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superstitions, your outrages, your rapine and your lusts. Unless you will spare no pains to effect this, you must be judged unfit, both by God and mankind, to be entrusted with the possession of liberty and the administration of the government; but will rather, like a nation in a state of pupillage, want some active and courageous guardian to undertake the management of your affairs. With respect to myself, whatever turn things may take, I thought that my exertions on the present occasion would be serviceable to my country, and, as they have been cheerfully bestowed, I hope that they have not been bestowed in vain. And I have not circumscribed my defence of liberty within any petty circle around me, but have made it so general and comprehensive, that the justice and the reasonableness of such uncommon occurrences explained and defended, both among our my countrymen and among foreigners, and which all good men cannot but approve, may serve to exalt the glory of my country, and to excite the imitation of posterity. If the conclusion do not answer to the beginning, that is their concern; I have delivered my testimony, I would almost say, have erected a monument, that will not readily be destroyed, to the reality of those singular and mighty achievements, which were above all praise. As the Epic Poet, who adheres at all to the rules of that species of composition, does not prosess to describe the whole life of the hero whom he celebrates, but only some particular action of his life as the resentment of Achilles at Troy, the return of Ulylles, or the coming of Æneas into Italy; so it will be suificient, either for my juía tification or apology, that I have heroically celebrated at least one exploit of my countrymen ; I pass 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, posterity will fit in judgment on your conduct. They will see 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 structure. They will lament that perseverance was not conjoined with such exertions and such yirtues.

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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, inspire, and bind an unfading wreath of praise round the brows of the illustrious actors in so glorious a scene,

INDEX

AN

ALPHABETICAL INDEX

OF THE

PRINCIPAL MATTERS

CONTAINED

IN THE SIX VOLUMES.

The Letters refer to the Volumes; the Figures to the Pages

of each.

WAARON, his priesthood no pattern to ground episcopacy on,

Vol. i. 92. Abimelech, Remarks on the manner of his death, iji. 158. Abraham, commanded by God to send away his irreligious wife,

i. 363. His paying tithes to Melchisedec, no authority for our

paying them now, iii. 357, 368, 383. Abramites, allege the example of the ancient fathers for image

worship, i. 44. Accidence, Reasons for joining it and grammar together, iii. 441. Acworth, University-Orator, the memory of Bucer and Fagius

celebrated by him, ii. 66. Adam, left free to choose, i. 305. Created in the image of God,

11. 119. His alliance with Eve, nearer than that of any couple

since, 133. Adda, fucceeds his father Ida in the kingdom of Bernicia, iv. 110. Adminius, son of Cunobeline, banithed his country, flees to the em

peror Caligula, and stirs him up against it, iv.41. Adultery, not the only reason for divorce, according to the law of Moses, i, 345. Not the greatest breach of matrimony, 367. Punished with death, by the Law, ii. 199. Our Saviour's fentence relating to it, explained, 204. duans, in Burgundy, employ the Britons to build their temples and public edifices, iv. 72. VOL. VI.

Aganippus,

GG.

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