Prose Life of Strafford

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Publisht for The Browning Society by K. Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1892 - 319 pages

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Page 240 - You need not use all this art to tell me that you have a mind to leave us. But remember what I tell you : you are going to be undone. And remember also, that though you leave us, I will never leave you while your head is upon your shoulders...
Page 274 - I should have spoken to my Lord's Grace of Canterbury. You shall desire the Archbishop to lend me his prayers this night, and to give me his blessing when I do go abroad to-morrow; and to be in his window, that by my last farewell I may give him thanks for this and all his other former favors.
Page 268 - I will not say that your complying with me in this my intended mercy, shall make me more willing, but certainly it will make me more cheerful in granting your just grievances. But if no less than his life can satisfy my people, I must say Fiat Justitia.
Page 277 - I have done 5 one stroke will make my wife husbandless, my dear children fatherless, and my poor servants masterless, and separate me from my dear brother and all my friends ; but let God be to you and them all in all.
Page 264 - ... abilities of his, whereof God hath given him the use, but the devil the application. In a word, I believe him to be still that grand apostate to the Commonwealth, who must not expect to be pardoned in this world till he be dispatched to the other. And yet let me tell you, Mr. Speaker, my hand must not be to that dispatch. I protest, as my conscience stands informed, I had rather it were off.
Page 257 - You have an army in Ireland that you may employ to reduce this kingdom to obedience.
Page 161 - He wrote in the same strain to his friend Laud. " I can now say the King is as absolute here as any prince in the whole world can be, and may be still if it be not spoiled on that side.
Page 248 - that, having tried the affections of his people, he was to do everything that power would admit ; and that His Majesty had tried all ways and was refused, and should be acquitted towards God and man ; and that he had an army in Ireland which he might employ to reduce this kingdom.
Page 268 - I did yesterday satisfy the justice of the kingdom, by passing of the bill of attainder against the earl of Strafford ; but mercy being as inherent and inseparable to a king as justice, I desire at this time, in some measure, to show that likewise, by suffering that unfortunate man to fulfil the natural course of his life in a close imprisonment...
Page 292 - ... look equally on both, weave, twist these two together in all their counsels ; study, labour, to preserve each without diminishing or enlarging either ; and by running in the worn wonted channels, treading the ancient bounds, cut off early all disputes from betwixt them. For whatever he be which ravels forth into questions the right of a king and of a people shall never be able to wrap them up again into the comeliness and order he found them.

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