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SERM. in the Seat of Mercy ; the Safety of a whole Na

XII. tion, and all its Concerns, weighed in the Bal-
m lance against Trifles; and even Popery itself I

painted with Truth, and Meekness, and Love, in
its Face, as an harmless agreeable Thing, wor-
thy to be received with the open Arms of
Friendship, by Those, it would devour.

When these are the Methods of attacking
an Administration, it is a very happy Sign, thato
They, who make use of them, have occasion
heartily to wish it much worse than They find
it; and a very strong Argument to all Good
Subjects, to wish as heartily that their Country
may never know the want of an Administrati-
on, which is not reviled by its Greatest Enemies, :R
unless it be in such a Manner, as to add to its
Reputation and Honour.

What is it, that an Uneasy, Thankless, Generation of Men would have ? Blessed be God, the Publick Efforts of their Malice are once more diffipated. They are conquered in the Field. But their Spirits, and their Tempers, and their Designs, do not at all appear be conquered : If We may judge from their Indefatigable Diligence and Art, in filling the Heads of their Well-wishers, as soon as one Desperate Attempt is over, with Hints and Expectations of Another; and from the Unparalleled Insolence of their Agents and Followers,

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hard, to find present and in effectual Remedies for so great Evils. But this One thing, I am sure, is very plain, and very

proper to be mentioned, that, in order entire: ly and successfully to conquer such Enemies,

We must first conquer Ourselves. Did all, who truly wish well to the present Establishment, unanimously pursue the Same good Ends, there would be no ground for Fear. But whilst the Passions of Well-meaning Men, upon every Trifing and Private Occasion, join themselves with the Dengns of Those, who certainly mean our Ruine; it is this that swells the Current; and that feeds the Insolence and Expectation of the Common Enemy.

But to conclude: If a long Series of Experience can make any Nation wife, We, of all, , Nations in the World, have that Advantage. We are not only made happy; but made happy in those Methods, which cannot but teach Us to value our Happiness; whilft, That which Others learn by Reflexion and Judgment, We have had brought home to Us, by the Sense of Feeling, and Eye-Sight. The Enemies of our Happiness themselves, ought to learn Conviction, from All that this Nation hath been Witness to ; and to become Friends. And for

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SERM. Those, who are truly Friends, in the main

and effential Points of our Happiness ; certainnly it is Time for all of them to think it Wif

dom, to give up even their private Schemes and Notions, as well as their private Resentments and Views, to the Publick Good; and, at length, after so many Viciffitudes of Hope and Fear, so many Struggles between Life and Death, so many Hazards and Dangers escaped, to unite in strengthening, instead of weakening, the Hands of Those, who have it in their Will, as well as in their Trust, to establish Us upon a Foundation never more to be shaken: That so, the Best of King's may have the Best of Subjects; and, Authority and Law, Obedience and Liberty,' may be seen united, in all their Vigour and Glory; and descend down, with the Blessings which accompany them, to all Future Generations. Which God grant, for the Sake of Jesus Christ bis only Son, our Lord!

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Society of Antient Britons, established in
Honour of Her Royal Highness's Birth-day,
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every Man also on the Things of Others.

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HERE are hardly any Words, more S E R M. common in the Mouths of Men, than XIII.

a Public Spirit ; a Regard to the Publio; the Good of the Public; the Love of our Country; and many others of the like Sort: Which are indeed, in their Original Design, but different Expressions for One and the Same Thing. The Great Point is, what thefe

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SERM. Words ought truly to signify; what Temper
XI. and Disposition of Mind; what Practice and
n Conduct of Life, They ought to represent and

design. And, as I think that the great End
of such Societies and Asemblies, as the pre-
sent, is to cultivate that Good Spirit of Love
and Humanity, which may diffuse itself thro'
the whole Tenor of Men's Actions; I have,
upon this Account, thought it proper to chuse
these Words of St. Paul : In which He con-
demns that Vicious Selfishness which teacheth
Us to confine our Views to Ourselves alone,
considered as separated from the Rest of the
World; and, at the fame Time, directs Us to
the contrary good Temper and Disposition, of
a Diffufive Regard to All Mankind around
Us. And I chuse Them, as They will give
Us Occasion to consider, in a more general
Way, than perhaps He at that Time directly
intended, and with a particular View to Hu-
man Society, The true Foundation, Nature,
and Extent, of a Public Spirit; the Bad Di
position, and Vice, opposite to it; the Effeets
in which It will shew itself; and the Motives
there are, to the cherishing and improving it
jn Ourselves.

1. The Foundation of it is laid in that Virtu-
ous Love of Ourselves, which is joined with
the Love of Qthers, united with Us in Human

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