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To the most High and Mighty Prince, J A M E S, by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of_the Faich^ Cc.
The Trcmjlators of the Bible wljh Grace, Mercyy and Peace, through Jesiu Christ our Lord.
GKeat and manifold were the blessings (most dread Sovereign) which Almighty God, the Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when first he sent Your Majesties Royal Person to rule and reign -over ut. For whereas it was the expectation of many, who wished not well unto our Sion, that upon the setting of that bright Occidental Star, Queen Elizaberh of most happy memory, some thick and palpable clouds of darkness would so have overfoidowcd this land, that men should have been in doubt which way they were to walk; and that it should hardly be known, who was lo direB the unsettled Slate : the appear*ore of your Majesty, as of the Sun in his strength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mills, and gave unto all that were well-affeEted, exceeding cause of comfort, especially when tec beheld the government established in ymr Highness, and your \hopeful feed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied withfeace OWL Jrmrjttil\lity at home and abroad. ...
I But amongst all our joys there was no one that more silled our hearts, than theblessed \continuance of the preaching of God's sacred Word among us ; which is that inestintaWe treasure, which .exceUeth all the rtchesof the earth, because the fruit thereof extend\eih it self, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but direlicih and disposeth men unto thattternal happiness which is above in heaven. .~ I f
Then not to suffer this to fall to the ground, but rather to take it up, and to continue it in that state ,wherein the famous Predecessor of Your Highness did leave it :Nay, to go forward with the confidence and resolution of a man in maintaining the truth of Christy "and propagating it far and near, is that which hath so bound and firmly knit the hearts its all your Majesty's loyal and religious people unto you,that your very name is precious among them, their eye doth behold you with comfort, and they bless you in their hearts, M that sandified person, who under God, is the immediate author of their true happiness. And this their contentment doth not diminish or decay, but every day increaseth and takelh strength, when they observe that the Sf.ol of your Majesty towards the house of God, dothnot flacker go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifesting it self abroad in the farthest parts o/Chriftcndom, by writing in defense of the truth, (mhichhath given such a blow unto that Manes sin, as will not be healed J and every day at home, by religious and learned discourse, by frequenting the house of God, by hearing the Word preached, by cherishing the Teachers thereof, by caring for the Church at a most tender | and loving nursing Father..
j There are infinite arguments of this right Christian and religious ajfcflien'ih your ■ Majesty : bet none is more forcible to declare it to others, than the vehement and per\ pttuated desire of the accomplishing and publijhhg of this work, which now, with all humility we present unto Your Majesty. For when Your Highness had once out ofdeep judgement apprehended how convenient it was, that out of the original sacred tongues, together \with comparing of the labours, both itreur own and other foreign languages, of fftany wor
thymen who went before us, there should be one more ex'aEt Translations'the holy Scrip, litres into the English tongue; your Majesty did never desist to urge and to excite those \ to whom it was commended, that the Work might bebastneof, and that thebusinejs mi*iit be expedited in so decent-it manner, as a matter of such Importance might justly re quire.
And now at last by the mercy if God, and the continuance of our labours, it being brought unto such a conclusion, as that we have great hope that the Cmrch of , England shall reap good fruit thereby j we hold it our duty to offer it to your Majesty, i not only as la our King and Sovereign, but as to the principal Mover and Amber t 'j. the work •" Humbly craving of your most Sacred Majesty, that since things of this UV^rO I*" net bun fubjtd to the censuses of ill-mcining opd discontented pe