Both striving which shall bee most active in dividing the two Nations, now so happily, by the blessing of GOD, united.

PSAL. 126.3.

The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof wee are glad.

LONDON, Printed for W. H. 1547.


of Treacherie, and cunning Contrivance, viz. when wee be­gan to look for some happinesse after so much miserie, how cun­ningly did this Jesuite, this Inc [...]ndiarie, this Malignant-Rebell, this Cavalier, thrust in differences to divide us and our Breth­ren of Scotland, to which wicked ends how many traines hath he layd? how many Plots and Conspiracies undertaken, yet all invaine? how many Satyricall Invectives have been by him published under the Notion of Independency, when we could plainly perceive, that under this vizard there was the inveterate Malice of our old Adversarie, the Jesuited Cavaleere, which had no other hopes to raise his fortune but by our fall, and make himselfe happy by our ruine? which fault you have him here confessing, with all other his Crimes and misdeameanors a­gainst the King, Parliament, and Kingdome, doing pennance in a Sheet, and crying guilty of all the bloud that hath been spilt within his Majesties Dominion.

He confesses that he has been a Malignant Adversarie against Church and State.

He confesses (how at last) that he has been such a stubborn [...] wretch, that he has rendred himselfe almost uncapable of fa­vour, notwithstanding all our Parliamentary mercies, in offe­ring and proffering pardon to him, if he would come in and submit, before the day of mercy were past. 'Twere nihil ad Rhombum, for me to relate up here how many such precious opportunities he hath slighted and neglected.

He confesses, that hee hath been such an Incendiarie, as (Phaeton-like) able to set the whole world on a fire: Truely I think his Epitaph suits not amisse to this purpose.

Sandys Transl. Ovid Metam.
Here Phaeton lyes, who though he could not guide
"His Fathers Steeds, in high attempts he dy'd.

I have observed many that write Characters, as Overbury, Curere, Shelton, &c. But there's never any as yet met with the Character of a Cavalier. There was one (they call him Cleve­land) that writ the Character of a London Diurnall; in which there was more of Wit then Honesty, more of Prophanenesse then Piety.

[Page 3] But to our Character: Here you have his poor Gentle­man Cavaliere, but in one sheet; whose greedy Ambition (not long since) scaree all the Wealth of Europe could have satis­fied; The East not the Well so bee bounding his unlimitted desires.

Hee's the onely man of all Memory, whose unworthy Actions will perpetuate his Memorie to ensuing Generations. His very Name will be odious; [...] when Posterity (willing to cast a reflection on the deeds or their Predecessors) shall find his name mentioned in our [...]lls; they [...]ll bee inquisitive to know the Nature of the Be [...]st: This Skellum, this Nigro carbone notatus, this Monstrum horrendun. He is one that bares an universall Hatred against Unity, and hates no Text of Scripture so much as (133. Psalme, 1 verse) Behold how good, and how pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in Unity.

And therefore hee beares an immortall hatred against our Brethren of Scotland, and there's nothing that sounds so harsh in his eares, as the name of Britanny: What (saies he) Eng­land and Scotland United? then there's no hopes: wee have cause to rejoyce, that our Brethrens fidel [...]ty hath frustrated their hopes, to the eternall honour of that N [...]tion.

He cannot endure the very word Covenant, 'tis the worst Character that ever he saw; that bindes [...]s [...]ogether for main­taining and setling the Religion, Rights, Lawes, and Liberties of both Kingdomes.

He hates a Parliament, the very word p [...]ts him besides his Wits: Before this Parliament was call'd, there was one of them heard say, (when there was talking of a Parliament) Nay then we are undone, though [...]alse in other things, yet a true Prophet in this.

He sayes, He loves a true Parliament, which is (if he may be his owne id est) a Junto, an Oxford Parliament: or such an One that would claime no power, a [...] Parliament, that may onely give advice and Coun [...]ell.

He hates slavery above all things, and so he hates himselfe: for he sold himselfe a slave to basenesse. The King he saith may take away whatsoever he hath, and dispose of mens fortunes, persons, or estates at his pleasure, without the controlment of [Page 4] any humane power. Which must doe nothing against him, (though never so wicked) coercivè, but all directivé: All our Armes must be Suadeo, Rogo, Hortor, [...], quaeso, &c. And if he be in an errour, he may make new [...]awes to defend that er­rour. If he will murther us, if banish, if i [...] prison, or confiscate our Estates, stone, or behead us; there's none may say, Quid Agis? What dost thou? This is his ordinary Discourse, and that that proves a Paradox to another, he takes for a granted Truth.

But to speak of some thing that he loves as well as hates.

He has an indifferent good conceit of Q. Elizabeth, and stands for the Religion (as established) in the dayes of Queen Elizabeths sister.

He has a better opinion of the Spaniard then formerly the English use to have, in regard he hopes he will contribute some helpe to the Catholique Cause in Ireland.

