Lives of Eminent British Statesmen ...: Oliver Cromwell. By John Forster

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1839 - Statesmen

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Page 145 - He sought the storms; but, for a calm unfit, Would steer too nigh the sands to boast his wit.
Page 146 - Oh! had he been content to serve the Crown With virtues only proper to the gown; Or had the rankness of the soil been freed From cockle, that oppress'd the noble seed; David for him his tuneful harp had strung, And Heaven had wanted one immortal song. But wild Ambition loves to slide, not stand, And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land.
Page 154 - That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
Page 312 - AVENGE, O Lord, thy slaughtered saints, whose bones Lie scattered on the Alpine mountains cold; Even them who kept thy truth so pure of old, When all our Fathers worshipped stocks and stones...
Page 387 - I am a miserable and wretched creature, I am in covenant with thee, through grace, and I may, I will, come to thee for thy people. Thou hast made me (though very unworthy) a mean instrument to do them some good, and thee service; and many of them have set too high a value upon me, though others wish and would be glad of my death...
Page 289 - now' begin, — and though, at present, with a most unworthy person ; yet, as to the future, it might be after this manner ; and I thought this might usher it in ! [A noble thought, your Highness .'] I am speaking as to my judgment against making Government hereditary.
Page 362 - OLIVER, by the grace of God Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the dominions and territories thereunto belonging, to...
Page 61 - I have sought the Lord night and day, that He would rather slay me than put me upon the doing of this work.
Page 387 - Thy instruments, to depend more upon Thyself. Pardon such as desire to trample upon the dust of a poor worm, for they are Thy People too. And pardon the folly of this short Prayer : — Even for Jesus Christ's sake. And give us a good night, if it be Thy pleasure. Amen.
Page 145 - Where none can sin against the people's will! Where crowds can wink, and no offence be known. Since in another's guilt they find their own! Yet fame deserved no enemy can grudge; The statesman we abhor, but praise the judge. In Israel's courts ne'er sat an Abethdin With more discerning eyes, or hands more clean, Unbribed, unsought, the wretched to redress; Swift of dispatch, and easy of access.

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