13, 1, &c, 1. Pet, 2, 13. 7, Isai 49, 23. Ierem. 22, 3, &c. Prov 8, 15. Dan. 2, 25. So that Temporal Power which The Lord hath gevin Him, Hee is to Employe and Chiefly to use, in Defence, of Himself, and of His Natural Members, Defending The Cause of Him by Whom Kings Reigns.

Hold fast the Trueth, care not for Mortal Men, Expecting th'Endles Crown most Comfortable, If Christians Hope were but in this Lyfe, then Wee, of al Men, were the most Miserable.

Standing into the Edge or Border of the Banner Signifyeth, even as it goeth round about Environning the Banner, So al Faythful Pastors Continually are goeing about in every Part, Isai 58, 1. Hos 5, 8. Ioel 2, [...] Blowing the Horne from Corner to Corner, Psal. 106, 23. Ezek 13, 5. Ezek 22, 30. Ezek 3, 17. &c. Ezek 33, 7 &c. Luc. 12, 42. Tim. [...], 7. 1. Cor 4, 1, 2. Mat. 5, 6. Act 1 [...], 22, as True Shepherds Standing (as it were) into the Gap, Environning the Flocke com­mitted to theyr Charge, as good Watchmen Advertising the Peo­ple of the apparent Dangers, and as careful Stewards ever Provy­ding Spiritual Foode for al such as Hunger and Thirst for Righ­teousnes, Confirming the Hearts of the Godly Exhorting them to Continue in the Fayth, Affirming that Act. 14, 21. Luc. 9, 22, Crosses and Afflictions are the right Way and Entrie to Heaven, Encourageing them with a Christian Constancie to 1 Pet. [...], 22, 1 Tim, 6, 19, 20, hold fast the Trueth, Despysing al Those whose greatest Power is only to Mat [...]0, [...]8, Kil the Body, and to Consider that theyr 1. Cor, 15, 19 Rom. 8 24. 2, Cor, 3, 12. Col, 1, 5, Tit, 2, 13, Heb 6, 19, &c 1. Iohn, 3, [...]. Hope and Felicitie is not only in this Lyfe, but that They shalbe Crowned with Endles Joyes and Blessed Hap­pynesse [Page] when this theyr short Pilgrimage is finished.

VVo to Them that Control Us, Wee'l Fear God, then Carolus.

Being the first Letters of everie Lyne into the Banner, Signi­fyeing that Isai, 10, 1 Prov, 17, 15, Isai, 5 [...], 9, Mat, 12, 7, Luc, 6, 37, Grief and Wo shable the End of al Those that Spyte­fully Controlleth and Maliciously Condemneth the Loyal Covenan­ters of Scotland Becaus they Hose 5, 11, 12. Prov, 34, 21, Act, 5, 29, 1, Pet, 2, 17, Isai, 51, 12, 13. Preferre the Fear of God before the Fear of Farthly Kings and Princes.

When only Thrissels King our Faythful Steward Born S. Andrews Cros Enioy'd, We Ioy'd by Trueths Plantation.

Standing into the first or Formest (called the S Andrews) Cros Signifyeth the 2 Kings 23, 19, 2. Cron, 34, 33 2 Cron, 29, 5, Psal, 97, 1, 8, &c, 1. Pet, 1, 6, 8, Joyful Estate of the Church in Scotland, at that Tyme of the Blessed Reformatton When King James, 6. was King of Scots only.

But since the doubel Cros of Brittans Chief was Worn, Worldlings did ever Cross our Peace and Reformation.

Standing into the Second (called the S. George) Cros, Signi­fyeth How (since the Yle of Brittan come under the Governe­ment of One King) the Imps of Mat, 15, 5, 6, Marc, 7, 9. 13, Col, 2, 8, 26, Ephe, 5, 6 Isai, [...]9, 13. Superstition and Seeds of Ydle Ceremonies have (Secretly and Openly Peece and Peece) bene Sent, Brought, and Cropen in to the Church of Scotland, By Carnal Men and Such as (with 2, Timo, 4, 10. Luk, 12, 30, Iam, 4. 4, 1. Ioh. 2, 15. &c. Demas) Embraced this present World.

Explication of the VVords Comprehended Within the Body of the Banner.

