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All is not GOVLD THAT GLISTERS; WITH A Vindication of His Majeſtie from the ſcandalous Aſperſions concerning former TAXES and SHIP-MONEY.

WRITTEN To informe the ignorant, to ſatisfie the unſatisfied, and to ſtop the mouthes of all ſuch as carry two Faces under one Hood.

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Decemb 29Printed at London, 1648.

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All is not Gold that gliſters.

IF all were Gold that gliſters, a filly Glo-Worme were pure mettle, and Ignis fatuis, the Moone-ſhine in the water, or a Blazing-Star would be made into ingots and wedges, and conſequently tranſlated into Coyne by out moſt earned Aſtronomicall Star-gazers.

This old Provetb is ſo full of my ſterie, that it hath mat­ter enough in it to make a Hiſtorie: and as it is myſticall, ſo it is ſophiſticall, metaphoricall, and alegoricall, & liter­ally true to a tittle, and an excellent fore-warner and diſ­coverer of diſſimulation; a deadly enemie to Lyers, Flat­terers, Iugglers, Traytots, Agitators, Levellers, and a mortall foe to all the pack of Knaves that carrie two faces under one hood, or pretend one thing, and intend another; that ſalutes a man friendly in the front, and wiſhes him hang'd in the reare: of theſe inconveniences, this Proverbe gives you warning; All is not Gold that gliſters.

Caine offered ſacrifice, Jezabell faſted, Ahab repented; theſe made a gliſtering ſhew of pietie; Joab ſaluted Abner and Amaſa, and Judas ſeem'd to kiſſe lovingly; this was all hypocriſie.

Thus did the droſſe and dregges of vilianie ſhine and gliſter; and thus is King Charles made the moſt glorious King that ever raign'd in England: the corruſcancie and fence-blinding refulgency of thoſe golden promiſes, miſ­guided many thouſands of people into a fools paradice, like a falſe light call'd William with a wiſpe, or a Fire-drake, that leades folkes out of their way in the night. Theſe gliſter­ing3 promiſes were no gold, for his Maieſtie hath too much tried them, and touched them with the touch ſtore of his hard and unexampled Afflictions, whereby he hath found them falſe, baſe, and counterfet, meere rottenneſſe, gilded o­ver on the out-ſides with the varniſh and poliſhing of adu­lation and deluſions.

Anti-Jeſsus railes againſt Antichriſt, and Religion is ſtrangely metamorphoied into ſnarling; all ſuch as are without the walls of the new many-headed Reformation, muſt not live within the Line of Comunication, amongſt thoſe ſpirituall-gifted Creatures, whoſe opinions doe roule and wheele with the various humours of Rhewma­tick Enthuſiaſ••s, for our long-winded Schiſmatiques are (moſt of them) tongue-ſwolne with inſpiration. It was a cuſtome amongſt the ancient Romans, firſt to learne to he ſilent, and after that Leſſon was perfect, then they learn'd to ſpeake: But a generation of Tautologicall Tongue-men, have not yet learned how or when to ſpeake, or hold their peace; theſe grave ungrammar'd Thebans, and moſt learned illiterate Athenians, (with much pumping for wit, and belabouring the cuſhion) have brought too much gall to the Pulpit, and ſuch ſtore of worme-wood to the Preſſe, that hath drench'd too many of us in the gall of bitterneſſe, and enſnar'd us too faſt in the bond of iniquitie. For as Co­pernicus imagined that the Terreſtriall Globe turn'd round with a quotidian vertigo, when it was his own giddie brain that put him into that whimſey conceit; ſo theſe ſorts of Phooloſophers are infected with three ſtrange diſeaſes of body and mind, (namely, Frenzie, Hereſie, and Iealouſie) their miſchievous imaginations doe hold all ſuch as are not of their Round opinion to be in a dangerous and moſt deſperate condition.

But the wiſe man ſaith, Eccleſiaſt. 21. That a wiſe mans4 tongue is in his heart, but a fooles heart is in his tongue. So I will conclude this point, That he that doth nothing but talke, doth talke nothing.

What a glorious ſhew of Allegeance and Loyaltie did too many of his Majeſties falſe ſervants make; but all thoſe faire ſhewes were no better then falſe ſhadowes: the Aſſu­rance of their faithfull dutie, was like an Obligation ſeal'd with &c. they were only tinſel'd over with Oathes, Vowes, flattering Cringes, and diſſembling words & geſtures: and yet this kind of ſcurvie counterfeit Stuffe did make an abo­minable ſhamefull gliſtring ſhew at the Court; but that was not Gold that gliſtred.

