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Englands sad posture; or, A true description of the present estate of poore distressed England, and of the lamentable condition of these distracted times, since the beginning of this civill, and unnaturall warr. / presented to the Right Honourable, pious and valiant, Edward, Earle of Manchester.
Calver, Edward, fl. 1649.; Manchester, Edward Montagu, Earl of, 1602-1671.
Wing C315; ESTC R170351
The Right Honourable Edward Lord Montague Baron of Kimbolton Vis-count Mandeuile Earle of Manchester And Maior Generall of the Parliaments Forces in the associated Countyes Norfolke Suffolke Essex The true portraiture of the Right Honourable Edward Lord Montague Baron of Kimbolton Viscount Mandevile Earle of Manchester and Major Generall of the Parliaments Forees in the Associated Covnties norfolke Suffolke Essex ãâã ENGLANDS SAD POSTURE OR A true Description of the present Estate of poore distressed England and of the lamentable Condition of these distracted times since the beginning of this Civill and unnaturall Warr. Presented to the Right Honourable Pious and Valiant EDWARD Earle of MANCHESTER You that have Eye-lids that can teares distill View Englands Posture and then weep your fill LONDON Printed by Bernard Alsop and are to be sold by Richard Harper in Smithfield at the Signe of the Bible 1644. TO THE RIGHT HONOVRABLE Pious Valiant and vigilant EDWARD Earle of MANCHESTER and Noble Generall over all Military forces in our Easterne associated Counties RIGHT Honourable and therefore Honourable because truly Right not only a lover and practiser but a faithfull defendar of right But that which makes your fame singugular is that this vertue in you is so generall that where as all men are by nature enclined to seeke their owne right your Honour hath engaged both your Life and Estate to mainetaine the right of others yea the right of our King and Country nay which is most transcendent the right safety of Gods cause which is now by unhappie occasion in danger to suffer violence And in this your uprightnesse of heart in defence of the right of your case you have hitherto done so rightly and Nobly that it cannot appeare in the least part that the fairest professers of reward nor the fowlest threatnings of revenge could either draw or drive you to so much as slack your Impartiall hand in these your pious proceedings much lesse to betray your trust nor hath envie it selfe the least moate to cast into you dish which Noble Earle is now more rare then over Europ being now in travill to cast some poison into every dish that is presented on the table of our distempered State and nââ¦ doubt hath often abusd your Honorable presence in presenting great and grosse Malignants in disguised habits And as this to the eie of the world and to your Eternall praise doth render you truely Honourable so it doth happily declare the happinesse we injoy by injoying so happie so vigilant and so successefull a governour as your Honourable selfe is under whom through the blessing of God we in these associated Counties may more truly say then Turtellius did to Felix we enjoy much quietness And seeing by your Honour worthy deeds are done for your Country we except it with all thankefulnesse and alacrity of spirit being bound to blesse God for such a blessing upon us and not to cease praying that you may ride on and prosper Now right Honourable amongst other these your deep engaged servants I the most unworthy of the least of your favours have notwithstanding presuming on your Clemency dared to shelter these my deformed shaddows under the wings of your protecting substance yet Noble Earle no farther then they may be capaple of favour but if in any thing I have erred I am there at your pleasure to be corrected Now in this mishapen picture I have laboured to offer to your view and so to the eye of the world the most deformed forme of our nations now most miserably miserable estate out of which t is possible that your piercing cie may pick somewhat that may be usefull but if not I beseech your Honour to resolve that my intents herein are honest and the contents if we make no other use of them may at the least tend to our humiliation they being no other then a glasse wherin we may see our sinns reflecting upon our selves and in our present miseries read our foregoing offences but not any way presuming to instruct nor too farr to trouble your Honour with trifles I cease in this kind to be any farther tedious humbly begging pardon for this my intrusion and I shall for ever hold it my happinesse to heare of your prosperity which in spight of all your enemies the God of all good successe crowne your Honour with as he hath begun So prayes Your humble perioner EDVVARD CALVER THE PREFACE THE Title of this Book doth succinctly and briefly comply with the sad condition of the present times describing the turbulent state of this land and the many miseries under which the genius of this Kingdom doth now growne Warr hath never seemed sweet to any but to the unexperienced who blinded with its florish and its glory observe not the Tragicall events that doe attend it Of all the Warr the Civill is most grevous where all the obligations of friendship and Nature lie canceld in one anothers blood while Brothers and Kindred destroy one another by the devouring sword Religion being traduced to palliat these bloody acts and trampled down by Malignants and Papists for the defence wherof our Liberties and Lawes we are bound unto the Parliament to whom we owe our safety and subsistance This Kingdom doth now stand in a most sad posture first occasioned by sinne and now punished by the justice of God with an unnaturall warr makeing it swim in a deluge of its owne blood Every day brings in many sad Demonstrations corcerning this subject the burning of houses the pillaging of of goods the violating of all Lawes both Divine Humaine have bin Arguments written in blood by too many swords That which is heer related in the following severall particulers and Epigrams adjoyned thereunto may be fitly called Englands sad Postures or her Glasse wherein she may behold her sadd distracted face her sufferings at this present being a compendious mixture of all distresses endured even from the beginning of this Civill Warr which being heer presented unto your view I doubt not but that it will finde deserved compassion in the Reader and move him to send up his prayers to heaven that this bleeding Kingdome may be once againe established in Peace and Truth as all good men doe most earnestly desire This Book being but a sadd Picture of the miserable calamities of this Kingdome drawne out by the hand of the Author E. CALVER THE CONTENTS OUR Sinns provoking Gods Anger smoaking The Sword proceeding The Kingdome bleeding Our King turmoyling The Parliament toyling Religion shaking Our Lawes now quaking Delinquents Plotting The Papists doting Malignants Raving True Christians Craving Good people praying This Author devising On these sad times or Epigramatizing Our Sinnes provoking SIN I the most prodigious sight indeed The Divells offspring most Infernall seed The root of Ruine death and Hell and care Heavens how endur'd you when I acted there You spotlesse powers and I the most defiling Could not agree which caus'd my thence exiling But powers Celestiall could