The Word on the Street
home | background | illustrations | distribution | highlights | search & browse | resources | contact us

Broadside entitled 'The Manner of the Barbarous Murther of James'


The Manner of the Barbarous Murther of


Late Lord Arch - Bishop   of St. Andrews,

Primate and Metropolitan of all Scotland,

And one of his Majesties most Honourable Privy-Council of that Kingdom ; May 3.   1679.

WHen Rome, by Godsrey's Death, had proudly shown
      The greatest Horror could by Man be done ,
       Hell stood amaz'd a while, and blusht to see

   It self out done by Romish Cruelty :
   At length, Grim Lucifer the Silence broke;
And to his Imps, infurious tone he spoke :

See yonder reeking Murder! Come, lets sit
In   strong    debate, and strive to rival it;
Or else, as Novices,    to Rome wee'l go,

And send the the Pope to Mount our Throne below.
         In hot dispute, the black Cabal had spent

A little Time, when with a full Consent,
It was   resolv'd;    Ten Furies, who exprest
       A greater Love to Blood, than all the rest,
       Should with as many Scottish Ruffians Joyn

To act,   on Pious SHARP, this Damn'd Design ;
For, who that knows that Murder, can (indeed)
Think   it by any here on Earth Decreed ?
When every horrid Circumstance does tell,
It could be Plotted no where but in Hell:
Though some sad Mortals do delight in Blood,
They could not be thus Wicked, if they wou'd.
For what Infernal could enhance the Guilt,
More than in this, A Prelates Blood was Spilt!

    Whose Sacred Function, WaS enough to queil

The   Thoughts of Vengeance   in   an   Infidell.

    But yet nor this, nor' s Silver colour'd Hairs,
His Learning, Piety, his Daughters Pray'rs;
His Virtues, Prudence, Loyalty, nor Age,
Were Charms enough, to stop these Ruffians Rage:
Who only therefore Long'd to shed his Blood;
    Because they knew him Innocent, and Good:
    That so their Crime might unexampled seem,
    Not in the Murder, but in Murthering him.
         Nor does the manner of this Murder, less

    The heighth of their Impiety express:
    Behold!   how like a Dog, they Hawl and Draw

Him from his Coach, not fearing Heav'n nor Law !
      See, how the Coach-man Tumbles from his Box ;
    And poor Postillion fell'd, like Fatted Ox!

Whil'st on her Knees, the weeping Daughter Craves
Her Father's Life, and's threatned by the Slaves!
Whil'st others, by a Show'r of Passes Given,
Let out his Blood, and send his Soul to Heaven!

If any Villians, for the Future, wou'd
Know the worst way, to dip their Hands in Blood,
Let them to Scotland go, to end that Strife,
This Prelate's Fall, will Teach them to the Life!

London, Printed for J. S. and B. H.    1679.

previous pageprevious          
Date published: 1679   shelfmark: S.302.b.2(035)
Broadside entitled 'The Manner of the Barbarous Murther of James'
View larger image

NLS home page   |   Digital gallery   |   Credits

National Library of Scotland © 2004

National Library of Scotland