Jure Divino: a Satyr: In Twelve Books (Google eBook)

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Page xxxi - But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught...
Page 36 - ... plausible. His theory of government always tended towards that ultimately established in 1688 by the most pragmatic and untheoretical of all revolutions. The achievement of 1688 is summarized in two couplets: 'For forms of government let fools contest; Whate'er is best administer'd is best.
Page xxxii - ... ought to be tolerated, provided they behave themselves peaceably under the government, and obedient in all other things to the civil magistracy of the country in which they live. That I should say the same of opinions that are blasphemous and heretical, that deny the fundamentals of the christian religion, derogate from the nature or attributes of God, or the honour and divinity of our Redeemer, or any the like desperate errors, I see no foundation for it in the scripture, or in the nature of...
Page 95 - Whose property prevail'd, and ovm'd the land; And so elective power commenced its reign, Where equal right of property began. The land divided, right to rule divides, And universal suffrage then provides ; The government lay in the general voice, They only had the power that had the choice. The undisputed right is plainly trac'd, Where Nature first had due possession plac'd ; Thus the collective body of a land, In right of property, had power contain'd, And all original...
Page ix - Argument was given for inviting the Prince of Orange to come over with an Army ? And...
Page 108 - Nature has left this tincture in the blood, That all men would be tyrants if they could, Not kings alone, not ecclesiastic pride, But Parliaments, and all mankind beside.
Page ii - ... disloyalty, in order to persuade their princes to trust them in their greatest emergencies ; but when their king had the misfortune to believe them honest, he paid too dear for the mistake ; for, as they were the first that prompted him to want their assistance, they were also the first that let him want it. I believe I am in no danger of being thought a Jacobite, but this I must affirm," continues De Foe, "had I told King James II.
Page 107 - Thy father made our yoke grievous; now, therefore, make thou the grievous service of thy father and the heavy yoke which he put upon us lighter, and we will serve thee.
Page v - JReuietp, iii. 372. reason of the thing, " that kings are not so Jure Divino, that when they break the laws, trample on property, affront religion, invade the liberties of nations, and the like, they may be opposed and resisted by force." To guard his doctrine from misconstruction, he observes, "If any are so weak as to suppose this is a satire against kingly government, and wrote to expose monarchy, I think I should sufficiently answer so foolish a piece of raillery, by saying only, they are mistaken.
Page 83 - ... never offered the king their assistance in that distress, which, as a man, whether prince or no, any man would have done...

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