Our Blew-bonnetted bonny Brethren did ſweare by their Soules, that they waud leeve & dey for the guds of the King and Kingdomes: Thoſe Golden Promiſes did gliſter to us; for which, our Golden Treaſure ſhined on them abundant­ly, fooliſhly, knaviſhly. We had ungodly falſe Knaves, and cut-throat Plundring Theeves and Villaines of our owne, but our owne would not ſerve our turnes; we were ſo prodi­gall to waſte our Money, to buy and hire thouſands of Tat­terdemalian, mad Raggamuffin, terrible Tarmagant Scots: but now our after-wit tels us, that we have as ſufficient and able Raſcals of our own Engliſh breeding, as either Scotland or Hell it ſelfe could afford us; ſo that our Money which we layd out, was meerly caſt away: for if we conſider what they did to deſerve it, we ſhal find, that they did us but little good, and much miſchiefe; all which we could have done our ſelves, & ſo have ſaved our gliſtring Gold in our purſes. But though we did buy many Scots, yet we did not buy their Religion & Kirk Diſcipline: for if we could have bin con­tent to be Proteſtants, we would never have bin ſo mad as to have purchas'd a Presbyterian Church-Government; nor had they any reaſon, or manners, to preſume audaciouſly to5 preſcribe Religion and Lawes to us: Let them keepe their Doctrine and Statutes beyond Twede; we have no mind to impoſe our Rites and Cuſtomes upon Scotland, neither wil we receive any from them: As much as their Religion hath coſt us, we are willing to loſe; and we are contented, if they will take it againe for hafe the Money: which they may doe with a ſafe Conſcience, for it is not a Groat the worſe for our wearing. Yet we would have them to know, that we doe not write of, or to the whole Nation; we con­feſſe, that there are many thouſands Iuſt, Reigiou, Loyall, and Valiant perſons of that Nation, whom we doe moſt entirely love and honour.

If the moſt powerfull amongſt us were the moſt peace­full, we might then have ſome hope to ſee ſome part of our former happineſſe: But there are a Generatin of Peace-haters, who drive a mightie Golden giſtring Trade out of the Ruines and Spoyle of their Countrey, with the bloud and ſlughter of their Bethren; theſe Monſters doe make Murther to be their May-game, and cutting throats their Paſtime.

The two gret Generals, Joab and Abner, when they met together by the Poole of Gibeon, they made but little ac­count of the lives of men, when they made ſport with the deaths of 204 at one time, as it is in 2 Sam. 2.13, 14, 15, 16. the words are theſe.

And Abaser ſaid unto Joab, Let the young men now ariſe and play before us; and Joab ſaid, Let them ariſe.

Then there aroſe and went over by number twelve of Ben­jamin, which pertained to Iſhhoſheth, the ſonne of Saul, and twelve of the ſervants of David.

And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thruſt his ſword in his fellowes ſide, ſo they fell downe together.

This was the pleaſing tragicall play before Joab & Abner:6 and that bloody ſport was much like ours, for they were all of one Countrie, & one Nation, as we are. But the gallants of thee dayes are ſo madly deſperate, that the name of Peace in Odious to them; they will daily venture their lives in ſeeking their deaths, and hazard the loſſe of Heaven to purchaſe Hell; their felicity is in Armes & moſt redoubted Deeds, Warres, dreadfull Warres, and politick deſignes: But all this ſtir is not to kill Pagans, Heathens, Infidells, Iewes, ſurkes, or ſavage Monſters; theſe bloody Bickrings and ſurious Slaughters have not bin, or are like to be, for the glory of God, or making the King glorious, for the Kingdomes good, for the peoples freedome, for the Laws preſervation, or the liberty of the Subiect; Theſe were the promiſes that gliſtered like Gold, which appeares now to be meere droſſe: for the very contrary calamities to all our fore-named bleſſings are now upon us; God is blaſphem'd, in ſtead of being glorified; his Word prophaned, in lieu of obedient reverence; his Church deſpiſed and diſperſt, in ſtead of honorable and Chriſtian ſettlement; his Houſes of Prayer pollured and deſiled, in ſtead of repairing and re­gard; the King hath had a great ſhare of thraldom, & long­laſting captivitie, which attends His Maieſty in the rooms of Loyaltie and Allegeance; the Laws are trampled down, in ſtead of being kept up in authoritie; the Subiects right is, that no man can be certaine to call any thing his owne; and the libertie of the people is bondage and ſlavery; inſo­much, that (as the caſe ſtands now) it is a dangerous thing to be rich, for every mans wealth is his crime; a good eſtate wil trans forme a man into three ſhapes in ſhort time: firſt, to a Delinquent; ſecondly, to a Malignant; and thirdly, to a Begger.

