Pasquil against Pope Innocent X  

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"One knocking at the door of paradise, Saint Peter looked out, and asked, Who's there ?' He that knocked answered, I am Pope Innocent the Tenth.' 'Unlock the door, and come in,' said St. Peter. I have not the keys about me,' quoth the other. No, ' said St. Peter, you left them with Donna Olympia; go, fetch them. I do not use to turn the key for popes ; they may use their own keys.' The old man going thence discontented, saw a door standing open, into which he was invited to enter, and was told that he was welcome. ' Oh,' said Pluto, long looked for, come at last!' The hellish darkness was not so great but that Mascabruno quickly spied him : And art thou come at last with all thy faults ?' said he, thou that madest me be executed unjustly.' ' Not unjustly,' said the pope ; your behaviour in the datary redounded too much to my dishonour.' What ! ' said the other, I did nothing without order of your actotum, your donna.' After much contesting, they fell to cuffs, and that with so much noise, that they disturbed Pencirollo, who coming out, and having learned the occasion of the quarrel , composed it for a time, by telling them it was impossible to decide the controversy between them, till Donna Olympia came thither, which would be very shortly. So that, in the interim, they ought to keep the peace."--Pasquil against Pope Innocent X, in a letter from John Pell to John Thurloe

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Pasquil against Pope Innocent X, in a letter from John Pell to John Thurloe.

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