The Test Oath


I _________ solemnly swear in the presence of Eternal God, whom I invoke as judge and witness of my sincere intention of this my oath, that I own and sincerely profess the true Protestant religion contained in the Confession of Faith recorded in the first Parliament of King James the VI., and that I believe the same to be founded on, and agreeable to, the written Word of God, and I promise and swear that I shall adhere thereto during all the days of my life time, and shall endeavour to educate my children therein, and shall never consent to any change or alteration contrary thereto, and that I disown and renounce all such principles, doctrines, or practices whether popish or fanatical which are contrary unto, and inconsistent with, the said Protestant religion and Confession of Faith. And for testification of my obedience to my most gracious Sovereign, Charles II, I do affirm and swear by this my solemn oath that the King's Majesty is the only supreme Governor of this realm, over all persons and in all causes as well ecclesiastical as civil; and that no foreign Prince, person, Pope, Prelate, State, or Potentate hath, or ought to have any jurisdiction, power, superiority, pre-eminency , or authority ecclesiastical or civil within this realm, and therefore I do utterly renounce and forsake all foreign jurisdictions, powers, superiorities, and authorities and do promise that from hence forth I shall bear faith and true allegiance to the King's Majesty, his heirs, and lawful successors, and to my power shall assist and defend all rights, jurisdictions, prerogatives, privileges, pre-eminences, and authorities belonging to the King's Majesty, his heirs, and lawful successors; and I further affirm and swear by this my solemn oath, that I judge it unlawful for subjects, upon pretence of Reformation, or any pretence whatsoever, to enter into Covenants or Leagues, or to convoke, convene, or assemble in any councils, conventions, or Assemblies, to treat, consult, or determine in any matter of State civil or ecclesiastical, without his Majesty's special command or express license had thereunto, or to take up arms against the King or those commissioned by him; and that I shall never so rise in arms, or enter into such Covenants or Assemblies, and that there lies no obligation on me from the National Covenant or the Solemn League and Covenant (so commonly called) or any other manner of way whatsomever, to endeavour any change or alteration in the Government either in Church or State, as it is now established by the laws of the Kingdom. And I promise and swear that I shall, with my utmost power, defend, assist, and maintain his Majesty’s jurisdiction foresaid against all deadly; and I shall never decline his Majesty's power and jurisdiction as I shall answer to God. And, finally I affirm and swear that this my solemn oath is given in the plain genuine sense and meaning of the words, without any equivocation, mental reservation, or any manner of evasion whatsomever, and that I shall not accept or use any dispensation from any creature whatsomever. So help me, God.