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VIII.

A Prince, less solicitous for the Good serm. of Religion, though intent on such a Work, would yet have deferr'd it, till the Expensive War, wherein we are engag'd, was brought to a Close. But the Compassion, and Godly Zeal of our Gracious Sovereign would not be check'd by this Consideration : The Love of doing Good overcame all the Difficulties, which lay in the Way towards doing it. She

thought, That, to Consecrate One Part e of Her Revenue to so Pious an Use,

would draw a Blessing on the Management of all the other Branches of it;

That the Cruise of Oil would not fail ever t the fooner, for bestowing a Portion of it

on a Prophet, or any of the Sons of the 1 Prophets ; That the Earnest Prayers of

Those, whom she thus reliev'd would

be as Serviceable to Her in this War, e as the Income it self; and that Her į Charity would, in the Expressions 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, surely, the Unanimous and Early Dispatch of the Supplies, the Present Height of Publick Credit, and the Eagerness with which all her Subjects press 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 serves, and imitates, extend her Life and Reign beyond the Ordinary Term of either ; and Crown every Year of them with new Instances of his Goodness to Her, and to these Kingdoms!

Now, unto the King Eternal, Immortal,

Invisible, the only Wise God, be Ho nour, and Glory, for ever and ever! Amen.

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Doing as aere would be Done unto,

Explain'd in a
SE R M O N,

Preach'd before Her
MAJESTY,

At St. FAMES's CHAPEL,
On Sunday, Novemb. 5. 1704.

ye even

St. Matth. vii. 12.
All things, wbatsoever we would that
Men Should do unto you,

do
so to them; for this is the Law and
the Propbets.

HE Sentence, I have read unto sERM.
you, is very fitly plac’d towards IX.

the Close of our Saviour's admirable Sermon on the Mount; as being, in

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great

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great measure, the Epitome and Sum of
what the Divine Preacher had there ex..
press’d more at large. Nor is it less 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 mer-
cilefs Men, who feem to have out-done
all their Predecessors and Successors in
Wickedness, by a Notorious Contempt
of this great Evangelical Rule, and of all
the Principles of common Humanity. The
Practice of those Conspirators was the per-
fect Reverse of this Precept;and we cannot,
therefore, better be taught, or incited to
detest the one, than by a due Illustra-
tion and Enforcement of the other. This
I shall attempt, by offering to your
'Thoughts some Considerations, First,
on the Rule here laid down; All things,
whatsocver ye would that Men should do unto
you, do ye even so to them; and, then, on
the fhort, but full Encomium, bestow'd
upon it, that it is the Law and the Pro-
phets : Which shall be follow'd by some
Inferences, naturally arising from the

whole;

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

As to the Rule it felf, we may

distinctly consider the just Extent and Bounds of it, the Realon of its Preferableness to all other Rules, in Point of Evidence and Conviction, the manifest Equity and Exactness, the peculiar Pro. perties and Advantages of it.

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All things, whatsoever ye would that Men should do unto you,

do

ye even fo to them! Words of great force and energy; and yet, the most simple, plain, and perspicuous that can be! And which therefore Commentators do (as they too often do) obscure and perplex, by a pretence of Explaining. The only possible Doubt is, concerning the Extent of the Matter contain'd in them: For it must be allow'd, that there are many Cases, wherein we are by no means oblig'd to grant that to others, which we our selyes per

haps

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