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They will see that there was a rich harvest of glory, and an opportunity afforded for the greatest achievements, but that men only were wanting for the execution; while they were not wanting who could rightly counsel, exhort, infpire, and bind an unfading wreath of praise round the brows of the illuftrious actors in fo glorious a fcene.
fuperftitions, your outrages, your rapine and your lufts. Unless you will fpare no pains to effect this, you must be judged unfit, both by God and mankind, to be entrusted with the poffeffion of liberty and the administration of the government; but will rather, like a nation in a state of pupillage, want fome active and courageous guardian to undertake the management, of your affairs. With respect to myfelf, whatever turn things may take, I thought that my exertions on the prefent occafion would be ferviceable to my country, and, as they have been cheerfully bestowed, I hope that they have not been bestowed in vain. And I have not circumfcribed my defence of liberty within any petty circle around me, but have made it fo general and comprehenfive, that the juftice and the reasonableness of fuch uncommon occurrences explained and defended, both among our my countrymen and among foreigners, and which all good men cannot but approve, may ferve to exalt the glory of my country, and to excite the imitation of pofterity. If the conclufion do not answer to the beginning, that is their concern; I have delivered my testimony, I would almost fay, have erected a monument, that will not readily be deftroyed, to the reality of those fingular and mighty achievements, which were above all praise. As the Epic Poet, who adheres at all to the rules of that fpecies of compofition, does not profefs to describe the whole life of the hero whom he celebrates, but only some particular action of his life as the refentment of Achilles at Troy, the return of Ulyffes, or the coming of Æneas into Italy; fo it will be fufficient, either for my juftification or apology, that I have heroically celebrated at leaft one exploit of my countrymen; I pafs by the rest, for who could recite the achievements of a whole people? If after such a display of courage and of vigour, you basely relinquish the path of virtue, if you do any thing unworthy of yourselves, pofterity will fit in judgment on your conduct. They will fee that the foundations were well laid; that the beginning (nay it was more than a beginning) was glorious; but, with deep emotions of concern will they regret, that those were wanting who might have completed the ftructure. They will lament that perfeverance was not conjoined with fuch exertions and fuch virtues.
They will fee that there was a rich harvest of glory, and an opportunity afforded for the greatest achievements, but that men only were wanting for the execution; while they were not wanting who could rightly counsel, exhort, infpire, and bind an unfading wreath of praise round the brows of the illustrious actors in fo glorious a scene.
IN THE SIX VOLUMES.
The Letters refer to the Volumes; the Figures to the Pages of each.
AARON, his priesthood no pattern to ground epifcopacy on,
Vol. i. 92.
Abimelech, Remarks on the manner of his death, iii. 158. Abraham, commanded by God to fend away his irreligious wife,
i. 363. His paying tithes to Melchifedec, no authority for our paying them now, iii. 357, 368, 383.
Abramites, allege the example of the ancient fathers for image
worship, i. 74.
Accidence, Reafons for joining it and grammar together, iii. 441. Acworth, Univerfity-Orator, the memory of Bucer and Fagius
celebrated by him, ii. 66. Adam, left free to choose, i. 305. ii. 119. His alliance with Eve, fince, 133. Adda, fucceeds his father Ida in the kingdom of Bernicia, iv. IIQ. Adminius, fon of Cunobeline, banifhed his country, flees to the em
peror Caligula, and ftirs him up against it, iv. 41.
Adultery, not the only reafon for divorce, according to the law of Mofes, i, 345. Not the greatest breach of matrimony, 367. Punished with death, by the Law, ii. 199. Our Saviour's fen-tence relating to it, explained, 204. Eduans, in Burgundy, employ the Britons to build their temples and public edifices, iv. 72. VOL. VI.
Created in the image of God, nearer than that of any couple