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Vol. II. 4. The Strength and Defense, the Hoir nour and Safety, which we reap from our
Country; and this too seems to be infiV. 3. nuated, Jerusalem is builded as a City that is compact together. And,
5. Whatever other Advantages do peculiarly belong to our Jerusalem, to our Country; such are the Fruitfulness of our Soil, the Abundance and Valuableness of our native Commodities, the Convenience of our Situation for Trade and Safe
the mild and healthy Temperature of our Air, the agreeable and useful Mixture of Hills, Vales, Woods and Rivers.
Shall I insist upon these Things ? Sure I need not. Have we any where dearer Friends or nearer Relations? Can there be better Laws, or a more excellent Religion, a more fruitful Land, or more desirable Constitution? Can we propound any
where to our felves better or more Conveniencies for this World, or better Means for the Attainment of another? Certainly we cannot. But I need not enlarge upon these Topicks, the Love of our Country is so natural, so avow'd a Duty, that I believe there is no Man bur will look upon it-as the fouleft Reproach and highest Injury to charge him with want of it. The Good of our Country, which is nothing else in another Expressi
on but the Publick Good or Common- Serm. wealth, is the supream Reason of all IV. Laws, the great End of Magistracy, then Thing which all Parties and Factions pretend a Zeal for, and all who are to act any Part upon the publick Stage make use of it to screen or varnish their private Interest and Passions. In a word, 'tis the only. Thing which ever has been thought worthy to be defended by our Fortunes and by our Blood: nor was ever any Motive thought of greater Force to prevail with Men resolutely to encounter Danger and Death than that which foab made use of to Abishai when they were to fight the Syrians and Ammonites, Be of 2 Sam. I, good Courage, and let us play the Men för 12. our People, and for the Cities of our God: and the Lord do that which seemeth him good.
But to conclude this Head, no Man doubts whether he ought to love his Country; but the Difficulty is, amongst so many Pretenders, to determine who really do so : And yet methinks this should not be so hard a Matter to resolve. Can they love their Country, who are by their Vices daily increasing the Guilt of it, i. e, kindling the Wrath of God against it, and pulling down Judgments upon it? Can they love their Country who by sowing and cherishing ground
Vol. II. less Fears and unreasonable Passions,' law bour to divide us one against another,
and to make and keep up Parties and Factions? This certainly tends to the Destruction of our Country; for Division does always diminish our Strength at Home and our Reputation Abroad. Can they love their Country, who endeavour by Falshoods and Mifrepresentations to alienate and disaffect the Subject towards the Queen and her Ministry? This certainly tends to breed Changes and Alterations, and to disturb the Counsels and clog tle Undertakings of our Governors by Perplexities and Difficulties. Can thicy love their Coun:ry, who eagerly elpouse Principles which tend to subvert our Constitution, our Religion and Laws, and desire fuch à Revolution as would unavoidably, end in this? Finally, Can they love their Country, who are pleas'd (if there be any such) at the Success of our Enemies, and troubled at our own; who are perpetually aggravating every Misfortune that befals us, and diminishing the Wisdom and Honour of our Counsels and Actions, and the Advantages that flow from them ? Such as these may pretend what they will, ånd they may think what they will, they are influenced by Interest and Passion, not
the Love of their Country. A true Lover Serm, of his Country must love God, and IX. love our Conftitution; he'mußt be zealous for Our Religion and our Laws; he must promote our Concord and Unity he must be tender of the Honour of the Queen, and those employd by her ; he muft seek the Good of the whole, not of a Party; he must rejoice in our good Success, and patiently bear our bad: And to close this Head, I inay boldly affirm, that whatever Principles tempt Men'to desire, design, or act contrary to this
, are contrary to the Düry which we owe our Country; and consequently must be false, foolish, and pernicious.
Having thus asserted our Obligation to the Duty in my Text, i.e. the Love of our Country, I proceed now to that which naturally follows from hence namely, - II. That every Man ought, as much as in him ljes, to promote the Peace of his Country , Pray for the Peace of Jerufalem, Prayer is indeed the way here prescrib'd for the obtaining the Peace of our Country, but I have laid down my Proposition in general Terms, Prayer does imply all other lawful Means
se because and Endeavours. Prayer does import onr Dependance upon God in the Use of
is so far from excluding War here, that it
. Because we aim at nothing by our Arms bup an hanourable and lasting
Secondly, Because fuch a Peace is in Human Judgment no other way to be attain’d than by God's Blessing upon our Arms,
First, I say, because we aim at nothing but Peace. God has bleffed us with that Plenty, and such a Government, that we have nothing to desirs, nothing to covet further : There's nothing in the Condition of any of our Neighbours that can deserve our Envy, nor in our own that can be just Matter of Complaint or Disfatisfaction; all therefore that we aim at is to continue what we are, to be able to call what we have our own, and quietly to enjoy the Blessings God has conferr'd