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The Protector, Lord Cromwell to Parliament in 1656

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Lord Cromwell's speech to Parliament in 1656 to sway them to war with Spain. Some say this is one of the noblest, most sensible, energetic, and religious speeches ever uttered by a statesman.

Therefore I beseech you in the name of God, set your hearts to work. And if you set your hearts to it, then you will sing Luther's Psalm (Ps. xlvi). That is a rare Psalm for a Christian! – and if he set his heart open, and can approve it to God, we shall hear him say: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. If Pope and Spaniard, and Devil and all set themselves against us, – though they should compass us like bees, as it is in the hundred and eighteenth Psalm, – yet in the name of the Lord we should destroy them! And, as it is in this Psalm of Luther's, We will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the middle of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled; thought the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a rive, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved. Then the Psalmist repeats two or three times, The Lord of Host is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."

After this speech, he concluded by saying,

I have done. All I have to say is, To pray God that He may bless you with His presence; that He who hath your hearts and mine would show His presence in the midst of us. – I desire you will go together, and choose your Speaker."

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