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The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor ... (v. 5)

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Pages: 560

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Jeremy Taylor

Excerpt from book: THE TRULY WORTHY AND MOST ACCOMPLISHED Sir CHRISTOPHER HATTON, KNIGHT OF THE HONOURABLE ORDER Or THE BATH. I Am engaged in the defence of a great truth, and I would willingly find a shroud to cover myself from danger and calumny: and although the cause both is and ought to be defended by kings, yet my person must not go thither to sanctuary unless it be to pay my devotion, and I have now no other left for my defence: I am robbed of that which once did bless me, and indeed still does (but in another manner), and I hope will do more: but those distillations of celestial dews are conveyed in channels not pervious to an eye of sense, and now-a-days we seldom look with other, be the object never so beauteous or alluring. You may then think, sir, I am forced upon you: may that beg my pardon and excuse: but I should do an injury to your nobleness, if I should only make you a refuge for my need, (pardon this truth:) you are also of the fairest choice, not only for your love of learning, (for although that be eminent in you yet it is not your eminence,) but for your duty to holy church, for your loyalty to his sacred majesty. These did prompt me with the greatest confidence to hope for your fair encouragement and assistance in my pleadings for episcopacy, in which cause religion and majesty, the king and the church, are interested as parties of mutual concernment 1. There was an odd observation made long ago, and registered in the law to make it authentic, Laid sunt infeiisi clericis. Now the clergy pray but fight not: and therefore if not specially protected by the king contra ecclegiam malignanfiumb, they are made obnoxious to all the contumelies and injuries which an envious multitude will [Sext Decretal. Bonif. viii. lib. iii. tit 23. cap. 3. init. col. £28.] [Pa. J...  


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