My mind shudders when I think of her awful, awful situation, and that, near as she is to the grave, she should be so given up to vanity, licentiousness, profaneness
, and folly." In fact, the old lady declined altogether to hear his hour's lecture of an evening; and when she came to Queen's Crawley alone, he was obliged to pretermit his usual devotional exercises.
The growing indignation was voiced from time to time in published protests, of which the last, in 1698, was the over-zealous but powerful 'Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness
of the English Stage' by Jeremy Collier, which carried the more weight because the author was not a Puritan but a High-Church bishop and partisan of the Stuarts.
But I did feel that if at that moment any of those faults had been brought before me which sometimes occur amongst us; had I heard that any of you had been guilty of falsehood, or of drunkenness, or of any other such sin; had I heard from any quarter the language of profaneness
, or of unkindness, or of indecency; had I heard or seen any signs of that wretched folly which courts the laugh of fools by affecting not to dread evil and not to care for good, then the unsuitableness of any of these things with the scene I had just quitted would indeed have been most intensely painful.
A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness
of the English Stage: Together with the Sense of Antiquity upon this Argument.
Hobbes calling it "celerity of imagining" made it sound like a condition to which one ought to aspire, but the New Foundling Hospital for Wit dubbed it "profaneness
, indecency, immorality, scurrility, mimickry, buffoonery; abuse of all good men, and especially of the clergy" (15).
In the author's own words, libertines or practical atheists are "detestable creatures" guilty of vice and profaneness
, the doctrine of Epicurus is "monstrous and extravagant beyond all other follies" (2:310), and Spinozism is a manifestation of atheism or superstition--two phenomena arising from the "same defect in the mind of man" (2:312).
If it could be said with as little appearance of profaneness
, as there is feeling or intention in my mind, I might affirm: that I had been crucified, dead, and buried, descended into Hell, and am now, I humbly trust, rising again, tho' slowly and gradually.
in my head, Defects and darknesse in my breast, A noise of passions ringing me for dead Unto a place where is no rest: Poore priest thus am I drest (6-10) Having received Christ, "my onely head, / My alone onely heart and breast, / My onely musick" (16-18), the priest's internal transformation equips and empowers him to lead his flock.
174; John Disney, A View of Ancient Laws, Against Immorality and Profaneness
(Cambridge, 1729), p.
The proclamation declared the royal intention to punish 'All manner of vice, profaneness
Divers plans and figures were chalked upon the walls; and the spaces between then were filled up with an almanac for the year; a godly ballad, adorned with a rude wood-cut purporting to be "The History of Chaste Susannahand old print of the seven golden candlesticks; an abstract of various Acts of Parliament against drinking, swearing and all manner of profaneness
; and a view of Doctor Burgess's Presbyterian meeting house in Russell Court, with portraits of the reverend gentleman and the principle members of his flock.
[...] in 1666, when, in the panic atmosphere after the Great Fire and Great Plague, a Bill against Atheism and Profaneness
was introduced in the Commons, and the committee to which it was sent was empowered to receive information and report to the House on books tending to atheism, blasphemy, and profaneness
, including by name "the book of Mr Hobbes called Leviathan." What the committee reported is not known, but the Bill passed the Commons, and Hobbes's alarm understandably lasted at least until the Lords allowed the Bill to die in the following session.