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Excerpt from History of England From the Fall of Wolsey to the Defeat of the Spanish Armada, Vol. 9: Elizabeth

It was neither possible however nor desirable to hold the balance entirely even. The new ideas were growing the old were waning. There was no anxiety to check the first or save the second. Each was to be allowed and enabled to follow its natural tendency in peace; and thus the formulas, as has been well said, though patient of a Catholic interpretation, were not ambitions of it; the Puritans could more easily use the English liturgy than the Catholics could dispense with the mass. The Puritans complained, but for the most part sub mitted. The Catholics, who conformed widely at first, tempted by the easy administration of the laws, foli away - especially in the northern counties-reconciled themselves to Rome, and watched and prayed either for a new sovereign, or for the interference of the Great Powers of Europe.

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