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: When from a Scoundrel Holderfozth,
The Scum as well as Son o'th' Earth,
Your mighty Senators took Law,
At his Command, were forc'd t withdraw ;
And sacrifice the Peace o'th' Nation
..To Doctrine, Vse, and Application.
So when the Scots, your constant Cronies,
Th' Espousers of your Cause and Monies :
Who had so often, in your Aid,
So many ways been foundly paid;
Came in at last for better Ends,
your trusty Friends ;
You bafely left them, and the Church
They train'd you up to, in the Lurch,
And suffer'd your own Tribe of Christians
To fall before, as true Philistines,
This shews what Utensils y' have been,
To bring the King's Concernments in ;
Which is so far from being true,
That only he can bring in you;
And if he take you into Trust,
Will find you most exactly Just,
Such as will puuctually repay
With double Int’rest, and betray.
Not that I think those Pantomimes,
Who vary Action with the Times,
Are less ingenious in their Art,
Than those who dully act one Part;
Or those who turn from Side, to Side
More guilty than the Wind and Tide.
All Countries are a wise Man’s Home,
And so are Governments to some,
Who change them for the same Intrigues
That States-Men use in breaking Leagues ;
While others in old Faiths and Troths,
Look cdd as in out of Fashion'd Cloaths :
And nastier, in an old Opinion,
Than those who never shift their Linen.
For True and Faithful's sure to lose,
Which way soever the Game goes :
And whether Parties lose or win,'
Is always nick'd, or else hedg’d in.
V Vhile Pow'r usurp’d, like stoln Delight,
Is more bewitching than the Right.
And when the Times begin to alter,
None rise so high as from the Halter.
And so may we, if w' have but Sense
To use the necessary Means,
And not your usual Stratagems
On one another, Lights, and Dreams.
To stand on Terms as positive,
As if we did not take, but give :
the Covenant on Crutches,
?Gainst those who have us in their Clutches,
And dream of pulling Churches down,
Before w’are sure to prop our own:
Your constant Method of Proceeding,
V Vithout the Carnal Means of Hedging:
VVho, twixt your inward Sense, and outward,
Are worse, than if y' had none, accoutred.
I grant, all Courses are in vain,
Unless we can get so again;
The only way that's left us now,
But all the Difficulty's, Hor?
?Tis true! w' have money, th’only Pow's
That all Mankind falls down before :
Money, that, like the Swords of Kings, ,
Is the last Reason of all things :
And therefore need not doubt our Play,
•Has all Advantages that way:
As long as Men have Faith to sell,
And meet with those that can pay well;
Whose half-starv'd Pride and Avarice,
One Church and State will not suffice
T'expose to Sale; besides the Wages
Of storing Plagues to After-Ages,
Nor is our Money less our own,
Than 'twas before we laid it down :
For 'twill return, and turn taccount,
If we are brought in play upon't ;
Or, but by casting Knaves, get in,
What Pow'r can hinder us to win?
We know the Arts we us'd before,
In Peace and V Var, and something more,
And by th' unfortunate Events,
Can mend our next Experiments :
For when w' are taken into Trust,
How calie are the Wiseft chous'd ?
Who see but th' Out-fides of our Feats,
And not their secret Springs and VVeights :
And while they're busie at their Ease,
Can carry what Designs we please:
How easie is't to serve for Agents,
To prosecute our own Engagements ?
To keep the Good Did Caule on Foot,
And prevent Pow'r from taking Root ;
Inflame them both with falfe Alarms,
Of Plots, and Parties taking Arms ;
To keep the Nations VVounds too wide,
From healing up of Side to Side ;
Profess the Passion’test Concerns,
For both their Interests, by Turns,
The only way t’improve our own,
By dealing faithfully with none;
(As Bowls run true, by being made
On purpose false, and to be sway'd.)
For if we should be true to either,
?Twould turn us out of both together :
And therefore have no other Means,
To stand upon our own Defence;