The Meaning and Substance of the whole Verses Corsisting in 43. Lynes, is Briefly this, To Witt, 1. A Lamentable Speech of Al the Godly Within the Realme of Scotlana Directed to Al the Members of Iesus Chryst Dispersed throw the whole World, Showing, that the Hearts of the Faythful (if They only Consider [Page] and cast theyr Eyes upon the Psal. 73, 15, 16. present Estate of Scotland, Loadened with Crosses and Calamities) shal be Overwhelmed with Sorrow Dolour and Grief, But yet Psal. 73, 17. as soone as They shal Enter into the Sactuary of God and take Consultation of His Infallible Verity, They shal Find this to have bene Ever the continual Practise of Iohn. 8, 44. the Devit (Who is a Murtherer from the Beginning) Always to Persew (with greattest Vehemency) Mat. 12, 44. Luk 11, 24. 2. Pet. 2, 18. &c. Those Who once were under His Dominion but Laboureth to be Freed of His Yoke, and more and more to Banish Him and Idolatry out of theyr Hearts and Bounds, And when Hee can not get Them under his Clawes so Openly as Before When They were wholely Blinded in Super­stition, Act. 13, 10. 2. Cor 11, 3. Ephe 4, 14. Gen. 3, 13. Hee Stryves to Effectuate the same by Crafty and Subtil Allurings, ∽.

2. How Hee Lately sought to Re-Establish, His Decayed Whoo­rish Throne of Spiritual Adultery, in that Kingdome, Thinking with Maine and Might Prov. 26, 11. 2. Pet. 2, 12. to Bring Them Againe to (Theyr once Vomitted) Slavery, and so Planting the Seate of Darknes amongst Them, Surer then Before, to Make Theyr Mat 12, 45. Luk. 11, 26. 2. Pet. 2, 20. Last Estate Worse then the First, ∽.

3. How The Lord Disappointed Satan, and Mooved the Hearts of His People, 2 Cron 34, 27. Iere. 50, 4. 6. Speedily to Renew theyr Covenant With Theyr God, Confesse theyr Sinnes and Cry for Mercy and Help at His Hands, Psal. 74, 2. 1. Kings. 8, 51, 52 Psal. 28, 9. Psal 33, 12. Psal 68, 9. Psal. 94, 14. Who (Pitying His owne Inheritance) Heard Theyr Grones and did Graunt them theyr Earnest Desyres, in Cleansing His Church, from al Filthynesse and Ydle Toyes and in Skattering the Forgers thereof, Bringing Them and theyr Ceremonies to Confu­sion, So that those Belly Gods Isai 42, 19. &c Isai. 56, 10. Mat 15, 14. Mat 2, 6 &c. Ichn 9, 39 &c. Rom 2, 9. &c. 2. Pet 1, 9. 2 Cor 2, 4. (Blind Guydes both to Ʋthers and also to Themselfs) not being Able to find out any Reasonnable Excuse for those (of Them Invented) Mat. 15, 3. 6. Mark. 7, 7. &c. Humayn Traditions, nei­ther in Gods Law nor Mans Law, Wondrously Enraged to See such a Suddaine (of them thought unpossible) Change, Went At Amased the Pretended Bishops of Dunkell Catnes Orknay. (Except 3. Who gave Glory to God by theyr Actual Recantation) with Speedy Posting, to the King and Canterbury Theyr Only Hope and Stay (as they Presume and Boast) Sho­wing Them (with Regrate) how theyr Booke of Cannons and Comone Prayers fayled them, how Theyr Plots against the Righ­teous were altogither Discovered, How the Sentence of Excom­munication, against Them (as Hyrelings) was Pronounced, th' Eter­nal Farewel Subscryved, and Al theyr Pompe Glory and Vayn Wil-Worship, Damned and Abiured for Ever? This did not Ease theyr Burdened Stomachs, nor yet Satisfie theyr unhealth some appetites [Page] But Prov 26, 25 prov, 28, 25, Ier, 9, 8. Mat, 23, 32, psal 12, 4, psal. 58, 2, psal 140, 2. prov, 6, 14. prov. 12, 20, prov, 24, 2. Theyr Hearts being Fraughted with Malice, Fulfilling the Measure of (the Pharisees) theyr Grandfathers, Lyke Mat 22, 23. Mat. 12, 34. psal, 10 2, &c. psal. 26, 11, prov. 13, 10, prov. 16, 18. Ezek 16, 49, Obad, 3 Zeph, 2, [...]0. Serpents and the Generation of Vipers (being Loath to Part with theyr Pryde and Ambition) They have stil Continued to Trouble and Molest both Church and State and (as Vmq le Pre­ter ded Arch-Bishop of S. Andrews. One of Theyr Chioss Boastingly had vanted) done what in them lay, to make Three Kingdomes Shake, for Doubling out the North Cap of theyr Desyres ∽.

