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HISTORIE OF CHURCH AND STATE
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yannkiers70 of the citie, a pleasant companie. Uppon the Saterday his majestic
rested, and his companie. On the Lords day he came to St Giles to heare
preachinge, but in effect his majestic beared not a preaching, but a base flatering
panegyrick—I speake the more bouldly because I hearde it, and can yet give
accompt of my heareinge.
Before his majestie’s comeinge to church, Mr John Maxwell, then pretended
bishop of Rosse, was bussie man to have all after the new mode and forme of
England. What words past [14] betwixt Mr Pathricke Hendersone and him I
know not, but many a soure glunsh he gave him, and at length by vyolence
thrust him out of the reader’s seate and placed three in there surplusses in his
roome, one in the seate and one uppon either side. And there we gott a part of
that service.
With his majestic (not reckoninge his nobles) was Laud, then bishopp of
London and his majestie’s chapleine, but apeareinghe made not manie good
prayers for his majestic, as may be well scene, when with his owne hand that
choosinge the morninge prayer for the king’s owne person (‘who are the Father
of thine elect and their seid’) was scraped out, belike71 he esteemed it unlawfull
for King Charles to avow his certaintie and perswasione that was God was his
father, and [he] his adopted childe electt to salvatione.
Mr John Guthrie,72 once ordinare minister of Edinburgh, then pretendit
bishopp of Morray, busked in his long surplice coveringe almost all his gowne,
and a short one above that, which covered his shoulders like a combinge cloath.
Affter three low becks even to the ground toward his majestic (made the
pannegiricke) he began with an apology to his sometyme people of Edinburgh
that he appeared that day in pulpit with such habitt as he had never used before
them. And what was his apologie, thinke yee? ‘I answere for this, even as David
did to Michaell his wife, who offended to see him dance before the Arke
uncoveringe himselfe, as shee aleadged, as one of the vaine fellowes uncovereth
himselfe: “it was before the Lord (said David)”, and so (say I) and yet will I be
more vile then this, for this habitt imports innocency befittinge God’s ministers.’73
His text was onely these two words in the last verse of the 20 Psalme.The bishop
70 youngsters.
71 ‘probably’, with an ironic twist. The quotation is from the Booke of Common Prayer (London,
1609). In ‘ An Order for Evening Prayer’, the prayer for the queen and prince and other royals begins:
‘Almighty God, which hast promised to be a father of thine elect, and of their seed’, A4r.This wording
does not appear in the Cambridge, 1629 edition; see B3v-B4r. Nor does it appear in the Edinburgh,
1633 edition; see Blr. Might the author or his reporter have had an older copy in hand during the
service, and jumped to an unjustified conclusion?
72 See pp. 214-23 below.
73 2 Samuel 6:20-2.

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