To draw to a concluſion, let us thinke a little upon the King: let us conſider, that diſloyaltie to him, is diſobedi­ence7 to God; Kings are cal'd Higher Powers, Heads of Tribes, Children of the moſt High, high Hills, and tall Cedars; and therefore God is to be accounted (amongſt us) in the firſt place, and the King in the ſecond: foure wayes the King is the Miniſter of God for the good of his people; firſt, he is our Naturall Good, in the preſervation and conſervation of life and body, by his ſoveraigne Power in maintaining the Lawes; ſecondly, he is our Morall Good, for that he pro­tects Vertue, and corrects Vice; thirdly, the King is a Civill Good, in his ſecuring our eſtates and poſſeſſions: and fourthly, he is a Spirituall Good, in defending the Faith, and Gods true Religion. All theſe Goods, good King Charles was, as long as he had Power; and all, and more then all theſe, would be heap'd upon us, if he did but enjoy his right Dignitie and K••gly Authoritie.

As God is our Almightie inviſible King, ſo (by his grace and favour) the King is our viſible God: A King is ſaid to be the Light of Iſrael; people without a King, are like ſheepe without a Shepheard, 1 Kings 22, 17. The Crownes, Scepters, Thrones, and anoyntings of Kings, are Gods pe­culiar Rights; and God is Maſter of the Subſtance, who­ſoever is Maſter of the Ceramonie: And that God that made all men, did make ſome men to be Kings; amongſt whom, our gracious Soveraigne Lord, King Charles, is one, and one of the beſt that ever reigned in England; and ab­ſolutely the beſt, but the worſt dealt withall.

If it were conſidered how the caſe ſtood with him when he came to the Crowne, that conſideration would give all reaſonable men ſatisfaction, he was hemd round about with cares and troubles; firſt, his Father King James (of bleſſed memorie) left him deeply in debt, beſides great debts he himſelfe owed; ſecondly, he had Warres with two migh­tie Kings, of France and Spaine, both at once and the ſame8 time; thirdly, the Coffers and Treaſurie was low, or neare emp­te; fourthly, the King had no Navie at Sea, nor any meanes to ſet forth one, and the Ships much out of repaire; fifthly, the King had no fwer then fifteene or ſixteene of the Blood Royall to keepe and maintaine; yet (according as the time was then, and as it is now) without any great Taxes he paid his Fathers debts and his owne, he ſecured himſelfe and Kingdomes from ſoreigne Invaſion, he maintained his great charge, and kept a Royall Houſe, as befitted the Majeſtie of a King of Great Britaine and Ireland, he refurniſh­ed the Navie, and in that ſhewed his clouded magnificence on the Seas, to the admiration and aſtoniſhment of other Nations: for the effecting of which the Ship-Money was laid upon the people, whereof his Majeſty had never the value of one peny into his Cof­fers, but it will be eaſily proved, that he did lay many thouſand pounds to it to increaſe it, and all was little enough to defrand ſo great a charge; which Tax was levied for no other end, but for the honour and ſafetie of the Kingdome, and to deſend thoſe that have ſought to deſtroy the King for doing ſo good a worke.

Let us with griefe of heart call to mind the happineſse which we have lost (which we enjoyed ſixteene yeares) by his gracious government; then we had peace and plenty, no taking priſoner or being taken, uo leading into captivitie and no complaining in our ſtreets; a man might then (in thoſe dayes) not have beene aſhamed or afraid to be a true Subject and an honeſt man, hee mighboldly ſay (as I now ſay) God ſave the King: which good dayes and times I hope are ſuddenly comming; and ſo I cloſe up all with, Vive le Roy.

FINIS.

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TextAll is not gould that glisters; with a vindication of His Majestie from the scandalous aspersions concerning former taxes and ship-money. / Written to informe the ignorant, to satisfie the unsatisfied, and to stop the mouthes of all such as carry two faces under one hood.
AuthorJenkins, David, 1582-1663..
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Bibliographic informationAll is not gould that glisters; with a vindication of His Majestie from the scandalous aspersions concerning former taxes and ship-money. / Written to informe the ignorant, to satisfie the unsatisfied, and to stop the mouthes of all such as carry two faces under one hood. Jenkins, David, 1582-1663.. 8 p. [s.n.],Printed at London :1648.. (Attributed to David Jenkins.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Decemb 29".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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