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rnities into his Character, which were never found in his Person; It still remains Evident, and cannot be Denied by any Equal and Impartial Judge of the History, that he Abounded in True Virtue and Religion, and that there was Nothing in his Qualities or Administration, which bore any Proportion to his Sufferings, or can be assigned for a Just Reason of Accounting for them.
But when we Change the Prospect, and an Amazing Change of Prospect it is, from the Beauteous Innocence of the Prince, to the Ghastly state of Iniquities in the People; the Reason of His Fate does Immediately rise in our view. Even Their Deliberate Purposes to Destroy the Lord's Anointed, and their Persisting Resolutely and Immoveably in thofe Purposes, and in the Concerted Measures of carrying them on to Accomplishment and Execution, were Themselves such Horrible Enormities, as might Justly Provoke God to permit the Execution and Accomplishment of them, that so Rebellious a People might fall into the Pit which they had made, and Perish iri
A a '. their their own Folly. And to this it might be added, if there were Room, or Necessity for adding it, and confirming it by an Enumeration of Particulars, That there are not Many of the Fundamental, Essential Principles of the Christian Religion, whether relating to Faith or Practice, but what were, in That Unhappy Time, Rejected, or Perverted and Violated, by Men of One Denomination, or Other. But it may perhaps be no Inconsiderable branch of Compassion towards Them, to Avoid descending into a more Particular Account of Them. And if any one mould be desirous of saying the . Highest things that can be said, of the True Greatness and Firmness of Mind, and Spirit of Goodness, which shone forth Illustriously in our Suffering King: Let it be said, That They were Equal to the Debasement, and Impiety, and Iniquity of the People, which Devised, and Executed those Sufferings upon Him. But the obligations of Duty to God, and to my Country will not suffer me to Close this Discourse, without this Further observation from it; That the most
Useful Useful, and Effectual Evidence, which Faithful Subjects can give, of their Fide lity and Loyalty to the King, and of their Sincere and Ardent Love of their Country, consists in their Sincere and Sedulous Endeavours, as their Various Capacities require or allow them, to Defend and Promote the Honour of God, the Supreme Governour and Judge of Humane Society. For This Consequence seems Necessarily to arise from what hath been said, That the Stability and Glories of the Throne are never to be Intirely Depended on, Unless Virtue and Religion, in Those who stand Below, be the Supporters of it. And it appears, to a Demonstration, in the Hifiory of the Jews, and from the Express Declarations of God's Holy Spirit, that the Prosperity of a Na-. tion does Usually Rise or Fall, in Proportion to the Provisions which it makes for the Security and Propagation of Religion.
That an Universal and Inviolable Concern for God's Honour Demonstrated by Effectual Provisions' for the Preservation and Advancement of our Holy Religion,
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may Ever remain Here, as the Firm and Immoveable Foundation of the Prosperity and Happiness of the Kingdom, God of his Infinite mercy grant, by the Influence of his Holy Spirit upon us, and our Posterity, through Jesus Cbr'tfi^ our Blessed Lord and Saviour. Ameiu
To Father, Son, and Holy Gbofij tbret Persons and One God, be all Honour and Glory, Power and Dormn'ton henceforth and for evermcrt. Amea
A Discourse of Murther.
EXOD. XX. 13.
Thou shalt not kill.
THOSE Natural Impressions and Obligations of Moral Duty, which immediately relate to the Preservation of Humane Life, are, in so Peculiar a manner, Strong guards upon it, that surely it must be a very Powerful Temptation, which is able to break through Them. Other Sins do more easily Prevail over us, because they are Agreable and Pleasing to our Corrupt Inclinations and Dispositions; But, Corrupted as our Nature is, there is something still so shocking to us in the Sin of Murther, that a Man must undergo as much Struggle and A a 3 ~ Self