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That God, of his infinite mercy, may estas blish and perpetuate what his own right hand wrought for us in the days of our fathers, at the two. illustrious æras of the Reformation from Popery, and what is juftly styled the Glorious Revolution: That the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified in these lands, as long as the fun and moon endure: That the great truths of the gospel of Christ may be faithfully published, and successfully defended, both against the attacks of open enemies, and the secret artifices of those who lie in wait to deceive: That the ordinances of religion may not only be dispensed in purity, but may be accompanied with power, and rendered effectual for the conviction of finners, and for building up faints in holiness and comfort, through faith unto falvation: That the wickedness of the wicked may come to an end, and the just be established: That the spirit of divition may cease, and that the whole multitude of believers may be of one heart and one foul, « following after the " things which make for peace, and things - whereby one may edify another.” In . : S 3


fine, that our Zion may be a " quiet habie « tation, and a tabernacle that shall not be 46. taken down, none of the ftakes whereof u shall be removed, neither any of the 5 cords broken : that God inay appoint sal

'vation for walls and bulwarks to her, and « be himself the glory in the midtt of her:?? & Clothing her priests with righteousness, <that all her faints may thout aloud for". In thefe, and such particulars, confifteth the good of Zion. « Christ loved his « church, and gave himself for it, that he 6 might fanctify and cleanse it with the

wathing of water by the Word, that he “ might present it to himself a glorious « church, not having spot or wrinkle, or « any such thing, that it might be holy and .“ witliout blemish.” For this end he lived, · and for this end he did;' " That he might

« redeem us from all iniquity, and purify
« unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of
“ good works,”.....!.
522 The other petition contained in the text,
“-build thou the walls of Jerusalem," hath
a reference to the civil state of the Jews as
a commonwealth or kingdom, and is a

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prayer for their national safety and pro{perity.. .:.

This request, like the former, comprehends a great variety of particulars. A

It, will be readily admitted, that a form of government, by which the natural rights of men are most effectually secured, and in which the impartial administration of established laws guards the life, the liberty, and the property of the meanest individual, may, without straining the metaphor, be included in the idea of walls and bulwarks, which contribute at once, to the defence and ornament of a city. With regard to the “ walls or bulwarks” of our civil conftitution, it gives me pleasure to acknowledge, that they are not only entire, but in several respects more fair, and durable than those of any other nation upon earth. In other lands, the walls of government are built on the surrender of some of the most precious rights of human nature: But in this happy country, we have not bought the protection of government at so dear a çate ; nor is the hard hand of the oppressor either felt or feared by the meanest member S4

of of the community. And must not the heart of that man then be hard and unfeeling, who doth not wish and pray that such an invaluable constitution may be built up, and preserved entire to latest generations ?

But the expression used in the text, calls upon us to look with weeping eyes and forrowful hearts, upon that awful rent in the British empire, which is the immediate óccasion of our meeting together at this time. We have feen a cloud rife out of the west, at first no bigger than a man's hand, but, like that which the Prophet's servant faw, it hath overspread the face of heaven, and carried tempest and defolation in its progress. When I mention this great calamity, I do not mean to fix your attention on it as an object which presents nothing to our view but complicated distress and danger. Much as I disapprove of that Ševity which “ despiseth the chastening of o the Lord," I am yet no friend to that despondency which would make us “ faint “ when we are rebuked of him.” The famë expression in my text, which reminds


us of the alarming breach which we deplore, doth at the same time lead us to look beyond and above it, to him who is able to repair it ; to that God who “ hath the « hearts of all men in his hands, and « turneth them as the rivers of water." With him it is a small matter, not only to fill up the gap which hath separated Great Britain from her American colonies ; but if it seem good in his fight, he can, with infinite ease, make this temporary separa-, tion the occasion and the means of establishing a firm and permanent union: 'an union which neither political artifice, nor selfish ambition, nor the pride of independence, will be able to diffolve. - This is the defirable issue to which our wishes may lawfully direct us, when we pray in the language of the Royal Pfalmift, “. Build thou “ the walls of Jerusalem.”

Having made thefe remarks on the import of David's requests, let us attend, in the

Second place, To the order in which they are placed. He begins with praying for


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