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On Clergymen Preaching Politics

By Byrom, John

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Book Id: WPLBN0000679430
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Reproduction Date: 2007

Title: On Clergymen Preaching Politics  
Author: Byrom, John
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: Indeed, Sir Peter, I could wish, I own, // That parsons would let politics alone; // Plead, if they will, the customary plea, // For such like talk, when o'er the dish of tea: // But when they tease us with it from the pulpit, // I own, Sir Peter, that I cannot help it. // If on their rules a justice should intrench, // And preach, suppose a sermon, from the bench, // Would you not think your brother magistrate // Was a little touched in his hinder pate? // Now which iw worse, Sir Peter, on the total // The lay vagary, or the sacredotal? // In ancient times, when preachers preached indeed // Their sermons, ere the learned learnt to read, // Another spirit, and another life, // Shut the church doors against all party strife: // Since then, how often heard, from sacred rostrums, // The lifeless din of Whig and Tory nostrums! // 'Tis wrong, Sir Peter, I insist upon't; // To common sense 'tis plainly an affront: // The parson leaves the Christian in a lurch, // Whene'er he brings his politics to church; // His cant, on either side, if he calls preaching, // The man's wrong-headed, and his brains want bleaching. // Recall the time from conquering William's reign, // And guess the fruits of such a preaching vein: // How oft its nonsense must have veered about, // Just as the politics were in, or out: // The pulput governed by no gospel data, // But new success still mending old errata. // Were I a king (God bless me) I should hate // My chaplains meddling with affairs of state; // Nor would my subjects, I should think, be fond, // Whenever theirs the Bible went beyond. // How well, methinks, we both should live together, // If these good folks would keep within their tether! // John Byrom...


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