ACCEPT, I pray you (my deare countreymen) as thankefully this Pamphlet
that I offer vnto you, as louingly it is written for your weale. I would be loath
both to be faschious, and fectlesse: And therefore, if it be not sententious, at least it is
short. It may be yee misse many things that yee looke for in it: But for excuse thereof,
consider rightly that I onely lay downe herein the trew grounds, to teach you the right-
way, without wasting time vpon refuting the aduersaries. And yet I trust, if ye will
take narrow tent, ye shall finde most of their great gunnes payed home againe, either
with contrary conclusions, or tacite obiections, suppose in a dairned forme, and in-
directly: For my intention is to instruct, and not irritat, if I may eschew it. The
profite I would wish you to make of it, is, as well so to frame all your actions accord-
ing to these grounds, as may confirme you in the course of honest and obedient Sub-
iects to your King in all times comming, as also, when ye shall fall in purpose with
any that shall praise or excuse the by-past rebellions that brake foorth either in this
countrey, or in any other, ye shall herewith bee armed against their Sirene songs,
laying their particular examples to the square of these grounds. Whereby yee shall
soundly keepe the course of righteous Iudgement, decerning wisely of euery action
onely according to the qualitie thereof, and not according to your pre-iudged conceits
of the committers: So shall ye, by reaping profit to your selues, turne my paine into
pleasure. But least the whole Pamphlet runne out at the gaping mouth of this Preface,
if it were any more enlarged; I end, with committing you to God, and me to your
The Politial Works of James I: Reprinted from the Edition of 1616. James I. Charles Howard McIlwain. Cambridge. Harvard University Press. 1918.
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