4. How the Church of Scotland was never Free of Crosses and Troubles, since they psal. 149, 2. 1. Tim, 6, 12, 2. Tim, 2, 3, 4, 2, Tim, [...], 7, Cantic. 2, 4, 1. Cor, 11, 3, Ephe 4, 15, Ephe, 5, 23. psal. 125, 26, Zecha, 8, 3, Isai, 28, 16, 1. pet, 2, 6, Fought under the Banner of Iesus Chryst theyr King and Captaine for the Defeuce and Maintenance of Sions Trueth and sure Foundation, and no wonder seeing Gen, 3, 15 God himself hath put Enmity betwixt the Serpēt and the Woeman and theyr Seed. ∽.

5. Ane Exhortation to Al Faythful Christians, that They should not be to much Afrayd of Satans Rage and Fury and not to Gala, 6, 7. Ephe, 3, 13, Heb, 12, [...]5, Faint under the Crosse, But with Courage and Constancie Ephe, 6, 12, Feght and Wrestle against the Devil the World and the Flesh, psal, 19, 19, 54 Gen, 47, 9, the Tyme of our Pilgrimage being but Short (yea lesse then psal, 90, 1, 2 pet, 3 8, Mark. 9, 44, &c. one Day in com­parison of Eternity) being certainly Perswaded thal Mat, 24, 13, Mark. 13, [...]3, Iam, 5, 11 Al such as Endure unto the End shal be Saved, and that 2. Tim, 7, 8, Iam 1, 12, the Crown of Righ­teousnes is Layd up for Althose that Feght a good Fight, Finishing theyr Course and Keeping the Fayth, and to Revel, 2, 7, 17. Revel, 3, 15, 21, Revel, 21, 7. Him that Overcom­meth Belongeth the Promise of Eternal Lyfe. ∽.

6. A Resolution of the Faythful Thrisselists, seeing God of His Infinite Mercy Drew them out of the Act, 26. 18, Col, 1, 13, 1, Pet, 2, 9, Kingdome of Darknes, they vvil only Repose on him Assuring thēselfs (vvhile as they Heb, 4, 14, Heb 20 23. Main­tayne Gods Cause) of a Ful, Certain, and Ʋndoubted Delyverie, And so (vvith a Nevv Courage) they Resolve to Depend upon the Isai 49, 7. 1, Cor, 1, 9, 1 Cor, 10, 23. 1. Thes, 5, 24, 2 Thes, 3 3, 2. Tim, 2, 13. Trueth of Gods never fayling Promises, the rather, Seeing The King theyr Earthly Hope (being Deluded and Deceived by Wicked Counsellers and Masked Monsters, Eze, 22, 26, 2. Zepha, [...], 3, 4. Mat, 7, 15, Act. 20, 19. Wolfs in Sheep Skins) Reiects al theyr Lawful Petitions and Loyal Intentions. ∽.

