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unhappily deemed a species of intolerance their religious duty; that Bishops of our church were among the first that contended against this error; and finally, that since the reformation, when tolerance became a fashion, the Church of England, in a tolerating age, has shewn herself eminently tolerant, and far more so, both in Spirit and in Fact, than many of her most bitter opponents, who profess to deem toleration itself an insult on the rights of mankind! As to myself, who not only know the Church-Establishment to be tolerant, but who see in' it the greatest, if not the sole safe bulwark of Toleration, I feel no necessity of defending or palliating oppressions under the two Charleses, in order to exclaim with a full and fervent heart, ESTO PERPETUA!
Fire, Famíre, and Slaughter.
The Scene, a desolated Tract in la Vendee. FAMINE is discovered lying on the ground; to her enter Fire
SLAUGHTER (to Fire.)
No!'no! no !
And all the souls, that damned be,
They no longer heeded me';
No! no! no! Spirits hear what spirits tell: 'Twill make an holiday in Hell !
FAMINE. Whisper it, sister ! so and so! In a dark hint, soft and slow.
SLAUGHTER. Letters four do form his name And who sent you?
· SLAUGHTER. He came by stealth, and unlock'd my den, And I have drank the blood since then Of thrice three hundred thousand men.
The same ! the same!