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the consciences of simple men, than the conformity that it retaineth in some words and outward observances with the ancient Church of Christ. Whereas if the thing itself were narrowly looked into, it would be found that they have only the shell without the kernel, and we the kernel without the shell: they having retained certain words and rites of the ancient Church, but applied them to a new invented doctrine ; and we on the other side, having relinquished these words and observances, but retained nevertheless the same primitive doctrine, unto which by their first institution they had relation.
The more cause have I to count myself happy, that am to answer of these matters before a king that is able to discern betwixt things that differ, and hath knowledge of all these questions; “ before® whom therefore I may speak boldly : because I am persuaded that none of these things are hid from him.” For it is not of late days that your majesty hath begun to take these things into your consideration : from a child have you been trained up to this warfare ; yea before you were twenty years of age, the Lord had taught your hands to
• Acts, chap. 26. ver. 26.
fight against the man of sin, and your fingers to make battle against his Babel. Whereof your paraphrase upon the Revelation of St. John, is a memorable monument left to all posterity: which I can never look upon, but those verses of the poet run always in my mind :
Cæsaribus virtus contigit ante diem;
Surgit, et ignavæ fert mala damna moræ.
How constant you have been ever since in the profession and maintenance of the truth, your late protestation, made unto both the houses of your parliament giveth sufficient evidence. So much whereof as may serve for a present antidote against that false and scandalous orations spread amongst foreigners under your majesty's sacred name, I humbly make bold to insert in this place, as a perpetual testimony of your integrity in this behalf.
“ Whath my religion is, my books do declare, my profession and my behaviour do show : and I hope in God, I shall never live to be thought otherwise ; sure I am I shall never deserve it. And for my part I wish that it might be written
3 Merc. Gallobelgie. ann. 1623.
• His majesty's answer to the petition of the parliament touching recusants, 23d April, 1624.
in marble, and remain to posterity, as a mark
As you have so long since begun, and happily
காக்க கர்ப்பக்காட்டிய படம்
i 2 Tim. chap. 1. ver. 7, 8.
ward prosperity and happiness in this life, you shall never want the instant prayers of
Your majesty's most faithful
Subject, and humble servant,
JA. MIDENSIS. .