7. A Complaint To, and Of, the Kings Matie, Regrating Hovv His Natural Subiects theyr Sorrovv and Grief is Doubled yea Multiplyed, vvhen they Remember and Consider that Hee, theyr Great Jewel, Borne and Bred amongst them, and so should cary the greater Affection tovvards them, asl his Brethren, should have Turned (as it appeareth) His Love into Hatred, Threatning them vvith Fyre and Sword and making Them the Butte of His Wrath and Indignation, Assuring His Matie (if so be Hee Forsake the Professors and Zealous Maintayners of the Pure Trueth, m by [Page] Cherissing the Crossers and Persecuters thereof) Hee can not Enioye a 1 Deut, 17, 20. 1. Sam, 3 [...], 23, 2 Sam, 19, 12. 1 Cron. 28, 2. Psal, [...], 8, Psal, 33, 1 &c, Prov. 16, 11. Prov. 19, 12 Constant Good Peace nor Solide Rest, but it is to be Feared (as so­metymes the Lord turned the Blessings of Faelse Prophets into (hrses and theyr Cursing to Blessings, that Boasting Vante and Ʋn­christian Threatning of that Pretended Arch Bishob of S Andrews. Laie Hie. Priest before mentioned shal Prove but over true a Prophecy, seing His 3. King­doms. His Maties Triple Dia­deme already to much is Psal. 12, 2. Psal, [...], 5, &c, Prov, 17, 15. 20 Prov, 24, 24, Deut. 2. 4 5. Ne [...], [...], 2. Psal, 10 [...], 28, Masa, 2, [...], Psal, 10, 2 3. Psal. 5, 1, &c, Psal. [...]4 4, 5, Ezek. 35, 12, &c, Iam 3. 5. 1 Cron, 28, 9. 2 Cron [...], 2. Shaken, and (be al Appearance) wil yet Shake More, if Those Flatterers (who Preferre theyr owne Stan­ding Before the Standing thereof) be Suffered to have the Guyding of the same. ∽.

8. A Petition of Al True Hearted Covenanters, to the Kings Matie Theyr Soveraine, Mixed with a Serious Counsel, Intreating Him wel to o Weigh and Consider the present Season and Troublous time, that the World is neare and End, and that Psal, [...]0. 2. Isai. 14, 16. Ioel 3, 6. Psal. 5, 9. Psal. 12, 2, 3. Prov, 20 [...], [...]6. Dan, [...]1, 32. Rumors of Warres are the Beginings of Sorrows, and Therefore to Pacify His anger, to Submit Himself to Reason, to Bury His Conceived Wrath in the Bottome of the Sea and Oblivion, to Build up the Walles of Reli­gion, to Destroy and Roote out Those Bloody Men that Aime at nothing (tho under the Pretext of Service to God and the King) but the Prov, 16, 28, Rom. 16, 17, 18 1 Cor. 12, 26. Ephe, 4, 25 Separating of Him The Head from His most Loyal and ever Truest Members, Assuring His Matie that even now the Tyme Ezek, 7, 2. 3. 6, Amos 8. 2 10, 1. Pet. 4, 7. is Borne, the Psal, 61, 2. Prov, 21, 3. Luk, 4, 19. Acceptable Yeere of the Lord, in which Hee can, and ought to, 2 King, 18, 4 2. King, 23, 2, &c Psal. 49, 23. Testifie Before God and Men (as Hee carrieth the P Mat, 24, 3 6, 7, Mark, 13, 8 2. Cron, 34, 33, Psal, 51, [...]. Name and Title) that Hee is in Deed and Effect A Defender of the Fayth, Showing His Matie that (of Necessity) Hee must put to Tryal al those Wicked Vaine and Proud Est, 7, [...] &c Rom. 1. [...]4 Hamans (althought they were, for the presēt, in Chiefest Account with Him) and al Faythful and Loyal Est, 6. 2. 3, &c, Est. 8, 1 2. 1 [...]. Rom 13 3. 4. Mordecais (Who after Dew Examination shalbe found to have done the only best Service to His Matie for the Pre­servation of Soule and Body, Lyfe and Honnour) must be Remem­bred, Maintayned in theyr Right and Priviledges, Defended against al theyr Oppressors, and Rewarded according as theyr Loyalty When Sanctifyed Reason shalbe Judge betwixt Them and theyr Adversaries) shalbe found to have Deserved. ∽.

