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enjoying our Freedom, we should perish in our Licentiousness; for Liberty does not confist in being free from all Restraints ; if it did, the wild Inhabitants on the Coast of Africa might more justly boast of their Liberty, than we do. Civil Liberty is the Child of the Law, and thrives best under the Guardianship of its Parent; and therefore a juft Prince, as he will most regard the Law, will always be the best Patron of his People's Liberty; such a Prince has no separate Interest from his Country; he
looks upon himself as the Head of the Body; , and if any Member grieves, he suffers with
it : he can never cast an envious Eye upon the Privileges of his People, which he esteems as his own, and values even as the Jewels of his Crown. How happy are the People who are in such a Case; how blessed is the Nation whose Prince feareth God!
For, further, the very Example of such a Ruler has a natural Tendency to promote the Peace and Welfare of the Kingdom. When Virtue shines from the Throne, it warms the Hearts of all below it, and the Advantage of the Station gives it an Influence not to be resisted ; Religion in the Height of Greatness is an amiable Sight,
and the People will insensibly learn to imitate what they cannot help admiring. Would it not teach the haughtiest Mind Humility, to see Majesty itself lie prostrate at the Altar, imploring the Divine Assistance with such a Sense of its Dependence, as is but rarely found in the lowest Fortune ? Must it not shame us into mutual Kindness and Benevolence, when we fee with how uncommon a Love the Princess embraces all her Subjects, even the worst deserving; imitating the Example of Divine Mercy, which makes the Sun to rise both on the Just and on the Unjust? Can the People refuse Submission to such a Prince? Can they scruple to follow the Law as the Rule of their Obedience, which they see their Princess submitting to as the Rule of her Government.
Lastly, There is one Thing more, which comprehends in it all that a Nation can with for, and which always attends the Government of a just Prince; I mean the Blessing and Protection of Heaven. As Kings are the immediate Ministers of God, so are they his immediate Care ; he ruleth both their Hearts and their Hands, and turneth them as seemeth best to his Wisdom. It is easy for him to punish the Wickedness of a Prince
and his People, by making foolish the Wifdom of their wise Men, and only suffering them to choose their own Destruction ; it is as easy to reward the Good, by establishing the Heart of the Prince in Council and in Wisdom, and guiding him insensibly into the Road of Honour and Prosperity. Time would fail me to set before you the Instances of God's Judgments and Mercies. Thofe of the former Sort (blessed be his Name) have no Relation to this Day; and for the latter, you might justly blame me, should I search for foreign or for distant Examples, when our own Country and our own Times furnish us with such ample Materials : This Day, as it is my Subject, so shall it be my Witness also; and I need call no other to · prove the Happiness of a People, whose Prince ruleth in the Fear of God.
The Virtues of the Royal Blood of Britain were never more amiably possessed than now, when the Majesty of the Crown is displayed in the Softness of her Sex who wears it, and seems rather to invite than to command Obedience : so equally are the Graces mixed, that her Authority creates no Terror, her Mildness no Contempt; fo tender is the of the Privileges of her People,
that the Nation must ever praise her; so just to the Rights of the Crown, that her Succeffors will never blame her. Her Reign in every Respect has been so just a Transcript of the Constitution, that Time perhaps may make it doubtful, whether our excellent Constitution were not a Copy drawn from the Example of her Government.
If the State may thus rejoice in the Care of her Princess, the Church has equal Right to boast of her Protection. Our Queen was born within her Pale, and learnt betimes to know and love her : when the Fears of Popery surrounded her, and when every Prospect, wherever she turned her Eyes, was dark and gloomy; when some who wore her Honours, forfook her Cause, and some filently lamented her Condition; in that Day
of her Distress, our Princess misliked her • not, but followed the worst of her Fortunes,
till the Wisdom of Providence has raised her at last to become the Author of her best, to be a nursing Mother to the Church and all her Children.
Whilft Britain has been thus cherished, thus happy at Home, under the Influence of a mild Government, she has not been less glorious abroad, extending her victorious H 2
Arms to every Country, either to protect her Friends, or to subdue her Foes. We had been so long unaccustomed to Success, that it was thought a Conquest not to be fubdued ; a Triumph, to defend ourselves : the British Victory seemed to pine for her ancient Heroes, her Harrys, and her. Edwards, and scarcely lived upon the faded Honours of Crelly Field and Agincourt, till the Genius of this Day arose, and taught her once more to gather fresh Laurels in diftant Countries. To such a Height of Glory has this Female Reign arrived, such Honour and such Triumphs has it brought our Naition, that should any future King prove unfortunate, Britain perhaps, grown superstitious upon the Successes of her Queen, will with, He had been a Woman.
But great as these Successes were, yet still they brought a Grief with them, which easily found its Way to a compassionate Heart: the Queen could not hear of Victory without lamenting the Loss of her brave Countrymen, without pitying even her .conquered Foes; and so tender a Regard has she for Mankind, that notwithstanding all these Honours of the Field, she reckons it the Glory of her Reign, that she has