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The Daily Dispatch: September 11, 1861., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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ripture, might have reminded the Roundheads of certain texts more significant and applicable than any of their own, such as "My son, fear thou the Lord and the King; and meddle not with them that are given to change." Quotations of a similar character might be indefinitely multiplied from both the Old and New Testaments. In fact, if the Scripture-quoting Oliver Cromwell had lived in the days of that scriptural writer from whom he was most fond of borrowing warlike passages, that glorious Hebrew King and warrior, David, the same sentence would have been pronounced upon him that the King pronounced against that other man of blood, and champion of usurpation, Joab, the son of Zedekiah: "Let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace." And the whole crowd of pious regicides might have contemplated with advantage the example of David himself, when flying for his life from Saul, reproaching himself that he had even cut of the skirt of Saul's ribem wguke he slept,--"And David's heart