9. The Last Lyne is A Conclusion of al the Matter, Contayning, first, ane Acknowledgement of Al the Inhabitants of the Realme of Scotland that the Kings Matie is Theyr King, Secondly a Counsel Advysing His Matie to Remember that Hee is Theyr King, and that No Earthly Prince can Say as Hee may doe, to witt, that Hee is, even the Hundreth and eight Man-King of Scots (not compting His Grand Mother Queene Mary) whereby theyr Loyaltie is Proo­yed Beyond Al Nations in the World, thridly to Consider, that as [Page] Hee is A King, and So called (by The Lords owne Mouth) Psal. 82, 6, 7. a God, So lykewyse that Hee is a Man and must Die as a Man, fourtly and Lastly that His Matie would not Endanger that An­cient and Rare Jewel (None Such in al this Ʋnivers) King Fergus, the first King of Scots, Began to Reigne in the year of the World 3641. Which was 330. Years Before Chrysts Incatna­tion, & since that Tyme the Crown of Scotland was never Conquest. King Fergus Crown, for Such Matters as May and can be Accommodate a farre Surer, Easier, and Better Way, but by al Possible Meanes to Hold a grippe of it? Where Ʋnto I Pray Prov, 22, 1. The Lord (Who hath the Hearts of al Kings into His Hand as the Rivers of Waters, and Turneth them Whethersoever it Pleaseth Him) Inclyne His Royal Heart, that 1. Tim. 2, [...]. Ʋnder His Blessed Governement wee may Al Lead a Quyet and Peaceable Lyse in al Godlynesse and Honestie, Amen.

Tho al the Pow'rs and Srrength, Of Satan Hel and Death, masked with Worldly Toyes, Thyne (O Lord) here Oppressed. Cunyng Curs'd Fooles at length, Contētles through Fyr's Breath hame in Thy upper-Ioyes, Thee with Thyne shal see Blessed.

This Verse Standing under the Banner, being as the Subscription to the vvbola Work, Wisdome 5. 1. Collected out of the Booke of VVisdome (altho Apocrypha) Signifyeth How al the Godly (notwithstanding they, in this Lyse, are Subiect to Continual Troubles and Persecutions, yet are Established in theyr Hope Considering what shalbe theyr Estate after this Lyfe, How They (at the Last Day) shal Stand before Iudg, 11, 27. Psal, 50, 6. Psal, 94, 1, 2, Isai, 23, 22 Act, 10, 42 2. Tim, 4, 8. Heb, 1 [...], 23. God the Iudge of Al Flesh, with Confidence and Boldnesse, even in the Sight and Presence of Theyr Wicked Adversaries vvho then shalbe cloathed with Anguish, Feare, and Terrible Affrightments, When they shal Heare that Comfortable Voyce Spoken to Psal, 22, 7, Psal, [...]. 6 Luk. 6, 25. Those whom they sometyme had in Derision, Mat, [...]5, [...]4. Come yee Blessed of My Father, Take and Inherite the Kingdome Prepared for You, from the Foundation of the VVorld, But They to the Contrair (standing as Re­probate Mat, [...]5, 33. Goates on the Left Hand VVishing and Crying the Luk, 23, 30. Revel. 6, 6. Mountaines and Rockes to Fall on them, and to Hyde them from the Presence of Him that Sitteth on the Throne, and from the VVrath of the Lambey Ressaving that Irrovocable Doome and unalterable Sentence, Mat 7, 23 Mat, 25, 41. Luk, 3, 27. Depart from Me Yet Cur­sed into Everlasting Fyre, vvhich is Prepared for the Devil and His Angels? VVould God, Al Men (of Whathsoever Estate and quality) before they Begin to Attempt any Thing, could and vvould Always Remember that Old Proverbe and Wyse Counsel Quicquid Agas, Prudenter Agas & Respice Finem, And, So Carrie Themselfs here Belovv, as They wil (yea must) bee Answerable In that Day when Psal, 14, 21, Psal. 39, 11. Ma [...], 4. [...]2. Rom, [...], 16. the Secrets of Al Heart, shalbe Disclosed, and when Psal. [...]0, 21. The God of Gods shal Set Al the Sinnes of the VVicked in Ordour Before Him, So should Each One keepe Himself Within the Bounds of His Calling and Always Stryve to Have and Keepe 2 Cor, 1, 12, 1. Tim, [...]9, 1, Pet. [...], 16. the Testimony of a Good Conscience, Obeying (with a Contented Mynde) the Philip. 4, [...]1, 1 Tim, 6, 6. Heb 3. 5 2, Cor. 13. 14, [...]. Commandement of the Apostle Paul.

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