Thomas Brooks, 1670, London’s Lamentations, The Epistle Dedicatory:
Sir, as it is the honor and glory of a magistrate to do justice speedily, so it is the honor and glory of a magistrate to do justice resolutely, courageously, valiantly. It is observable that as soon as ever Joshua came into the office of magistracy, God charges him no less than three times, in a breath as it were—to be very courageous, Josh. 1:6-7, 9. A magistrate who is timorous, will quickly be treacherous. A magistrate who is fearful, can never be faithful. Solomon’s throne was supported with lions, to show that magistrates should be men of mettle and courage. The Athenian judges sat on Mars’ Hill, Acts 17:22, to show that they had martial hearts, and that they were men of courage and mettle. The Grecians placed justice between Leo and Libra, to signify that as there must be indifference in determining, so there ought to be courage in executing. Where there is courage without knowledge, there the eye of justice is blind; and where there is knowledge without courage, there the sword of justice is blunt. A magistrate’s heart, a judge’s heart and his robes must be both dyed in grain, else the color of the one and the courage of the other will quickly fade. Why should not the standard be of steel, and the chief posts of the house be heart of oak?