The Popish Plot: A Study in the History of the Reign of Charles II (Google eBook)

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Duckworth and Company, 1903 - Popish Plot, 1678 - 419 pages
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Page 226 - This plot, which fail'd for want of common sense, Had yet a deep and dangerous consequence : For as when raging fevers boil the blood, The standing lake soon floats into a flood, And every hostile humour, which before Slept quiet in its channels, bubbles o'er ; So several factions from this first ferment, Work up to foam, and threat the government.
Page 255 - I hear a lion, in the lobby, roar ! Say, Mr. Speaker, shall we shut the door, And keep him out ; or shall we let him in, And see if we can get him out again* " I was for shutting the door and keeping the lion out.
Page 236 - I was a papist: and upon his affirming, that the plot must be handled as if it were true, whether it were so or no...
Page 8 - Could plots, exceeding man's belief, repeat; Which therefore cannot be accounted lies, For human wit could never such devise. Some future truths are mingled in his book, But where the witness fail'd, the prophet spoke. Some things like visionary flights appear ; The spirit caught him up, the Lord knows where ; And gave him his rabbinical degree, Unknown to foreign university.
Page 226 - But swallowed in the mass unchewed and crude. Some truth there was, but dashed and brewed with lies, To please the fools, and puzzle all the wise: Succeeding times did equal folly call, Believing nothing, or believing all. Th' Egyptian rites the Jebusites embraced, Where gods were recommended by their taste.
Page 226 - Our author swears it not ; but who can know How far the Devil and Jebusites may go? This Plot, which fail'd for want of common sense, Had yet a deep and dangerous consequence : For, as when raging...
Page 374 - They proposed the doubt to both houses: the peers pronounced it superfluous'; and even the commons, apprehensive lest a question of this nature might make way for Stafford's escape, gave this singular answer : " This house is content, that the sheriffs do execute William late viscount Stafford by severing his head from his body only.
Page 318 - English nation, in which king, parliament, judges, juries, witnesses, prosecutors, have all their respective, though certainly not equal, shares. Witnesses of such a character as not to deserve credit in the most trifling cause, upon the most immaterial facts gave evidence so incredible, or, to speak more properly, so impossible to be true, that it ought not to have been believed even if it had come from the mouth of Cato : and upon such evidence, from such witnesses, were innocent men condemned...
Page 108 - ... case of the Mississippi Company or of the South Sea Company. If each had been founded on a true financial principle, each was worked in a false and fraudulent way. At its best the South Sea Company in its later development would have been a bubble. Worked as it actually was, it proved to be a swindle. A committee of secrecy was appointed by the House of Commons to inquire into the condition of the company. The committee found that false and fictitious entries had been made in the company's books...
Page 43 - God has given us a prince," meaning the duke, " who is become (may I say a miracle) zealous of being the author and instrument of so glorious a work ; but the opposition we are sure to meet with is also like to be great: so that it imports us to get all the aid and assistance we can.

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