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this, if nothing else, plainly accuses them to be Do lawful members
j of the House, if they thus perpetually mutiny against their own I
body. And though they pretend, like Solomon's harlot, that they 1
have right thereto, by the same judgment that Solomon gave, it
cannot belong to them, whenas it is not only their assent but their
endeavour continually to divide Parliaments in twain; and jnot only
by dividing, but by all other means to abolish and destroy / the
free use of them to all posterity. For the which, and for all their
former misdeeds, whereof this book and many volumes more cannot
contain the moiety, I shall move ye, Lords, in the behalf I dare
say of many thousand good Christians, to let your justice and
speedy sentence pass against this great malefactor, prclaty. And
yet in the midst of rigour I would beseech ye to think of mercy;
and such a mercy (I fear I shall overshoot with a desire to save
this falling prelaty), such a mercy (if I may venture to say it) as
may exceed that which for only ten righteous persons would have
saved Sodom. Not that I dare advise ye to contend with God, whether
he or you shall be more merciful, but in your wise esteems to
balance the offences of those peccant cities with these enormous
riots of ungodly misrule that prelaty hath wrought both in the
Church of Christ, and in the State of this Kingdom. And if ye think
ye may with a pious presumption strive to go beyond God in mercy, I
shall not be one now that would dissuade ye. Though God for less
than ten just persons would not spare Sodom, yet if you can find,
after due search, but only one good thing in prelaty, cither to
religion or civil government, to king or parliament, to prince or
people, to law, liberty, wealth, or learning, spare her, let her
live, let her spread among ye, t...
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