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yerances and Victories, God has appear'd Serm.' lo eminently in 'em, that f hope there XI. are none so irreligious as to doubt whether we are to ascribe them to him. We cannot but acknowledge in the Words of my Text, that we are a People fav’d by the Lord, that he is the Shield of our Help, and the Sword of our Excellency: 'Tis the Lord that gives Courage and Conduct,tlie Lord that gives Victory in Battel; 'tis the Lord that influences the Hearts of Princes and People as he thinks fit, he infatuates and enlightens, unites and divides, emboldens and intimidates, when and where he pleases. Let us then give the Glory of all to God: Not unto us, O Lord, not unto Prál. civ. 1189,
but unto thy Name give Glory, for thy ". Mercy, and for thy Truth's sake. The Horse Prov. xxi. is prepard against the Day of Battel : but 31. Safety, is of the Lord. The Favours and Mercies of God seem to have mark'd us out for his peculiar. People, let us testify that we are so by a Zeal for his Glory, by a Concern for every thing that relates to him, and by a constant regular Obe dience.
I shall draw fome Inferences from what has been said, and so conclude.
1. Let us fet a true Value upon our Blessings. I doubt we are not lo sensible
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are every Man tender enough of our private and particular Interest; but too unconcern'd for the Publick. 'Tis very apparent from our Divisions and Parties, that we are not so follicitous to save and defend a Kingdom, as we are who shall be uppermost in it. Are there not too many that are Enemies to our Liberty and Glory, that murmur at our very Deliverances, that are discontented with Our Success, and defire to bring an intoterable Yoke upon our Necks? As to Religion, I doubt there are too many a.
mongst us that have an Indifference for ... Christianity it felf, and some that have "an Aversion for it. Sure no Age ever produc'd such a Spawn of impudent and blasphemous Libels as this of ours has done; and 'tis certainly Matter of Sorrow and Amazement that fo little or no Care has been taken either to suppress or punish them: This fome call Liberty, but I take it to be Licentioufnefs and Wickedness; and 'tis strange to me that all in Power should not be sensible that what tends to the undermining of Virtue, must finally undermine and blow up Government. I should think, in common Policy, all that are in Place should pay Respect to Religion; and require it from others; because 'tis the Cement of Serm.' Union; the Support of Authority, the XI. only true Principle of Virtue and Magnanimity, of Justice and Honour, without which a Nation cannot be safe, much less prosperous. The Throne is establisb’d Prov. xvi. by Righteousness. Thro' Wisdom is an House --sxiv. 3. buiided, and by Understanding it is establish'd. Righteousness exalteth a Nation: but Sin is
---xiv. 342 a Reproach to any People. The Heathens themselves were ever well satisfied in this; and therefore Tully, who was as Cic. Orat: great a Statesman as Orator, ascrib'd the de Haro
Resp. Greatness of Rome not to their Number, nor to their Courage, but to their Religion. And consult what Histories we will, we shall find that every Nation has funk in its Reputation as it funk in its Morals, and that a general Debauchery has ever been a fatal Prognostick of Ruin.
But I proceed; As tliere are some who are insensible of the Happiness we enjoy by our Government, so there are others who are as insensible of that we do or might reap from our Church. And as there are some who are indifferent to all Religion, so there are others who profess Religion that seem to think it an indiffe rent thing what particular Communion they are of, whether that of the National
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without much Consideration. Is it possible that any one that reads the Gospel can doubt whether it be his. Duty to
maintain Peace and follow after Unity? ** Is it possible that a Chriftian should be
ignorant that Peace and Concord, Cha-
wise Council, an unanimous Parliament, Serm. a General whose Courage and Conduct XI. have render'd him so considerable in the Eves of all Europe as well as ours; nay, we owe Gratitude to all under him, even to the meanest common Soldier. But I cannot endure to turn a Sermon into a Panegyrick, and therefore I'll only tell you, that we are to offer up continual Prayers for the Queen, and all those who have had any Share in her glorious and happy Administration ; that we are to bear patiently and thankfully the Burthens impos’d upon us to support this just and necessary War, till God shall think fit to give us a just and lasting Peace; and that this Day we are to mix Alms with our Praises, and express our Gratitude to God by our Charity to pur Neighbour.
3dly, If all our Felicity be owing to God, 'tis plain that it can continue no longer than he continues to be the Shield of our Help and the Sword of our Excellency. And if we would have him continue to be so, 'tis plain what it behoves us to do, namely, to reform our Lives, to be steady in the Faith, and to make a wise and thankful Use of his Mercies, Our Vices are such, and so epidemical, that I cannot tell whether if God would bear them,