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stopped even the Triumph of her Arms, by Peace : and gave the harassed Nations leave to respire.
One Thing only she wants to complete her Happiness, to see her Subjects unite in Love and mutual Confidence; to see those Heats and Animosities buried in Oblivion, which threaten the Peace of our Ifrael. But why do I sully the Glories of this Day, with mention of our Divisions, those Wounds of our Country, at which her best Life flows out, and leaves her fickly in the very Season of her Youth, and whilst all her Honours bloom fresh around her? How earnestly has the Queen commanded, exhorted, entreated, nay even begged of you to forget your Resentments ? And could you but offer up to her the Quarrels of your Country, it would be a more welcome Present, than should you lay the Treasures of both Indies at her Feet.
Thus happy in the Affections of her Queen, Britain must ever think of her with Joy and Pleasure : and yet one Circumstance there is that often gives her Pain, always when she reflects, that her Princess is mortal; witness, her late Distraction, when uncertain Fame variously reported her Princess's
Illness. Not Rome was more dismayed when Hannibal was at her Gates ; every Thing was Fear and Confusion, and Men began to look suspiciously on each other, as if in every Face they had seen a Foe; the Treafury of the City, one would have thought was plundering; and yet no Enemy was near, but Britain in her Disorder was preying on herself.
Blefied be the Power, the Almighty Power, that has dispelled these Fears! Let every Heart be lifted up in Praise to his holy Name, who hath given Life and Salvation to his Servant, and hath not denied the Request of her Lips.
And yet when she requested Life, it was for her Country's Sake, and not her own ; her Mortality is what she oftener and more willingly thinks on than we do; and whenever she does, finds nothing to disturb her Mind, but the Concern for her People, who will be left behind her: a Concern that has more than once been expressed in the most generous Regard to Posterity, by providing for the future Peace and Happiness of these Kingdoms, in the Settlement of the Crown on the ILLUSTRIOUS HOUSE OF HANOVER. A Blessing, for which the Nation
can never be thankful enough. But it raises an Indignation unbecoming this Day, to hear Some pleading their Affection to this happy Settlement, as a Mark and Distinction of their Party; a Settlement, which is undeniably our common Good, and, I trust also, our common Care. But let no Prospect of distant Happiness, how entertaining foever, render us insensible of the present Good we enjoy ; but let every Wish that looks to the Succeffion, center in this point, that we may never see it ; that our Country may never lose it: whilst we live, may this Day return (and whilst it does return, it always will) with fresh Honour: but when we are forgot; when she, who is our Glory, is called to a better Throne, may late Posterity enjoy the Fruits of her Care, in deriving the Crown upon so noble a Family. As long as our Wishes are confined within these Limits, there is no Reason to make a Secret of our Affections to the Protestant Succeffion; it is an Affection which every Lover of his Country ought frankly to proclaim ; which is the proper Way of keeping this common Concern from becoming a Party Cause; and stilling those Fears and Jealoufies, which are destructive of our Peace and Happiness.
May he, who stilleth the raging of the Seas, and the Noise of their Waves, and the Tumult of the People, send us Peace and Concord, and Minds capable of enjoying the Blessings which he has so plentifully showered on us: and to complete our Happiness, may he add Length of Days to our Gracious Sovereign, and continue her to be a Comfort to her People, till she shall as far surpass the oldest of her Predecessors, in Number of Years, as she has already outdone the bravest, in Honour and Glory.
Acts vii. 25. For he supposed his Brethren would have
understood how that God by his Hand would deliver them; but they understood not.
THE Text is part of the dying Speech
1 of St. Stephen, which he delivered to the High Priest and the People, just before he was offered up a glorious Sacrifice for the Truth of the Gospel of Christ. The Design of it was to set before the People of Ifrael the History of their Redemption from Slavery and Idolatry, and to stir them up to attend to the present Offers of Peace through Christ Jesus, by Thewing them the fatal Mistakes they had often made in despising or abusing former Mercies. Mole's