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atchievements, domination, greatness, and renown; her Majesty, and other heroical points of excellence, wherein she is so transcendent, and which make her so princely, as that no other nation in every respect, the Scythick excepted, may, without arrogance, dare to compare with her.
To begin with her original, of it I may say as Virgil of Fame, caput inter nubila condit; she is a primitive nation, and vaunts her descent to be from no other place, than from the top of Nimrod's tower, where was made the first division of mankind into nations ; she derives not herself, (like those of her neighbours that boast so much of their great birth) from the conquered relicks of ruined Troy, whence also Virgil took so much pains to deduce his Romans, or from any other nation; but, as most conceive, the first transmigration, that the Teutones made, was, as is aforesaid, from the building of Babel, from whence they were conducted by the great Tuisco, whose name they still retain, and placed in those seats, which they have not only ever since defended against all invaders and intruders, but also most notably enlarged the same upon their neighbours; others, in more ignorant times, conceited they had their original and spring (like the giants, Myrmidons, Cadmus's new men, and other warlike breeds) from the soil and earth under them, as which was never known otherwise, than appropriate to their name and possession. v
To this antiquity of the Teutonick house, there wants not a conspiring quality of blood effectual to make it the most illustrious and first nation of Christendom; forGomer, Japhet's eldest son, is acknowledged, by historians, to have been the first king and possessor of Europe, whose heir and first-born was Askenaz, the father and denominator of the German nation; the Jews, at this day, calling the Germans Askenites, and the Saxons, our progenitors, as the most noble tribe, still retaining, with a little metathesis, as well the name as blood of the same royal patriarch; but whether he were one and the same with Tuisco, or else his progenitor, is left uncertain.
For the general qualification of these our ancestors, it hath ever spoke them to be no other than the true sons of Tuisco, that is, of Mars, as some interpret him. The first character that was given of them to the world, was by great Alexander himself, and resulted from that compendious discourse betwixt him and their ambassadors, when, upon their worthy answer to his proud question, as the supplement to Curtius's history recordeth, he pronounced them an haughty and cavaliering nation, envying that any should be as magnanimous as himself.
The next light that was given of them to the southern world was in lightning terror; this was by that famed expedition of the Cimbri and Teutones, peculiarly so called, when those our more immediate ancestors, wanting elbow-room in their native country of Low Germany, and the Cimbrick-Chersonese, undertook, in a party of three-hundred thousand adventurers, to seek and mend their fortunes in foreign countries. The first country they took in their way was France, then called Gaul, a country preordained for the exercise and subject of our conquests, and beating a nation, at that time esteemed the paragon of the world, and for strength, valour, and numerousness invincible; this France, and French nation, till then unconquored, and in their maiden glory, that Almaign army over-ran, subdued, and trampled under foot, thereby leaving to us, the progeny of their nation, the prime right and title of conquering them again; this province being ransacked, over the belly thereof, those second Anakites bore ontheir uncontrolled march towards the Alps and Italy, where lay the term and scope of their resolution and design, which was to try masteries with Rome for the empire of the world; Rome was not then in her infancy, under the displeasure of heaven, and propugned by a disorderly and unskilful multitude, as Brennus found her, but flourishing in the height of her fortune, strength, and youthful vigour; her discipline unmatchable, her armies almost invincible, and those managed and conducted by the greatest general of that age, Cains Marius; so that well might these positive advantages, concurring also with sundry accidental ones, which last were, indeed, the most efficacious occasions of the event, lend the Romans the fortune at that time over those our ancestors; but, although by the disposition of the supreme will, they fell short of their design, and left the honour of Rome's destruction for some (the Goths) others of their countrymen, in ensuing ages; yet did they shew forth such famous symptoms of more than human daringness and abilities, that the affrightment, which they cast before them, shook all Italy, and loaded the Romana ltars with prayers at that time, and long after, with praises to their deities, for the deliverance of their city from so formidable an invasion; a deliverance that endowed Marius with the pre-eminent name amongst Rome's preservers, as being from the invasion of such whose performances proclaimed them a gigantean army, and the most valiant men that ever the Romans had to deal with.