He loves peace (at any rates) now he sees hee can no longer prolong the warres, and railes against us because there is no peace; no matter for Truth, that being a thing he [...] never met with in all his plundring Progresse.

And for Militarie Affaires, as hee hates the Militia so hee loves the Commission of Array, which Armes the Subject a­gainst himselfe, and puts a sword into his hands to dig out his owne Bowels.

He was (when Oxford, Bristoll, Exeter Worcester, York. &c. were under the unhappy power of his command) of a stout sto­mach, haughty, proud, desperately audacious not enduring to be subject to the severity of Lawes. The reason why I dip my Pen in Vinegar, & fight against him with my Quill (that fought against us with his Sword) is that of Tertullian, Contra hostem communem omnis homo est miles; Every one will bee an Enemy to a common Enemy.

Consider his out-ragious cruelty against his Inseriours, how he devoured his fellow Subjects, offering of many thousand spightfull indignities to their persons, by which hee has made himself odious to all good men. He is the Monster of the world, from whom (still) to be delivered we should doe well to make it a branch of our deprecation. His very name one time was as [Page 5] formidable as now odious. Their armies (for the most part) con­sisted of a Miscelany of men from all strange Nations Walloons, French, Dutch, Redshanks, Irish-Cath [...] having onl [...] the out-sides of men, and scarce th [...] [...]e [...]est mercies were extreame cruelties; the Characters of which, one that run [...] [...]ay read, upon those unfortunate Garrisons that were under their Commands, plainer then in this Character; in which (as in a little Map) there is not room fo [...] th [...] description of small places.

The Lawes of Nature and Nati [...]ns [...] A [...] [...]y of Positive and written Lawes, the laudable Customed and Liberties of England, (to which we are all born) were by the Rapines Plun­ders, Murthers, Extortions, and Exactions of this Malignant-Rebell subverted and trampled under foot.

And now we talke of Liberty, let's take Liberty a little to Characterize the Libertives of these times, who take Liberty of practice to act those things that modesty [...] me conceale.

With this Cavaliere I might also picture for the home-bred Enemy, that is a little nearer to us, and is as active, as ever▪ H [...], onely our unhappinesse does not break forth in open A [...] but the hatred (he conceives against us) is so great, that if should Characterize that, (instead of the man) you would rather ad­mire me, then believe me.

And his great designe that hee hath drove of late hath beene how to divide the two Nations, England and Scotland which if they could have done, their errors, heresies bla [...]phemies schismes, and divisions would have crept in to every c [...]rner of t [...] [...]nd.

I could here shew it under their owne hand-wr [...]ting, and bring in a Black Catalogue of their Books, many in number, that even the very Titles of them (if care [...]ully collected to­gether) would swell it self [...], with some few enlarg [...]ments, into a reasonable volume; all which they have used as so many fatall Engines and Plots, first to divide us here at home, and so make us miserable, & then abroad to hinder all Union or Cove­nant with our Brethren, for fe [...]re in it there be a Clause against Errors, Heresies, and Schism [...]; and so adde more unhap­pinesse to our Miserie, by adding Oyle to augment the flames.

But if these flamee of Contention bee not cautiously and timely prevented, they will prove more fatall to our Churches [Page 6] and Kingdomes then all the former dissentions, especially (if it proceed so farre) that it breaks forth into a new Civill [...] amongst but selves, now we have totally vanquished the C [...] ­mon-Enemy, the Cavalier enemy.

Both of them have been very active by their Machivilian policies to divide us, but 'tis a happinesse they were permitted but to marke us out for Ruine, and were not able to accomplish that that their malice had intended; for certainly; if we that are now (so happily) United, had beene, (or should be) divi­ded, we should set open a gap to let in the old exploded Prela­cy, and Episcopacy, or introduce the more feared Anarchicall Hydra, or Babel of Independency.

Of this latter there are a nest of the vilest Vipers, that ever Affrick or Nilus did produce. You have the Anabaptists, the Brownists, the Adamites, Familists, the prophane Libertine, with the Envious Hypocrite all masking themselves under the Vizard of Independency: A Generation that if long permit­ted to encrease, will Viper-like eate out the Bowels of their naturall mother, the Church of England.

If this spirituall Yoake come upon us, we may sooner be­waile it, then remove it: Let us therefore with the Apostle endeavour to quit our selves like men. Gal. 5.1. And so I end my Cha­racter with the beginning of the 5. Chapter of Paul to the Ga­latians: Stand fast therefore in the Liberty, wherewith Christ hath made us free and be not againe ent [...]ngled with any Yoake of bondage: with the Yoak of slaverie [...]hat the first part of my Character set forth, nor this of the latter. New-fangled flattering Sectarisme; from both which to be delivered, (and that we may observe a golden meane) there's but few but will say. Amen.


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