The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 37
Is it not so, great Locke? and greater Bacon?
Great Socrates? and Thou Diviner still,
Whose lot it is to be mistaken,
And Thy pure creed made sanction of all ill?
Redeeming worlds to be by bigots shaken,
How was Thy toil rewarded?
As it is necessary in these times to avoid ambiguity, I say, page 15 that I mean by "Diviner still," Christ. If ever God was man—or man God, He was both. I never arraigned His creed, but the use or abuse made of it. Mr Canning one day quoted Christianity to sanction Negro Slavery, and Mr Wilberforce had little to say in reply. And was Christ crucified that black men might be scourged?
Hobbes (the philosopher of Malmesbury) who, doubting of his own soul, paid that compliment to the souls of other people as to decline their visits, of which he had some apprehension.