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A Prince, lefs folicitous for the Good SERM. of Religion, though intent on fuch a Work, would yet have deferr'd it, till the Expenfive War, wherein we are engag'd, was brought to a Clofe. But the Compaffion, and Godly Zeal of our Gracious Sovereign would not be check'd by this Confideration: The Love of doing Good overcame all the Difficulties, which lay in the Way towards doing it. She 5 thought, That, to Confecrate One Part of Her Revenue to fo Pious an Ufe, would draw a Bleffing on the Manage} ment of all the other Branches of it; } That the Cruise of Oil would not fail ever F the fooner, for bestowing a Portion of it S on a Prophet, or any of the Sons of the Prophets; That the Earnest Prayers of Those, whom She thus reliev'd would ( be as Serviceable to Her in this War, as the Income it felf; and that Her Charity would, in the Expreffions of the Son of Syrach, Fight for her against her Ecclus. Enemies better than a Mighty Spear and a Strong Shield.


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And, furely, the Unanimous and Early Dispatch of the Supplies, the Prefent Height of Publick Credit, and the Eagerness with which all her Subjects prefs to fill Her Coffers with their Loans, are not Signs, that She hath by any Act of Misapply'd Bounty hitherto loft Ground, either in the Favour of Heaven, or in the Affection, and Esteem of Her People.

May that God, whom She thus ferves, and imitates, extend her Life and Reign beyond the Ordinary Term of either; and Crown every Year of them with new Inftances of his Goodness to Her, and to these Kingdoms!


Now, unto the King Eternal, Immortal,
Invifible, the only Wife God, be Ho-
nour, and Glory, for ever and ever!


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The RULE of

& Doing as we would be Done unto,

Explain❜d in a


Preach'd before Her


On Sunday, Novemb. 5. 1704.

St. MATTH. vii. 12.

All things, whatsoever ye would that
Men fhould do unto you, do ye even
fo to them; for this is the Law and
the Prophets.


HE Sentence, I have read unto SERM. you, is very fitly plac'd towards the Close of our Saviour's admirable Sermon on the Mount; as being, in

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SER M. great meafure, the Epitome and Sum of what the Divine Preacher had there ex.. prefs'd more at large. Nor is it lefs fitly order'd to be recited at the Holy Table, in the most Solemn part of the Service of this Day; on which we meet annually to Commemorate our Deliverance from the Attempts of those bloody and mercilefs Men, who feem to have out-done all their Predeceffors and Succeffors in Wickedness, by a Notorious Contempt of this great Evangelical Rule, and of all the Principles of common Humanity. The Practice of thofe Confpirators was the perfect Reverse of this Precept; and we cannot, therefore, better be taught, or incited to deteft the one, than by a due Illuftration and Enforcement of the other. This I fhall attempt, by offering to your Thoughts fome Confiderations, Firft, on the Rule here laid down; All things, whatsoever ye would that Men fhould do unto you, do ye even fo to them; and, then, on the fhort, but full Encomium, bestow'd upon it, that it is the Law and the Prophets: Which fhall be follow'd by fome Inferences, naturally arifing from the




whole; and the General Reflections ad- SERM.
vanc'd (tho' they may all along easily
be understood to refer, yet) fhall after-
wards be particularly apply'd, to the
Subject of this Day's Solemnity.

As to the Rule it felf, we may diftinctly confider the juft Extent and Bounds of it, the Reason of its Preferableness to all other Rules, in Point of Evidence and Conviction, the manifest Equity and Exactness, the peculiar Properties and Advantages of it.

All things, whatfoever ye would that Men fhould do unto you, do ye even fo to them! Words of great force and energy; and yet, the most fimple, plain, and perfpicuous that can be! And which therefore Commentators do (as they too often do) obfcure and perplex, by a pretence of Explaining. The only poffible Doubt is, concerning the Extent of the Matter contain'd in them: For it must be allow'd, that there are many Cafes, wherein we are by no means oblig'd to grant that to others, which we our felves perX 4


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