Neither did our ancestors glory fail to increase with the increase of time; for the next age produced Ariovistus, with his martial army from Germany over the Rhine to the second conquest of France; so that twice was that nation subdued and broken by our ancestors the Teutones, before ever the Roman eagles durst assail it: And, had not the Romans then interposed, all France, as well as Belgia, had, long before the time of Pharamond, fallen into the Germans possession. These Germans, at that time, as Caesar recordeth, had the French in such vassalage and subjection, as that they durst not so much as mutter out a complaint, or petition to their Roman friends for relief against them; nor did the French, who had been accounted of all nations the most valiant, in that age, presume in any sort to compare themselves with the Germans; but, as the same great author witnesseth, confessed in plain terms, that they were not able so much as to withstand their fulminating looks; and by their reports of the Germans formidableness, concurring with the Cimbrick memory, so scared even Caesar's legions, that all his centurions fell to a disposing either of their persons to a more security by flight, or of their estates to their friends by testament. And whosoever surveys the writings of Caesar, Tacitus, and other Roman authors of those times, no less eminent for judgment than authority, shall find in them the Teutones, our ancestors, to have been always accounted, in effect, the Anakitish and most soldiery nation of the world; and, for personage, the flower and quintessence of mankind, chosen and advanced above all nations to the dignity of the Caesarian guard; by nature consecrated to heroick activeness, disdaining other than sanguinean desudations; and who, during the whole age of the Roman monarchy, resisted the violence thereof, and were as often invaders as invaded.
After the dissolution of the Roman empire, how did the Teutonick glory and puissance break forth and diffuse themselves? The German colonies filled all Europe; the Franks seized upon the Transalpine Gaul, since, from them, named France; the Lombards upon the other Gaul, afterwards called Lombardy; the Goths on Spain; and the Saxons, or English, our peculiar progenitors, in a more plenary way, upon the best part of Britain, which we now possess, to which we have since also added the command of the Welsh, Irish, and Scots: So that in all the regions aforesaid, as the sovereignty and royalty, so also most of the nobility, and in England the whole commonalty, are German, and of the German blood; and scarcely was there any worth or manhood left in these occidental nations, after their so long servitude under the Roman yoke, until these new supplies of free-born men from Germany reinfused the same, and reinforced the then servile body of the west, with a spirit of honour and magnanimity; insomuch, that, as Du Bartus hath well observed, that land may well be stiled the equus Trajanus, or inexhausted fountain of Europe's worth and worthy men; which was also apparent and conspicuous in that ever-glorious and renowned expedition of the west, for the Holy Land, under the conduct of Godfrey of Bulloigne, wherein there was scarce a personage of worth, but who, together with the plurality of the inferior soldiery, was German by birth or blood.
As this our mother nation hath been transcendant above others in her atchievements, and her noble and fruitful issue of transmigrators and colonies, wherewith she hath replenished and re-edified her sister nations of the rest of Europe, and thereby inabled them to hold up their heads, as now they do among the potent monarchies of the world; so is she no less eminent in the vast bulk of her own body, and the ample tract of land which she holds and possessclh, and soever hath done against all the world, being indeed the heart and main body of Europe, as reaching from the Alps, near to the frozen ocean one way, and from France and the British Sea, unto Poland and Hungary, the other way, containing for members her several tribes of the Imperial Germans, the Switaers, Belgians, Danes, Norwegians, Swedes, Goths, and Vandals, besides us English. It is true, that the Celtick nation was once very great and famous, as possessing both the Gallia's and Britain; but she hath long since, in all her three seats, surrendered up her possessions, or liberty, together with her name, to the incroachments of her Teutonick neighbours; and doubtless, were all the foresaid limbs of the Teutonick nation as united in the political association of one head and heart, as they are in the natural ligaments and communion of blood, laws, language, and situation, that empire would not only be the head of the west, as now it is, but also able to wrestle with the oriental competitor, for the command of the world, or at least to shoulder out of Europe his intruding usurpation.
