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The Yale literary magazine (v. 20)

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Pages: 312

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

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

By: Unknown Author

Excerpt from book: whose foundations the ceaseless waves of error will forever beat and dash their anger in vain. Like the home, so the foreign policy of Cromwell was composed of two elements: the one political, the other religious. The motive for the political element was conquest: not conquest for the purpose of the increase and consolidation of dominion, but an extension of territory for the safety and security of Great Britain. The motive for the religious element was the protection of the Church against the persecutions of Rome. With the Protector, the eternal interests of the Church always took the precedence of the temporal welfare of the State. He recognized all power as coming directly from the King of kings, and thought that power unjustly exercised if it tended not to advance and hasten His kingdom on the earth. Thus, if he made war upon Spain, it was a war against Rome: if he humbled Austria, it was to give life and strength to the Protestant cause in Poland: if he conquered Jamaica—if his armies were victorious in Flanders, it was not that the flag of St. George might wave over wider possessions, but that holy banners, in the name of Christ Jesus, might be set up in every land. Thus the foreign policy of Cromwell resolved the greatest problem of that age, and of all ages to come—a problem no less than whether the world should finally be all Papist or all Protestant—whether the thunders from the thrones of the Escurial and the Vatican should be the eternal indications of power, or the audible manifestations of that ruin out of which civil and religious liberty should spring up and flourish forever. Omt eve of beauty, when the sun Was on the stream of Guadalquiver, To gold converting one by one, The ripples of that mighty river : Beneath me, on the bank was seated A Sevil...  

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