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hear his lectures; that when at Paris, his arguments and authority carried it for the immaculate conception of the Blessed Virgin, so that they appointed a festival on that account, and would admit no scholars to degrees but such as were of this mind. He was a great opposer of Thomas Aquinas's doctrine: and, for being a very acute logician, was called Doctor Subtilis, which was the reason also that an old punster always called him the Lathy Doctor.
Ver. 155, 156.] Gulielmus Occham was father of the Nominals, and Johannes Dunscotus of the Reals. These two lines not in the two first editions of 1664, but added in 1674. .
Ver. 157, 158.] Altered thus in edit. 1674, and continued till 1704.
And with as delicate a hand,
Only to fhew with how small pain
For his religion, it was fit
Ver. 185.] Several of the Ancients have supposed that Adam and Eve had no navels; and, among the Moderns, the late learned Bishop Cumberland was of this opinion.
Ver. 189.) Mr. Butler is very exact in delineating his hero's religion; it was necessary that he should be so, that the reader might judge whether he was a proper person to set up for a Reformer, and whether the 3
'Twas Presbyterian true blue;
religion he professed was more eligible than that he endeavoured to demolish. Whether the Poet has been just in the pourtrait must be left to every reader's cb. servation.
- Ver. 193, 194.) Where Presbytery has been eftablished, it has been usually effected by force of arms, like the religion of Mahomet: thus it was established at Geneva in Switzerland, Holland, Scotland, &c. In' France, for some time, by that means, it obtained a toleration : much blood was ihed to get it established in England; and once, during that Grand Rebellion, it seemed very near gaining an establishment here.
Ver. 195, 196.) Upon these Cornet Joyee built his faith, when he carried away the King, by force, from Holdenby: for when his Majesty afked him for a fight of his instructions, Joyce said, He should see them pre-fently; and so drawing up his troop in the inward court, « These, Sir, (said the Cornet) are my in« ftructions."
Ver. 199, 200.]. Many instances of that kind are given by Dr. Walker, in his Sufferings of the Episcopal Clergy.
Which always must be carry'd on,.
Ver. 207, 208.! The religion of the Presbyterians, of those times consisted principally in an opposition to the Church of England, and in quarreling with the most innocent customs then in use, as the eating Christmas-pies and plum-porridge at Christmas, which they reputed finful.
Ver. 213, 214.] They were so remarkably obstinate in this respect, that they kept a fait upon
Ver. 215, 216.] Added in 1674.
All piety confifts therein
Thus was he gifted and accouter'd,
Ver. 235, 236.) Dr. Bruno Ryves gives a remarkable instance of a fanatical conscience in a captain who was invited by a soldier to eat part of a goose with him ; but refused, becanse, he said, it was stolen : but being to march away, he who would eat no stolen goose, made no scruple to ride away upon a stolen mare; for, plundering Mrs. Bartlet of her mare, this hypocritical captain gave fufficient testimony to the world that the old Pharisee and new Puritan have consciences of the self-fame temper, “ To strain at a gnat, and swallow 46 a camel.