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great name's sake, be the principle of such actions, howso.
To run through all the particulars of the psalm, or draw
King George the second ; howsoever pleasing and profitable . it might be at any other time, would, at this juncture, prove, if not an ir kome,' yet' an unreasonable undertaking."
Theoċċafiðn of the late folemnity, I mean the suppression of a most horrid and unnatural rebellion, will afford more than sufficient matter for a discourse of this nature, and furnith us with abundant motives to love and obey that glorious Jehovah, who giveth salvation unto kings, and delivers his people from the hurtful sword.
Need I'také an ápology, before this auditory, if, in order to see the greatness of our late deliverance, I should remind you of the many unspeakable blessings which we have for a courfe of years enjoyed, during the reign of his present Majesty, and the gentle, mild administration under which we live? Without justly incurring the censure of giving Aattering titles, I believe all who have eyes to see, and ears to hear, and aft buelli che acquainted with our public affairs, must acknowledge that we have one of the best of Kings. It is, o now Bove' hineteen years' lince he began to reign over us. And yet, wall the feated on a royal throne, and were all his subjects placed before him, was he to address them as Samuel, once audrelled the Israllide's, 16**Behöld here I am, old and grey-headed,' 'withers'Hgaffitime before the LORD, whose oxin have leaked ?" Or whose áss háve Itäken? Or whom have I defraided ? Whoshi Have I opprefied ?". They must, if they would 'Point járéite, make the same answer as was given to Samuel, c'Thod Haft not defrauded "us, nor oppressed us.” What Tertullus,' by way of Battery, laid to Felix, may, with the itrietest juftica' be applied to 'our Tovereign, “By thee we g enjoy great quietness, and very worthy deeds have been done, unto our nation by thy jrovidence." "He has been indeed Pater Patria, a father to our country, and though old and y grey-headed," has jeoparded his precious life for us in the ma high places of the field." Nor has he lefs deserved" the great and glorious title, which the LORD promises, that kings thould sustain in the latter days, I mean, “a nursing father of the church.” For not only the Church of England, as by law established, but all denominations of christians whatíoever, have enjoyed their religious as well as civil liberties. As there has been no authorized oppression in the face, so there Vol. V.
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has beeit no publiciy allowed persecution in the church. We breathe indeed in free air ? as free (if not freer) both as to tempurals and spirituals, as any nation under heaven. Nor is the prospect likely to terminate in his majesty's death, which I pray God to defer. Our princesses are disposed of to proteltant powers. And we have great reason to be assured, that the present heir apparent, and his confort, are like minded with their royal father. And I cannot help thinking, that it is a peculiar blessing vouchsafed us by the King of kings, that his present Majesty has been continued so long among us. For now, his immediate successor (though his present situation obliges him, as it were, to lie dormant) has great and glorious opportunities, which we have reason to think he daily improves, of observing and weighing the national affairs, confidering the various steps and turns of government, and consequently of laying in a large fund of experience, to make him a wise and great prince, if ever God should call him to sway the British sceptre. Happy art thou, O England! Happy art thou, O America, who on every fide art thus highly favoured!
But, alas ! how foon would this happy scene have shifted, and a melancholy gloomy prospect have succeeded in its room, had the rebels gained their point, and a popish abjured pretender been forced upon the British throne! For, fuppofing his birth not to be spurious, (as we have great reason to think it really was) what could we expect from one, descended from a father, who, when Duke of York, put all Scotland into confusion; and afterwards, when crowned King of England, for his arbritrary and tyrannical government, both in church and ftate, was justly obliged to abdicate the throne, by the allertors of British liberty ? Or, fuppofing the horrid plot, first hatched in hell, and afterwards nursed at Rome, had taken place; supposing, I say, the old Pretender should have obtained the triple crown, and have transferred his pretended title (as it is reported he has done) to his eldest son, what was all this for, but that, by being advanced to the popedom, he might rule both son and subjects with less controul, and by their united intereft, keep the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, in greater vassallage to the fee of Rome? · Ever fince this unnatural rebellion broke out, I have looked
opon the young Pretender as the phaeton of the present age. He is ambitiously and presumptuously aiming to seat himself in the throne of our rightful' sovereign King George, which he is no more capable of keeping, than Phaeton was to guide the chariot of the fun; and had he succeeded in his attempt, like him, 'would only have set the world on fire. It is true, to do him juftice, he has deserved well of the Church of Rome, and, in all probability, will hereafter be canonized amongst the noble order of their fictitious faints. But, with what an iron rod we might expect to have been bruised, had his troops been victorious, may easily be gathered from those cruel orders said to be found in the pockets of some of his officers, “ Give no quarters to the Elector's troops." Add to this, that there was great reason to suspect, that; upon the firft news of the success of the rebels, a general mafsacre was intended. So that if the Lord had not been on our side, Great Britain, not to say America, would, in a few weeks or months, have been an Aceldama, a field of blood.
Besides, was a Popish Pretender to rule over us, instead of being represented by a free parliament, and governed by laws made by their consent, as we now are; we should shortly have had only the fhadow of one, and it may be, no parliament at all. This is the native product of a Popis government, and what the unhappy family, from which this young adventurer pretends he descended, has always aimed ato Arbitrary principles he has fucked in with his mother's milk, and if he had been so honest, instead of that immature thotto upon his standard, Tandem triumphans, only to have put, Stet pro ratione voluntas, he had given us a short, but true portrait of the nature of his intended, but blessed be God, now defeated reign. And why should I mention, that the sinking of the national debt, or rending away the funded property of the people, and the diffolution of the present happy union between the two kingdoms; would have been the immediate consequences of his success, as he himself declares in his second manifesto, dated from Holy-rood House? These are evils, and great ones too; but then they are only evils of a temporary nature. They chiefly concern the body, and must nécessarily terminate in the grave.
But, But, alas ! what an inundation of spiritual mischiefs, would foon have overflowed the Church, and what unspeakable danger should we and our pofterity, have been reduced to in respect to our better parts, our precious and immortal souls ? How soon would whole swarms of monks, dominicans and friars, like so many locusts, have overspread and plagued the nation ; with what winged speed would foreign titular bishops have posted over, in order to take possession of their respective fees? How quickly would our universities have been filled with youths who have been sent abroad by their Popis parents, in order to drink in all the superftitions of the church of Rome? What a speedy period would have been put to societies of all kinds, for promoting christian know, ledge, and propagating the gospel in foreign parts ? How soon would our pulpits have every where been filled with these old antichriftian doctrines, free-will, meriting by works, transubstantiation, purgatory, works of supererogation, paffiveobedience, non-resistance, and all the other abominations of the whore of Babylon? How soon would our proteftant charity schools in England, Scotland and Ireland, have been pulled down, our Bibles forcibly taken from us, and ignorance every where set up as the mother of devotion ? How foon should we have been deprived of that invaluable blessing, Jiberty of conscience, and been obliged to commence (what they falsely call) catholicks, or submit to all the tortures which a bigoted zeal, guided by the most cruel principles, could possibly invent? How soon would that mother of harlots have made herself once more drunk with the blood of the saints ? And the whole tribe even of free-thinkers themfelves, been brought to this dilemma, either to die martyrs for, (although I never yet heard of one that did so) or, contrary to all their most avowed principles, renounce their great Diana, unassisted, unenlightened reason? But I must have done, left while I am speaking against antichrist, I should unawares fall myself, and lead my hearers into an antichristian Spirit. True and undefiled religion will regulate our zeal, and teach us to treat even the man of sin with no harsher language than that which the angel gaye to his grand employer Satan, “ The Lord rebuke thee.”