“Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. A SPIRIT passed before my face.”
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The following lines were written under the powerful impulse of feelings which appear to have been almost consentaneous with those of the whole British people. The national spirit has been rouzed against this cruel and unconstitutional attack upon the Queen, with pervasive ardour, which forcibly recalls the language of the Augustan poet:—
This irresistible movement has been one of LOYALTY, not of FACTION; of love and not of enmity towards the constitution. It is not disputed that factious men exist, who are ready to swell public tumult whenever it arises: but it is mere drivelling, for ministers and their adherents, to talk of “radicalism” and democracy on this occasion. They must know, if they consult the commonest sources of intelligence open to them, that detestation of “The Bill of Pains and Penalties” is rooted beyond all possibility of eradication in the breasts of an overwhelming majority of good men, and faithful subjects.
At the moment when it was determined to send the following “Vision” to the press, a burst of honest exultation has electrified the whole kingdom. [Pg iv] With feelings of solemn gratitude to God, and love for my country, I rejoice not only that the Queen is thus delivered from the fangs of her enemies; but that the King, THE CONSTITUTION, and THE COUNTRY, have been thus, as I do unequivocally believe, rescued from a tremendous explosion, which would at best have been of doubtful issue to our liberties.
Notwithstanding this most happy, this providential result, I have determined still to send out the poem to the public; because it expresses in strong, however inadequate language, sentiments which are essential to our character as a free people, and to the preservation of our justly balanced monarchy.
I have not assumed the FASCIS of satire, without deep conviction that its rods were imperatively called into action: but most gladly shall I reverse them, after the manner of the ancient Lictors, over the obsequies of an administration, which must be now in its death-pangs. May succeeding cabinets be WARNED, not guided, by its example!
[A] See the Earl of Chatham’s animated speech against the employment of Indian warriors to assist in the subjugation of America.
[B] In this, as I conceive, seasonable reproof of certain “Lords Spiritual” I would not be understood to involve the whole of that reverend body. Some of them, I firmly believe, have remained at a distance from the combat, aged and infirm, like Eli, sitting by the wayside of Shiloh, and watching with trembling heart, lest the ark (I will not say of God, but of THE CONSTITUTION) should fall in the unhallowed conflict. Others, perhaps, have not cared to meddle in what they may have considered a doubtful matter: but it must not be concealed, that when TRUTH and JUSTICE are at stake, neutrality is no honourable sanctuary for the avowed servants of the TEMPLE. Let the Bishops beware of discovering their nakedness upon the very steps of the altar.—The eye of an enlightened people is upon them; and with their character for real consistent PIETY, and fidelity to sound PROTESTANT PRINCIPLES, THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND will stand or fall.
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THE PREROGATIVES OF A QUEEN CONSORT OF ENGLAND; particularly of her ability to make and receive Gifts, to sue and be sued, and to hold Courts without the King; of its being Treason to plot against her Life; of the modes of trying her for Offences; and of her ancient Revenue of Queen-Gold.
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THE ORIGIN OF DR. SLOP’S NAME. BY THE AUTHOR OF THE POLITICAL HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT.
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THE APOCRYPHAL NEW TESTAMENT, Being all the Gospels, Epistles, and other pieces now extant, attributed in the first four centuries to JESUS CHRIST, his Apostles, and their companions, and not included in the New Testament by its compilers. Translated from the original, and now first collected into One Volume, with a Preface and Tables.
*** The Books that exist, of those not included in the Canon, are carefully brought together into the present volume. They naturally assume the title of the Apocryphal New Testament; and he who possesses this and the New Testament, has, in the two volumes, a collection of all the Historical Records relative to Christ and his Apostles, now in existence, and considered sacred by Christians during the first four centuries after his birth.
Gospel of the birth of Mary.
The Protevangelion, or birth of Christ and the Virgin, by James the lesser.
The first Gospel of the Infancy of Christ.
Thomas’s Gospel of the Infancy.
Epistles of Christ and Abgarus.
Gospel of Nicodemus.
Paul’s Epistle to the Laodiceans.
Epistles of Paul and Seneca.
Acts of Paul and Thecla.
Clement’s Two Epistles to the Corinthians.
Epistle of Barnabas.
The Seven Epistles of Ignatius to the Ephesians, Magnesians, Trallians, Romans, Philadelphians, Smyrnæans, and Polycarp.
Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians.
The Shepherd of Hermas, in three books.
Table I. List of all the lost Apocryphal books.
Table II. List of early Catalogues of the Books of the New Testament.
*** By the publication of this Volume, the Editor conceives he has rendered an acceptable service to the Theological Student and the Ecclesiastical Antiquary:—he has endeavoured to render it more gratifying to the reader, and more convenient for reference, by arranging the Books into Chapters, and dividing the Chapters into verses.
The Lover of Old Literature will here find the obscure but unquestionable origin of several remarkable relations, in the Golden Legend, the Lives of the Saints, and similar productions, concerning the Parentage and Birth of the Virgin, her Marriage with Joseph on the budding of his rod, the Nativity of Jesus, the Miracles of his Infancy, his laboring with Joseph at the Carpentry trade, the actions of his Followers, his Descent into Hell, &c.
Several of the Papal Pageants for the Populace and the Monkish Mysteries performed as Dramas at Chester, Coventry, Newcastle, and in other parts of England, are almost verbatim representations of the stories. Many valuable Pictures by the best masters—Prints by the early Engravers, and particularly of the Italian and German Schools—Woodcuts in early black letter and block books—and Illuminations of missals and monastic MSS.—receive immediate elucidation on reference to the Apocryphal New Testament, and are without explanation from any other source.
This text contains some variant and archaic spelling; this has been left as printed throughout.
A single typographic error, on page iii, was corrected—recals amended to recalls.