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The Murder of a King

The Murder of a King

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THE MURDER OF A KING


THIS IS AN HISTORICAL BRITISH SERMON AFTER THE BRUTAL MURDER OF A GREAT KING.
THE MURDER OF A KING


THIS IS AN HISTORICAL BRITISH SERMON AFTER THE BRUTAL MURDER OF A GREAT KING.

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THE MURDER OF A KIGBY ROBERT SOUTH, D.D.A SERMOPREACHED BEFOREKIG CHARLES THE SECOD,AT HISCHAPEL I WHITEHALL,O THETHIRTIETH DAY OF JAUARY, 1662-3.TO THEILLUSTRIOUS, BLESSED, AD EVER-DYIO MEMORYOFCHARLES THE FIRST,KIG OF GREAT BRITAI, FRACE, AD IRELAD,DEFEDER OF THE FAITH, &C.CansdesBly rebeUed against, unhumlaily impriioned, and at lengthbarbarouslymurdered before the gates of his own palace, by the worst of men, and the most obliged of subjecti.
 
JtJDGES xix. do.Andit was so, that aU that satv it said. There toas no such deeddone nor seen from the day that the children of Israel cameup out of the land of Egypt unto this day : consider of it,take advice, and speak your minds.THE occasion of these words was a foul and detestable fact,which had happened in one of the tribes of Israel; andthe occasion of that fact was (as the text not obscurely intimates)the want of kingly government amongst the Israelites at thattime: it being noted as a thing of particular remark, inh2Digitized by VjOOQ IC100 Pretence of conscience [Sbrm. 50.Judges xxi. and the last^ that this yillainy was committedwhen there wm no king in Israel; and when (as a natural con-sequent thereof) men resolved to live at large; every one,without check or control, doing, as the text tells uB^tohatuxisright in his own eyes ; or (according to the more sanctifiedlanguage of our late times) as the Spirit moved him. Such aliberty of conscience, it seems, had they then got, for servingthe devil after his and their own way.As for the infamous actors in this tragical scene, we havethem boldly owning their shameless fact in open field, avow-ing it with sword in hand, and for some time defending thesame with victory and success against their brethren, then thepeculiar people and church of God, twice routed and slaugh-tered before them in a righteous cause ; a cause managed byall the rest of the tribes engaged in it, and that not more widithe proper arms of war in one hand, than with a commission
 
from God himself in the other. In which and the likerespects, so great a resemblance must needs be acknowledgedbetween this and the late civil war amongst ourselves here inEngland, that the. proceedings of forty-one, and some of thefollowing years, may well pass for the devil's works in asecond edition, or afoul and odious copy, much exceeding thefoulness of the original.I profess not myself either skilled or delighted in mysticalinterpretations of scripture; nor am I for forcing or wire-drawing the sense of the text, so as to make it designedly fore-tell the king's death and murder; nor to make England,Scotland, and Ireland (as some enthusiasts have done) theadequate scene for the prophetic spirit to declare future eventsupon ; as if, forsooth, there could not be so much as a fewhouses fired, a few ships taken, or any other calamitous acci-dent befall this little corner of the world, but that someapocaljrptic ignoramus or other must presently find and pick it out of some abused, martyred prophecy of Ezekiel, Daniel,or the Eevelation. o ; I pretend not to any such iQumina-tions. I am neither prophet nor prophetic prelate, but ac-count it enough for my purpose, if I can bring my presentbusiness and the text together, not by design, but accommoda-tion; and as the words themselves are very apposite andDigitized by VjOOQ ICJuDG. xix. 80;] fw excuse far rebdUon, 101ezpressiye, so I doubt not but to find sudi a parallel in thethings expressed by them^ that it may be a question, whetherthe subject of the text, or of this mournful day, may have abetter daim to the expression.The crime here set off with such high aggravations, was aninjury done to one single Levite, in the villainous rape of his

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