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Historical Romance.

EDITED

BY HORACE SMITH, ESQ.

AUTHOR OF

“ BRAMBLETYE HOUSE."

Yet is the tale, true though it be, as strange,
As full, methinks, of wild and wondrous change,
As any that the wandering tribes require,
Stretched in the desert round their evening fire;
As any sung of old in hall or bɔwer
To minstrel-karps at midnight's witching hour.

ROGERS's Poems.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. III.

LONDON:

HENRY COLBURN, PUBLISHER,

GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

WHITING, BEAU FORT HOUSE, STRAND.

CROMWELL.

BOOK III.

There can be slain
No sacrifice to God more acceptable
Than an unjust and wicked king.

Milton. (From Seneca.)

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CROMWELL.

CHAPTER I.

The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins
Remorse from power: and to speak truth of Cæsar,
I have not known when his affection swayed
More th:ın his reason. But 'tis a common prouf,
That lowliness is young ambition's ladder,
Whereto the climber upward turns his face,
But when he once attains the topmost round,
He then unto the ladder turns his back,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend.

Julius Casur.

Two full years had gone round since the defeat of Naseby had paralyzed the efforts and destroyed the hopes of Charles Stuart's party

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