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Of all the civil constitutions under heaven, the British is demonstrably the best. It has been long tried, and stood the rudest tests; the lapse of ages tends only to invigorate and render it more effective. It is, through its excellence, under the Almighty, that an inconsiderable island has acquired the resources, energy, and strength of the mightiest continental empire. It is the object of God's peculiar care ; because it is most like his own administration.* It is an honor to be born under it, a happiness to live under it, and a glory to defend and support it. It is like that mighty tree described by the prophet, widely diffused in its roots, and vast in its stem. Its branches are spread over all the earth, and under them, fowl of every wing find shelter. It is the envy of the nations of the world, and should be the boast of its own sons-God alone can overthrow it, but he will not destroy the work of his own hands. It is the nursery of every thing pure in religion, sound in policy, good in law, wise in counsel, deep in learning, and subliine
* See a loyal, ingenious, and learned Lecture on the Origin and End of Civil Government, by Adam Clarke, LL.D.
in science, and, let its enemies know it, resistless, in might. Britons, value your privileges, guard your constitution, and protect your king; add the sensibilities of love, to the duties of loyalty, and pray with fervent supplication, that his remaining course may be like that of the summer sun, when he sets at last, slowly and serenely in the west, amid the blessings of a grateful world.
ON THE LORD'S SUPPER.
This do in remembrance of me. Luke xxii. 19.
Toe foundation of all religion, is the love and fear of God. His will is the rule of our conduct; it is generally evident from the nature of his laws, that they are holy and intended for our benefit. It is always to be concluded that they are so, from the consideration of his purity, wisdom, and goodness. But whatever we may know concerning them, they demand our obedience. He is the fountain and the measure of truth and good. He is the sovereign lawgiver. The perfection and happiness of his reasonable creatures, depend upon their conformity to his will.
Our holy religion, by its doctrines and precepts, marks out to us, one plain line of duty, it presents it more largely to our view
and impresses it more forcibly upon our minds by its sacraments, leading us by these visible signs, and affecting ceremonies, from the font to the altar, from the altar to the grave.
We may discern, that the celebration of the holy communion, is conducive to our welfare. It is an act of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ; it is an act of obedience to his commands ; it is an act of worship offered in the manner prescribed by him ; it is a renewal of our baptismal profession and promise. All these religious acts improve the heart, disposing it to perseverance, and leading it to perfection in righteousness.
This sacrament is a lively representation of the most affecting instance of the love of God to man. It has therefore a peculiar tendency to cherish and confirm our reverential gratitude, our humble confidence in his mercy, our trust in his promises, and our desire to please him.
The Lord's supper was appointed by the divine author of our salvation, for the communication of his spiritual blessings. It is like the waters of Jordan to the afflicted Syrian ; it is a means of giving health and vigour to a degenerate nature. God grants his benefits, temporal and spiritual, by the chosen methods of his providence. He hath not given us the necessaries and conveniencies of the present life, without the concurrence of our art and labour. We know, instructed by the experience of ages, that the wheat and the barley will not spring, where it has not been sown ; and that the tree which is not duly planted, and fostered, will die, or not bear the desired fruit. And why? because God in his good pleasure hath so ordained. He might have made the bread corn, and the fruit tree to grow of itself, as he does the grass of the meadow, and the trees of the forest; he might have provided for all men, as he did for the Israelites, and fed them with the bread of heaven. But he has taught us to raise this sustenance and comfort for ourourselves. He has caused life and the satisfactions of it, to depend upon our prudence and activity. He shews us by the course of nature, the means of preservation ; and were we to neglect them, the certain consequen