[Milton-L] Tenure of Kings and Magistrates

Alice Crawford Berghof aberghof at uci.edu
Mon Mar 5 00:36:57 EST 2007


Does anyone know whether the phrase "dancing Divines" in the following 
passage from The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates refers only to 
Anglican royalists who would have opposed the beheading of King 
Charles, or whether it might also refer to minority pacifists among the 
Dissenters?
Alice Crawford Berghof


Nor let any man be deluded by either the ignorance or the notorious 
hypocrisie and self-repugnance of our dancing Divines, who have the 
conscience and the boldness, to come with Scripture in thir mouthes, 
gloss'd and fitted for thir turnes with a double contradictory sense, 
transforming the sacred verity of God, to an Idol with two Faces, 
looking at once two several ways; and with the same quotations to 
charge others, which in the same case they made serve to justifie 
themselves. For while the hope to bee made Classic and Provincial Lords 
led them on, while pluralities greas'd them thick and deep, to the 
shame and scandal of Religion, more then all the Sects and Heresies 
they exclaim against, then to fight against the Kings person, and no 
less a Party of his Lords and Commons, or to put force upon both the 
Houses, was good, was lawfull, was no resisting of Superior powers; 
they onely were powers not to be resisted, who countenanc'd the good, 
and punish't the evil. 
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