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ON THE NEW FORCES OF CONSCIENCE UNDER THE LONG PARLIAMENT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Because you have thrown off your prelate lord
Last Line: New presbyter is but old priest writ large.
Variant Title(s): On The New Forcers Of Conscience Under The Long Parliament
Subject(s): Freedom; Great Britain - Parliament; Presbyterianism; Liberty


Because you have thrown off your prelate lord,
And with stiff vows renounced his liturgy,
To seize the widowed whore Plurality
From them whose sin ye envied, not abhorred,
Dare ye for this adjure the civil sword
To force our consciences that Christ set free,
And ride us with a classic hierarchy
Taught ye by mere A. S. and Rutherford?
Men whose life, learning, faith and pure intent
Would have been held in high esteem with Paul
Must now be named and printed heretics
By shallow Edwards and Scotch what d'ye call:
But we do hope to find out all your tricks,
Your plots and packings worse than those of Trent,
That so the Parliament
May with their wholesome and preventive shears
Clip your phylacteries, though balk your ears,
And succor our just fears
When they shall read this clearly in your charge
New presbyter is but old priest writ large.





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