‘The Vicar of Bray’ Explains How to Keep a Job in Tough Times

Thanks to WikiPedia and YouTube, in cooperation with Catholicism.org, ambitious seekers of ecclesiastical preferment everywhere may learn the tricks of the trade. Whether its a cushy sinecure you want, or something more labor intensive, just take the advice of the Vicar of Bray:

In good King Charles‘s golden days,
When Loyalty no harm meant;
A Zealous High-Church man I was,1
And so I gain’d Preferment.2
Unto my Flock I daily Preach’d,
Kings are by God appointed,
And Damn’d are those who dare resist,
Or touch the Lord’s Anointed.3
And this is law,4 I will maintain
Unto my Dying Day, Sir.
That whatsoever King may reign,
I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!
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When Royal James possest the crown,
And popery5 grew in fashion;
The Penal Law I shouted down,
And read the Declaration:
The Church of Rome I found would fit
Full well my Constitution,
And I had been a Jesuit,6
But for the Revolution.7
And this is Law, &c.

When William our Deliverer came,
To heal the Nation’s Grievance,
I turn’d the Cat in Pan8 again,
And swore to him Allegiance:
Old Principles I did revoke,
Set conscience at a distance,
Passive Obedience is a Joke,
A Jest is9 non-resistance.
And this is Law, &c.

When Royal Anne became our Queen,
Then Church of England‘s Glory,
Another face of things was seen,
And I became a Tory:10
Occasional Conformists base
I Damn’d, and Moderation,
And thought the Church in danger was,
From such Prevarication.
And this is Law, &c.

When George in Pudding time11 came o’er,
And Moderate Men looked big, Sir,
My Principles I chang’d once more,
And so became a Whig, Sir.12
And thus Preferment I procur’d,
From our Faith’s great Defender13
And almost every day abjur’d
The Pope, and the Pretender.
And this is Law, &c.

The Illustrious House of Hanover,14
And Protestant succession,
To these I lustily will swear,
Whilst they can keep possession:
For in my Faith, and Loyalty,
I never once will faulter,
But George, my lawful king shall be,
Except the Times shou’d alter.
And this is Law, &c.