A History of England

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Thompson, Brown, 1904 - Great Britain - 266 pages
 

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Page 104 - ... had I but served God as diligently as I have served the king, he would not have given me over in my gray hairs.
Page 186 - England, and the country was alarmed by numerous incendiary fires. For many years the subject of a reform of the representation of the people in the House of Commons had been much agitated and it was now more loudly called for than ever before. On the meeting of the new parliament, the Duke of Wellington, the prime...
Page 128 - Good frend for Jesus sake forbeare To digg the dust encloased heare; Blest be ye man yt spares thes stones, And curst be he yt moves my bones.
Page 137 - For all which treasons and crimes this Court doth adjudge that he, the said Charles Stuart, as a tyrant, traitor, murderer, and public enemy to the good people of this nation, shall be put to death by the severing of his head from his body.
Page 131 - May it please your majesty, I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak in this place, but as the House is pleased to direct me, whose servant I am here ; and I humbly beg your majesty's pardon that I cannot give any other answer than this to what your majesty is pleased to demand of me.
Page 145 - You are no longer a Parliament : I tell you, you are no longer a Parliament. The Lord has done with you : he has chosen other instruments for carrying on his work.
Page 147 - Men were accustomed to look with a feeling of awe upon the individual who, without the aid of birth, wealth, or connections, was able, by the force of his talents, to seize the government of three powerful kingdoms, and impose the yoke of servitude upon the necks of the very men who had fought in his company, to emancipate themselves from the arbitrary sway of their hereditary sovereign.
Page 153 - Th« king cannot suspend the laws or their execution. 2. He cannot levy money without the consent of parliament. 3. The subjects have a right to petition the crown. 4. A standing army cannot be kept in time of peace but with the consent of parliament. 5. Elections and parliamentary debates must b...
Page 68 - Of his courage as a combatant, and his abilities as a general, the reader will have formed a competent opinion from the preceding pages. The astonishing victories, which cast so much glory on one period of his reign, appear to have dazzled the eyes both of his subjects and foreigners, who placed him in the first rank of conquerors : but the disasters, which clouded the evening of his life, have furnished a proof that his ambition was greater than his judgment. He was at last convinced that the crowns...
Page 132 - Britain, and it formed a prominent characteristic of most of the leaders in parliament, and also of those who took up arms in defence of their liberties. The charge of license and excess fell chiefly on the royalists, a great part of whom were men of pleasure, disposed to deride the sanctity and austere morality of their opponents. " All the sober men that I was acquainted with, who were against the parliament," says the celebrated Richard Baxter, " used to say, ' The king had the better cause, but...

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