CIVIL AND MORAL. I01

we forget that they are men. Lucretius the poet, when he beheld the act of Agamemnon, that could endure the sacrificing of his own daughter, exclaimed: ‘Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum.’ What would he have said, if he had known of the massacre in France, or the powder treason of Eng- land '2 He would have been seven times more epicure and atheist than he was: for as the temporal sword is to be drawn with great circumspection in cases of religion, so it is a thing monstrous to put it into the hands of the common people; let that be left unto the anabaptists, and other furies. It was agreed blas- phemy, when the devil said, I will ascend and be like the Highest ;’ but it is greater blasphemy to per- sonate God, and bring him in saying, I will descend, and be like the prince of darkness :’ and what is it better, to make the cause of religion to descend to the cruel and execrable actions of murdering princes, butchery of people, and subversion of states and go- vernments? Surely this is to bring down the Holy Ghost, instead of the likeness of a dove, in the shape of a vulture or raven; and to set out of the bark of a Christian church a flag of a bark of pirates and assas- sins; therefore it is most necessary that the church, by doctrine and decree, princes by their sword, and all learnings, both Christian and moral, as by their Mercury rod to damn, and send to hell for ever, those facts and opinions tending to the support of the same, as hath been already in good part done. Surely in councils concerning religion, that counsel of the apo- stle would be prefixed, Ifa hominis non implet jus-

~ titiam Dei:’ and it was a notable observation of a

wise father, that no less ingenuously confessed, that those which held and persuaded pressure of consci- ences, were commonly interested therein themselves for their own ends.

OF REVENGE.

Bruises is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out: for as for the first wrong, it doth but oifend the