Posted by: the watchmen | December 5, 2008

Learning from History.

Think on This:

The Speech by Oliver Cromwell, when he dissolved the Long Parliament:

“It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a fractious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would, like Esau, sell your country for a mess of pottage; and, like Judas, betray your God for a few pieces of money: Is there a single virtue now remaining among you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse! Gold is your god. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man among you who has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth? Ye sordid prostitutes, have you not defiled this Sacred Place, and turned the Lord’s Temple into a den of thieves by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You were deputed here to get grievances redressed; are not yourselves become the greatest grievance? Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean Stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House and which, by God’s help and the strength He has given me, I am now come to do. I command ye, therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place. Go, get out, make haste, ye venal slaves, begone! So take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.”

(Price: Two Pence)
From a contemporary broadsheet


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