[Milton-L] Thank you!

Alice Crawford Berghof aberghof at uci.edu
Mon Mar 5 11:13:48 EST 2007


Thank you for this clarification!
Alice Berghof


On Mar 5, 2007, at 5:34 AM, Warren L Chernaik wrote:

> Dear Alice,
> Neither anglicans nor dissenters, but presbyterian divines, attacked by
> Milton throughout "Tenure" (apostates in the beginning of the
> paragraph). Cf. "Of the New Forcers of Conscience", with a very similar
> charge (sei
> Warren Chernaikzing the widowed whore plurality etc.)
> On Sun, 4 Mar 2007 21:36:57 -0800 Alice Crawford Berghof
> <aberghof at uci.edu> wrote:
>
>> 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.
>
> ----------------------
> Warren L Chernaik
> warren.chernaik at kcl.ac.uk
>
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