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kings, " that God would be' pleased to grant 4 them a long life, and a quiet reign; that " their family may be sase, and their forces va; ,** liant; their senate lawful, their people or" derly and virtuous; that they may rule in ** peace, and have all the blessmgs they can dea I? fire, either as men or princes.*" * '
I have the honour to remain',
ARTH U'R O'LEARY,
* Tertull. Apolog.
Brethren, Countrymen, and Fellow-citizens,
RE L I G I O N has always considered war as one of the scourges of Heaven, and the sources of numberless scourges and crimes. Men may arm their hands in defence of life and property, but their hearts shudder at the thoughts of. a field of battle which can scarce afford graves to the armies that dispute it, covered with the
mangled bodies and scattered limbs of thou- .
sands of Christians, who never saw nor provoked each other before ; and whose' only fault was obedience to their princes! which obedience cannot be imputed to the solrlier as a crime. The peaceful cottage deserted at the sight of an approaching enemy I Famine and
distress closing the scene, and filling up the measure of calamities ! Such are the misfortunes inseparable from war,-misfortunes which induced the great St. Paul to exhort the Christians in the following manner : " I exhort, therefore, " that, first of all, supplications, prayers, inter" ceffions be made for all men, for kings, and " all that are in authority ; that we may lead a " quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and " honcsty." * And such should be the constant prayer of a Christian.
But what, my brethren, if the enemy's sword glittered in our streets, and that to the licentiousness of a foreign foe we added domestic dissensions ! If the sound of the enemy's trumpet would be drowned in the cries and shricks of the injured neighbour whom we ourselves
_would be the first to oppress ! Would not war
itself lose its terrors, when compared to such outrages ? And the calamities we would bring on ourselves, would not they surpass those which would pour in upon us from' foreign nations ? Such, nevertheless, are the fears that
'haunt us. Both Protestants and Catholics de' Clare, that in case of an invasion, the common
people are the greatest cause of their alarms ;
'not from dread of your superior power, but from the sad' necessrty they would be under, of
Ft Timothy, Chap. ii. punishing