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Milton, Harrington and the Williamite monarchy, 1698–1714

will maintain, / incourage merit, and leud vice restrain. / Our Laws, Religion, Arms, our coin and trade, / All flourish under him, before decay’d’.85 William would bring both the ‘branch of peace, and thunderbolt of War’: the free state of Britain would become an anti-tyrannical force ‘to free those who slavish fetters wear’.86 For Toland the more urgent war was to be fought against the instruments of spiritual slavery, the ‘swarming herds of crafty priests and monks, / the female orders of religious punks, / Cardinals, Patriarchs, Metropolitans, / Franciscans

in Republican learning