One more flower of this our mother nation's royal garland, and a point of her prerogative above other nations, not only of Europe, but also of the rest of the world, the Scythick excepted, is her unconqueredness, her untainted virginity and freedom from foreign subjection, which, from her first foundation and cradle, she hath so conserved and defended, that none can truly boast to have been her ravisher. The Roman invasions indeed often assayed her, but could never force her; as for Alexander, the Germans heard of him, but never saw him otherwise than by their ambassadors, who gave him and the world notice by their honourable answer to his insolent question, how much they feared him: and, lastly, lor Charlemain's German wars, they were but as civil and domestick, his Franks, and more particularly himself, being then in all things, but habitation, Germans, and consequently also his atchievements may by good right also be reckoned among the German acts: What other nation can glory of the like? It is confessed, that the Greeks and Gauls were, for many ages, famous assertors of their liberties; but the latter of the two never enjoyed theirs since the time of Ariovistus and Julius Caesar, and the poor, never enough to be lamented, Greeks, beside their ancient subjection to Rome, have in these latter times lost not only their liberty, but also an empire to boot, together with their laws, religion, honour, and never before conquered language, to the cruel oppression of Turkish barbarism, all which the Teutones have by the special favour of Heaven, from their first beginning, preserved inviolate against all invaders; indeed our neighbours the Scots boast much of the like privilege, but upon no equal grounds, for their remoteness and inaccessibleness, together with the unprofitableness of their soil, have been their chief protection from following the fortune of their mother nation of Ireland, and yet not so protected them, but as their own chronicles confess, their land hath been won from them, and they forced into exile for sixty years by the Romans, and their nation more than once subdued by our Edward the First, when they so often swore fealty and subjection to the Crown of England; and for the Scythians, as they of all the world have the best right to compare themselves, as having never submitted their necks to any external power, so may they also for that privilege in part thank their remoteness and barren climate, that have rendered their vast country not worth the conquering, and themselves as difficult to be found as vanquished by strong and well appointed armies.
But that, which makes up the sum and apex of this nation's pre-eminence, is her Imperial crown, the crown of Christendom, which the Divine Providence upon special choice hath devolved on her, that so she might be no less in title than merit the queen of nations; this her possessive dignity was long since foretold by the Druids, who, as Tacitus recordeth, prophesied that the empire should be translated from Rome over the Alps, and is no other than what she was born to in the right of Askenaz's blood, educated to an inviolated freedom, and generous exercises, and settled in by the purchase of the sword, and Rome's adoption; and the same hath been for many ages by her, without competition, enjoyed, she possessing also most of the other kingdoms and principalities of these parts by her colonies, insomuch that the German nation may justly seem to have been created and appointed, for heir of the western world, even as the Scythick of the eastern, as betwixt which two nations and their colonies, both the sovereignty and possession of the most part of Europe and Asia is divided, they being in all things parallels and competitors; Heaven grant that at length our Teutonicks, shaking off their enervating vices and divisions, with the same manhood wherewith in ancient times their ancestors refunded that Scythick invasion of the Huns, mawling that orbis malleum, and in after ages chaced the Turks, another tribe of the same nation, from the Holy Land, and repressed their incroachings on Christendom, may also in these last times, at least, un-europe the same enemy and his barbarism, and readvancing the eagle in the midst of Constantinople, recover, to great Tuisco's name, that right and honour in Thracia, which, as may be conceived, his person there sometime enjoyed under the name of Mars, confirmable by the still lasting analogy both in roots and accidents betwixt the Greek and Teutonick idioms.
Such is the transcendent quality of our mother nation, and in these sundry respects she sufficiently appears to be the chief and most honourable nation of Europe; of all which honour of her's we are true inheritors and partakers, either as members of that body, or as children of that mother, we being flesh of her flesh, and bone of her bone, yea of the most ancient and noble of her tribes, according to the Germans opinion; the Saxon still retaining the name, with a little metathesis, as is before related, of the patriarch Askenaz, and this so totally and intirely, that whatsoever blood among us is not Teutonick is exotick; for, as is also before intimated, our progenitors, that transplanted themselves from Germany hither, did not commix themselves with the ancient inhabitants of this country, the Britons, as other colonies did with the natives in those places where they came, but totally expelling them, they took the sole possession of the land to themselves, thereby preserving their blood, laws, and language, incorrupted; and, in this panegyrick of the Teutonick blood, I have so prolixly insisted, not only to vindicate our own, as being a stream of the same, and to evince the nobility thereof, but withal to convince the folly of those wretches among us, who aversing ours do so much adhere unto, and dote upon descents from France and Normandy.
But, lest any that cannot reproach us as Germans, should calumniate us as transmigrators, the consideration of the general quality of such will be our sufficient apology, for that it is well known that most colonies and transmigrators are made up, and consisting of the flower and choice youth of that country from whence they are transplanted, and being such, ccelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt, though they change air, they retain their spirits; and this is moreover observable for our advantage, that we left not the land of our fathers, either as exiled for demerits with the Parthians, nor forced and profligated by neighbours, as many others, nor yet with the mind of rovers, that go unjustly to despoil others of their goods and country. But, than which nothing could be more honourable, the first cause and occasion of our coming into this land was, at the earnest suit and intreaty of the distressed Britons, the ancient possessors of the same, to relieve and succour their oppressed nation, against the barbarous and ore than
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