FIrst in the Plot, obserue I pray you a cruell Ex∣ecution, an inhumane crueltie, a brutish immani∣tie, a diuelish brutishnes, & an Hyperbolicall, yea an hyperdiabolicall diuelishnes.
First, Cruelty in the effusiō of blood, cursed both of God and man: for Cursed art thou from the earth saith God to Cain, Genes. 4.11. for one mans blood spilt▪ Cursed be the rage, for it was cruell, saith Iacob of his sonnes, Gen. 49.7. in the slaugh∣ter of the Shechemites.
Page [unnumbered]Secondlie, Immane crueltie, in the multi∣tude of the slaine, to make himselfe drunke with the blood of so many Worthies, and so innocent: (for by the reporte of militarie men) his prouision was so large, that if fire had beene giuen, (beside the place it selfe at the which hee aymed) the Hall of Iudgement, the Courtes of Re∣cordes, the Collegiate Church, the Cittie of Westmin∣ster, yea, White-Hall the Kinges house, had beene trushed and ouerthrowne, such heapes hee had layde in, of Billets, Fagots, huge stones, Iron-crowes, Pike-axes, great Hammer-heades, be∣sides so many barrels of Gun-powder, fiue and thirtie in number small and great, as I am crede∣bly informed.
Thirdly, his brutish immanity▪ in the manner of the death, not man-like to kill, but beast-like to discerpe, and teare parcell meale, the bodies of such personages, Ferina rabies est, saith Seneca, di∣laniare non occidere.
Fourthly, his diuelish feritie; first, for the ma∣terials of the death intended (Gun-powder) which they say none but the diuell, the King of the sul∣phurious pit did inuent: secondly, for the fierie massacre it should haue made, not from heauen, as the fire that came downe from aboue vppon Iobs substance, Iob. 1.16. For which cause it is there called Ignis Dei, but vnder the earth, out of a Caue, as kindled and sent from the infernall Page [unnumbered] pit: The Apostle sayeth, That the member which sets on fire, Rotam generationis, Iames, 3.6. The whole course of generation (as this shoulde haue done) it selfe is set on fire by Hell.
Fiftly, But this more then diuelish, for this Diuell of the Vault, contented not himselfe with the death of the bodie, but reached in his Pro∣iect at the second death, of the soule; by ta∣king away many, so suddenly in their sinnes vn∣repented, with their mindes vn-prepared: I trust that this escape will make many to like the better of the prayer against suddaine death, for though I doubt not, but if it had beene effected, that this whirling blast woulde haue beene vnto our sacred King, (so Religious in his profession, so innocent from wrong, so cleare in his conscience) as the Whirle-wind and fiery cha∣riot of Elias, to haue carried vppe his soule to heauen, and that God in his mercy, woulde haue made this Deluge of Bloode, as Baptismum sanguinis, a Baptisme of Martyrdome, to haue washt away our sinners; and as a Holocaust, an whole burnt sacrifice, to propitiate his wrath for our Transgressions, yet as much as in this Fury it lay, he wold haue sent vs all to hell.
Secondly, And still I say, a Rage more then diuelish: for the Diuell when hee is described to haue 〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉. Apoc. 12.12. to bee in his extreamest rage, yet then hee is saide, verse 4. Page [unnumbered] to haue drawne with his tayle, but the third part of the starres, and that from heauen to earth, but this Diuell, with his traine would at once haue pulled downe all the glorious Starres, both fix∣ed, and erraticall (those that are fastened to the Court, and those which come and goe as they are called and dismissed) yea euen the Sunne & the Moone themselues, not from heauen to earth, but to the bottomlesse pit, as much as in him lay.
Thirdly, and still I say, more then diuelish: For as the Fathers (alluding vnto that speech of the King of Sodome, Da mihi animas, caetera cape tibi Genes. 14.21.) doe well obserue, that the di∣uell is contented with the soules of men, for if Iob would haue cursed God to his face, Iob. 1.11. he would not haue cared, though his substance and honour had beene encreased, and his life continued, but this Satanicall miscreant, must haue body and goods, and life, and soule, and all.
Lastly, marke in this Plot, a prodition with∣out a match (and yet it shoulde haue beene ef∣fected with a match) but I meane, a Treason without Paralell; a slaughter beyonde compari∣son. For the Treason, the neerest that I find to it, is that in the Roman Historie of the school∣maister among the Falerians, whose Citty Ca∣millus besieged, who hauing the sonnes and Page [unnumbered] youth of all the Nobility, and the Chiefe of that Cittie in his tuition, drawing them into the fieldes a little without the Walles, vnder pretence for their recreation, betraide them all at once into the handes of Camillus: and yet herein there is a great disparison, for they were but children, but in this case olde and young, parents and progenie, all at once, should haue beene betrayed, they were aliue, and so might be eyther raunsomed or recouered, or if slaine yet they should haue seene their death: but here without ransom or recouery; or seeing who had hurt them (for so the letter boasts) a death sud∣daine and invisible: there but the sprowtes of one Cities Nobilitie, a small territorie: heere the stem and seede Royall, with the Honour and Hope of this whole Ilands Gentry and Nobility.
But Slaughter none can I thinke of matchable therewith. Pharao slew the Males of Israel, but that was by Edict, and they were Children, and of his Vassalles. Herod massacred the infantes, but that was to secure him of his State, shaken (as he thought) by a prediction, Math. 2. Abi∣melech and Athaliah, killed all the allies of the bloud, but their furie was stanched in the issue Royall. Of Achilles his furie, it is saide by the Poet,〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉, that he sent many worthy men to the graue: but that was in open warre, and in the compasse of many yeares.
Page [unnumbered]And all these were Kinges and Tyrants, and so their mind the same with Polynices in the Tragae∣dy, Imperia precio quonis constant bené, that King∣domes are to bee bought at any rate: but what shoulde moue this, 〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉, a vermine of the basest sorte, a very Tenebrio, the slaue of darkenesse, like a Mole vnder the grounde, to subuerte at one push as the Prophet speaketh, Esay. 9.14. heade & tayle, braunch and roote, all in one day? Caligula, was but a shadow; for he wished that all the Cittizens of Rome, had but one necke, that at one blow hee might cut it off: but this Blood-sucker, not only wished it, but contriued it, prepared for it, and was ready to execute it. There was but one famous Nero, which for his Crueltie got the name of Nero frō all the rest, him hath he matched in Affection: for when one of Nero his dissolute company, had said Me mortuo, when I am deade, let heauen & earth goe together▪ Nay said Nero, Me viuo, while I am aliue. So ment Guy Faulkes (the true name of a false traytor) to haue beheld as (hee said) the houses and bodies flying vp; he liuing & laughing at it If hee had solde vs for bond-slaues & hand-maides, saith Hester of Haman, yet there had been life, and so hope of returne, but to make an vtter dis∣solution of the whole State, had beene a misery incurable, was a proiect most damnable.