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frankly confesses, that having no steady principle of religion in his youth, or even in his maturer years, he finally set up his rest in the church of Rome : and indeed if the effentials of religion confist in the trappings of a church, he could not have made a better choice *.
Dryden was reprehensible even to infamy for his own vices, and the licentious encouragement he gave in his writings to those of others. But he wrote an antirepublican poem called Abfalom and Achitophel; and Dr. Johnson, a man of high pretensions to moral character, calls
. * Bp. Burnet, speaking of Dryden's converfion, says, “ If his grace and his wit improve “ both proportionably, we shall hardly find that “ he hath gained much by the change he has so made, from having no religion to chuse one of " the worst." Reily to Mr. Varillas, p. 139.
him a wise and an honest man. Milton was a man of the chastest manners, both in his conversation and his writings. But he wrote Iconoclastes, and in the same Dr. Johnson's esteem was both a knave and a fool.
The church of Rome substitutes orthodoxy for every virtue under heaven. And loyalty among the high Royalists canonizes every rascal and profligate with a full and plenary absolution. These are, it is true, among the vileft and meanest partialities of the despotic faction; and Dr. Johnson, conscious of his merit in other departments, should blush, and be humbled, to be found in the list of such miserables.
We have lately met with a pleasanr piece of vengeance taken of Milton by a poor fellow who had suffered under his lash for conveying into the world, Morus's, or rather Du Moulin's, “ Clamor “ Regii Sanguinis."
Just before the Restoration, Robert Creyghton, chaplain to Charles II. and his attendant in his exile, a man of learning, procured a handsome and valuable edition of Sylvester Sguropulus's History of the council of Florence, in Greek. The printer of it was Adrian Vlacq, of the Hague, who yet smarted from the stripes inflicted upon him by Milton foine years before. Adrian now thought he had a fine opportunity of taking his amends. For this purpose he prevailed
with Creyghton-to: characterize Milton in the preface to his book, but without naming him, left both the editor and the printer should suffer for their temerie ty, the Restoration being yet in embryo: Some of his rhetoric .we shall tran scribe :
“Nec fuis unquam paràsitis indiguit «s fanaticum illud genus hominum, qui .6 exitiali facundia armati femper in pro
“ cinctu stanţ, et qua jubentur, linguas 16 venales flectunt, eorum turpissima
as crimina ut virtutes collaudant, aliorum os omnium dotes dente fatyrico perfo:diunt, et in Deum ipfum, fi fenatus is perduellis mandaverit, profanæ elo.. quentiæ arietes admovere non erubef
And again, .
“ Regicidium commendant posteris, “ ut Heroici facinoris exemplum fingu«« lare. Everfionem ecclefiæ, extirpa« tionem regni, regiique sanguinis, inter “ facta fortiffima numerant."
Again, speaking of the style of the writers on the side of the parliament, he says:
« Qui fructum cum femente conferre 6 vellet satius multo judicaret ad rudem “ illam, sed honestam Latinæ orationis « balbutiem (monkish Latin) revertere “ quam fic in Marci Tullii ac Titi Livii “ viridariis expatiari, pollucibiliter men« tiri, &c.”