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We do not make War for Em- Serm. pire, or for Glory, but for the just and ne- IX. cessary Defense of our Rights and Laws, our Fortunes and Lives, against the boundless Vanity, the restless, infatiable, and bloody Ambition of the French Mo narch. Our Queen, blessed be God, is too tender, too just, too good, to disturb and plague the World thorough Pride and Ambition, to build her Glory on Slaughters and Devastations, or to extend her Empire by the Loss and Consumption of her Şubjects: She is, in a word, incapable of taking Pleafure in the Distreffes of Widows and Orphans, in the Destruction of Countries, and Carnage and Ravage of Mankind; even Success would bring no Joy along with it, if Necesīty and Justice did not excuse and defend the Evils of War. Our End then is just and good; 'tis the Peace and Liberty of Europe, and our own, that we contend for ; 'tis Self-Defense.

against those who have been train'd up in destructive Principles, whose whole Design is Invasion and Ufurpation, who are never happy and at Reft but when they make others miserable, and think their own Liberty and Greatness consists in nothing but oppressing and enslaving others,

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cond place, there appears no way of artaining it but by War. To whát Purfervid to no End but to render us more fervid to 'caties, which have hitherto. liable to Injuries, and our Enemies more able and forward to do them? What Ties shall hold Men that have fo often broke thro-Honour and Conscience ? What Guaranty can be good against one who has fa long defy'd the united Forces' of so many Princès and States?. In a word, we have to do with an Enemy that will never want the Will to do Mif chief till he'wants the Power, and therefore our Peace can never be lafting till he is not in a Condition to disturb it. We have, thirough the Blessing of God, made some happy Advances towards the reducing him to this Condition, but there is much behind, and very various and uncertain are the Chances of War. The Power of France has been long building up, and is not folloon demolish'd. This mighry Tree,Ito allude to the Vi fion in Daniel, has many and large Branches, which are not to be lopp'd off at a Stroke or two. We may foon lose the Advantages we have gotten by Presumption or Division , Negligence or Remifness, and Contempt of the Enemy, and

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Success is very apt to incline us to the Serm. one, and a Confederacy made up of very IX, different Bodies and Interests is very much expos'd to the other, On the 6 ther hand, the Enemy may soon retrieve by Diligence, Caution, Unity, Patience and Resolution, what he has lost by Confidence and Vanity; and the Posture of their Affairs - naturally tends to produce this Deportment,

It is evident then that we have reafon to continue our Prayers to God, that he may continue his Blessing upon our Counsels and Arms; and certainly we can't have the Confidence to pray to him for new Victories and new Successes, without blessing and prailing him with joyful and grateful Hearts for those he has already given us. And if we act rationally, we must joyn Reformation of Life and Obedience to the Divine Will with our Thanks and Praises, for otherwise we affront and renounce God by our Actions, whilst we praise him with our Lips, and impudently pretend 'to grateful Hearts while we lead ungrateful Lives. Thus much of the Second Proposition, That it is the Duty of every Man to seek the Peace of his Country, and that praying for a Blessing upon our Arms is in our Case the true sense of praying

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III. Third and last thing laid down from my Text, That our own Prosperity, our own Happiness, is the natural result of this Deportment; they shall prosper that love thee. That every Man's particular Good is included in the Welfare of the whole, every Man's private Interest in the Success of the Publick is what I need not prove to you. These are self-evident Truths; I hope there are none that have entertain’d any other Thoughts : I hope there are none who can flatter themselves with the Hopes of Honour or Advancement from the Disturbance, Change, or Overthrow of our present State, If I thought there were, it were easy for me to Thew, First, That no such Revolution can befal us without the Subversion of Church and State, without the Overthrow of our Religion, Laws and Liberties. Secondly, That should God ever for our Ingratitude fuffer such a Judgment to bęfal us, not only the Lovers, but Ene-> mies of our present Settlement, must first, or last suffer under that Ruin which would crush the whole Nation. But, blessed be God, we have more pleasing Arguments to make use of, were there need; for 'tis easy to observe,

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ift, That our Conftitution is so juft Sermi. and reasonable, fo apparently conducing IX. to the Good of the whole Community, m that it is not easy to be overthrown. It is hard to imagine that ever the Bulk of the Nation should be so mad as to prefer Tyranny before a legal Monarchy, Slavery before Liberty, or to be willing to facrifice our Constitution and Laws to the Lusts and Passions of any Man whatever. It is not easy to imagine, that a Nation so instructed and enlighten das this has now been for many Years, should ever be fo deluded as to be willing to quit the Gospel for a blind and cruel Superstition.

2dly, As this Cause; I mean the true Interest of our Religion and Government, is not likely to want Hearts and Hands at Home, fo, blessed be God, 'tis not likely to want Friends and Supports Abroad. Protestancy and 'Liberty is a very general and important Cause, and it can never be attack'd in any Nation, but several others will soon take the Alarm. We have at this Day given Proof enqugh of what Weight England is in the Scales of Europe, how much it can contribute to maintain or recover the Ballance of Pow: er; and therefore we can never be undermind or assaulted, but that several

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