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The unhappy distracted Times to which we are fallen, are very pathetically described and deplored, by a Learned and Pious Divine, as well as a good English Man, the Lord Bishop of St. Afaph, whose Words I Shall make bold to tranfcibe. I have liv’d, says that Worthy Prelate, to see the Illuftria ous Names, of the great Deliverers and Defenders of the Protestant Religion, and of the Constitution of the English Government, very rudely handled, and the great Benefits
. they did this Nation, treated slightly, and contemptuously. I have lived to see our Deliverance from Arbitrary Power, and Popery, traduced and vilified by some, who formerly thought it was their greatest Merit, and made it Part of their Boast and Glory, to have had a little Hand and Share in bringing it about : And others, who, without it, must have lived in Exile, Poverty, and Misery, meanly disclaiming it, and using ill the Glorious Instrument thereof. Whó could expect such a Requital of such Merit ? I have, I own it, an Ambition of exempting my self from the Number of unthankful People. And as I loved and honoured those Great Princes living, and lamented over them when dead, so I would gladly raise them up Monument of Praise, as lasting as any Thing of mine can be and I chufe to do it at this Time, when it is so unfashionable a Thing to speak honourably of them. A year after the Queen's Accession to the Throne, I was able only to promise and presage the future Glories and successes of this Reign, from the good Appearances of Things,
and the happy Turn our Affairs began to take 5 and could not then count up the Victories and Triumphs that, for the Seven years after, made it, in the Prophet's Language, a Name, and a Praise among all the People of the Earth. Never did feven fuch Tears together pass over the Head of any English Monarch, nor cover it with so much Honour. The Crown and Scepter seemed to be the Queen's least Ornaments. Those, other Princes wore in common with Her : And Her great personal Virtues were the same before, and since. But such was the Fame of Her Administration of Affairs at Home ; such was the Reputation of Her Wisdom and Felicity in chusing Ministers; and such was then esteemed their, Faithfulness and Zeal, their Diligence and great 4bilities in executing Her Commands : To such a Height of Military Glory did Her Great General and Her Armies carry the British Name Abroad: Such was the Harmony and Concord betwixt Her and Her Allies : And such was the Blessing of God upon
all Her Counsels and Vndertakings, that I am as sure as Historycan
no Prince of Ours was ever yet so prosperous and successful, so loved, esteemed and honoured, by their Subjects and their Friends, nor near so formidable to their Enemies. We were, as all the World imagined then, just entring on the Ways that promised to lead to such a Peace, as would have answered all the Prayers of our Religious Queen, the Care and Vigilance of a most able Ministry, the Payments of a wil. ling and obedient People, as well as the glorious Toils and Hazards of the Soldiery; when God,
for our Sins, permitted the Spirit of Discord to go forth, and, by troubling fore the Camp, the City, and the Country, (and oh, that it had altogether spared the Places sacréd to his Worfoip!) to spoil, for a Time, this beautiful and pleasing Prospect; and give us, in its Stead, I know not what Our Enemies will tell the Rest with Pleasure.
When thirigs are come to such a lamentable Pass, as is here most emphatically express’d: When the most venerable and most respectable Characters are bespatter'd and vilify?d, not with Impunity only, but with Reward. When the Great HEROE, to whose Valour and Conduct; next under GOD, all the Triumphs and Glories of this Reign are justly to be ascrib’d; when, I say,the Duke of MARLBOROUGH is not only flagitiously Libell’d by abandon'd Hirelings,but ungratefully attack'd, upon frivolous and falle Suggestions, by those very Men who originally owe their present Preferments to his former Favour: It can be no wonder that so Publick-Spirited a PATRIOT as Your LORDSHİP, should be one of the Principal Marks of the Malice and Hatred of a Giddy Faction. Your LORDSHIP has done too much both towards rooting out Popery in Ireland, and securing the Constitution and Protestant Succession in Great Britain, ever to be forgiven by a Cabal, who dare so far to avow their Design of bringing in a Popish Pretender, and with him Arbitrary Power, as to teach their Agents to prepare the Way for it, by acquainting
the World, That he has embrac'd the Feitb of the Church of England. Nor is this altogether improbable: Tho' left he should scruple to come on fast enough, some of our Divines are, it seems, willing to meet him half-way, by making bold Advances towards a Reconciliasion with Rome. But these Sinister Designs can never be brought about, as long as such Patriots as Your LORDSHIP indefatigably watch for the Safety of this Nation; of which the Popillo and Frenchifyd Cabal are so fen. sible that they were lately wonderfully elated upon the Report, which afflicted all good Men, That Your LORDSHIP was among he Dead.May Divine Providence preserve
many, many Years,so valuable a Life as Your LORDSHIP's, for the effectual Disappcintment and Confusion of the Secret and Open Enemies of our Excellent Conftitution in Church and State, and of the Christian Toleration allow'd by Law, to our Protestant Dissenting Brethren!
Permit Me, My LORP, to shelter under the Shadow of Your Great Name, the following Sheets, which contain a Plain, disinterested, and Impartial Narrative. A flourishing Nation brought on the Brink of Ruin, in order to save it ; The Yearly Expences encreas'd, to restore Credit and Oeconomy; The Course of a Glorious Successful War, distracted and stopt, in order to obtain a safe and Honourable Peace ; Powerful Allies treated with Haughtiness and Contempt, to cement Harmopy and Vnion ; The Prerogative strain'd and debased, by Turns to preserve the Constitution ;
Sham-Plots wantonly contriv'd to run down a Ruin’d Party: These and the like Tryals of Skill, Instances of which, may be found, with moderate Sagacity and Pains, either in Ancient or Modern History, will furnish the New Refixers both of Language and Politicks, with Materials, to exercise and improve the Talents of a Royal Academy, and raise Monuments of Praise and Glory to the Grateful and Bountiful Protector of Learning. As for Me, My Lord, who never could reach such Sublime Notions, I content my self with relating Matters of Fact; and aspire to no greater Honour than that of Subscribing my Telf,