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find it quickly blasted. I have nothing to say against the gentle. man, or any living of his family; on the contrary I wish him better fortune than to have a long and unquict possession of his master's inheritance. Whatsoever I have spoken against his fa. ther, is that which I should have thought, though decency perhaps might have hindered me from saying it, even against mine own, if I had been so unhappy, as that mine by the same ways should have left me three kingdoms.
Here I stopped, and my pretended protector, who, I expected, should have been very angry, fell a laughing; it seems at the simplicity of my discourse, for thus he replied: You seem to pretend extremely to the old obsolete rules of virtue and conscience, which makes me doubt very much whether from this vast prospect of three kingdoms you can shew me any acres of your own. But these are so far from making you a prince, that I
your friends will never have the contentment to see you so much as a justice of peace in your own country. For this 1 perceive, which you call virtue, is nothing else but either the frowardness of a Cynick, or the laziness of an Epicurcan. I am glad you allow me at least artful dissimulation, and unwearied diligence in my hero; and I assure you that he, whose life is constantly drawn by those two, shall never be misled out of the
greatness. But I see you are a pedant, and platonical statesman, a theoretical commonwealth’s-man, an utopial dreamer. Was ever riches gotten by your golden mediocrities, or the supreme place attained to by virtues that must not stir out of the middle? Do you'study Aristotle's politicks, and write, if you please, comments upon them, and let another but practise Machiavel, and let us see, then, which of you two will come to the greatest preferments. If the desire of rule and superiority be a virtue, as sure I am it is more im. printed in human nature than any of your lethargical morals; and what is the virtue of any creature but the exercise of those powers and inclinations which God has infused into it? If that, I say,
be virtue, we ought not to esteem any thing vicc, which is the most proper, if not the only means of attaining of it.
It is a truth so certain, and so clear,
As a reward, he the first city built.
'Twas a beginning generous and high,
The coronation-day's more than a thousand years. He would have gone on, I perceived, in his blasphemies, but that, by God's grace, I became so bold as thus to interrupt him: 1 understand now perfectly, which I guessed at long before, what kind of angel and protector you are; and, though your stile in verse be very much mended, since you were wont to deliver oracles, yet your doctrine is much worse, than ever you had formerly (that I heard of) the face to publish; whether your long practice with mankind has increased and improved your malice, or whether
you think us in this age to be grown so impudently wicked, that
When, lo! e'er the last words were fully spoke,
Truc Funerals of the great Lord Marquis of Montrose,
HIS MAJESTY'S LORD HIGH COMMISSIONER, AND CAPTAIN-GENE.
RAL OF HIS FORCES IN SCOTLAND;
With that of the renowned Knight, Sir William Hay of Delgity. Printed in the Year 1661. Quarto, containing twenty-four Pages. G D Almighty's justice,
and revenge of murder, is so frequently said here on that theme in general, lest I should grate on some, who, though subtle, have been surprised in their subtlety, while they devested themselves of christian maxims, to raise themselves, through human policy, by the ruin of the most eminent; and yet that their promised stability hath been over-turned, and their cut. out ways damped and overclouded with abysses and darkness. The briquals and returns of providence of this nature, discovered in our late unnatural civil war, are testimonies sufficient to convince and confound the most peremptory atheist of the eternal and immortal deity, that will suffer no wickedness, under what specious pretences soever of reformation or good causes to pass unpunished. I shall not mention those ambitious spirits, who grounded their proper advancement by overthrowing religion and law; how, I say, some of those vagabonds are exposed to shame and deserved obloquy. But the divine providence teacheth us to make this difference, that, when virtue and loyalty have groaned and suffered under tyranny and oppression, in the end they have been crowned with fame and admiration, as our dread sovereign and noble parliament would have it witnessed in the celebration of the great Marquis of Mon. trose's funerals, in the highest and most magnificent grandeur, to counterbalance the height of malicious invention exercised on him to the full. The particulars of the honourable ceremonies will, in true and exquisite heraldry, display the several dignities he had, either as a peer of the land, or charged with his majesty's service; so, in a proportionable manner, we shall shew the honour done to the memory of that renowned colonel, Sir William Hay of Delgity, who, suffering martyrdom with him in the same cause, ambitioned his funeral under the same infamous gibbet; prophetically, cer. tainly, that he might participate with him the same honour at his I first bodily resurrection. This his request was easily assented to
by these monstrous leeches, whose greatest glory was to be drank and riot in the blood of the most faithful subjects; nay, eren some of those, whose profession should have preached mercy, belched out, that the good work went bonnily on, when the scaffold, or Sather shambles, at the cross of Edinburgh, for the space of six weeks, was daily smoaking with the blood of the most valiant and loyal subjects. But we proceed to the funeral pomp, hoping that these glorious martyrs are praising and glorifying God, while we are amusing Ourselves in this scantling transitory following des. cription : From the abbey-church of Holy-rood House, to that of St. Giles in the High town, the funeral pomp was as followeth:
Two conductors in mourning, with black staves.
Twenty-five poor in gowns and hoods; the first of which went alone next to the conductors, carrying a gumpheon; the other twenty-four following two and two, carrying the arms of the house on long staves.
An open Trumpet, cloathed in a rich livery of the marquis's colours, carrying his arms on his banner.
Sir Harry Grahame, in compleat armour on horseback, carrying on the point of a lance the colours of the house; this noble gentleman accompanied his Excellency in all his good and bad for. tunes, both at home and abroad.
Servants of friends in mourning, two and two.
The great Pincel, with his arms, carried by John Grahame of Douchrie, a renowned highlagd hector, and one who stuck peremptorily to the present Marquis of Montrose, in the last expedition under his Grace the Lord Commissioner; he is best known by the title of Tetrarch of Aberfoyl.
The great standard in colours, with his arms, carried by Thomas Grahame of Potento, a hopeful cadet, of the ancient family of Clarrisse.
An horse of war, with a great saddle and pistols, led by two lacquies in livery.
The Defunct's servants, two and two, in mourning.
An horse in state, with a rich foot-mantle, two lacquies in rich livery, and his parliament badges.
Four close Trumpets in mourning, carrying the Defunct's arms on their banners.
The great gumpheon of black tafsety, carried on the point of a lance, by William Grahame the younger, of Duntrum, another sprightful cadet of the house of Clarrisse.
The great Pincel of mourning, carried by George Grahame the younger, of Cairnie, who, from his first entry to manhood, accom. panied his chief in the wars.
The Defunct's friends, two and two, in mourning.
The great mourning banner, carried by George Grahame, of Inchbraky, the younger, whose youth-head only excused him from running the risques of his father.
The spurs, carried on the point of a lance, by Walter Grahame the elder, of Duntrum, a most honest royalist, and highly commen. ded for his hospitality.
The gauntlets, carried by George Grahame, of Drums, on the point of a lance; a worthy person, well becoming his name.
The head-piece, by Mungo Grahame, of Gorthy, on the point