as a minister of God, to hint two particulars, in one of which none of us here present is concerned.

I must confess that I have frequently regretted, and now more than ever regret, that no public prayer should have been offered up in our church service, for one whose life and welfare were not only so near the heart of Britons in general, but of so great importance to the nation at large; and especially in the prospect of her becoming a mother and I feel conscious of criminality, in not offering public, as well as private, prayers in her behalf, and so exciting others to do the same. I feel this as a criminality in myself: and probably many, upon reflection, may find themselves involved in some measure of guilt on this account.

I would also just hint, yet with respectful deference to every part of our legislature, whether the restrictions put upon the marriages of the royal family can be supported on scriptural ground? and whether they have not a direct tendency to produce that very state of things, in respect of our royal family, which we now more than ever regret, and which enhances our solicitude on this mournful occasion? But here let a hint suffice.

IV. I proceed to state more particularly what I suppose "the voice of the Lord" to say to each of us, severally by this afflictive catastrophe.

"The voice of the Lord" calls each of us, the preacher as well as every one of the congregation, to self-examination, repentance, and works meet for repentance; connected with humble reliance on the mercy and grace of God in Christ Jesus, and earnest prayers for the same. Whatever else we do, or attend on, we shall not observe this mournful day in a proper manner, if we do not

examine our own hearts and lives, humbly confessing our sins, as a part of that national guilt which causes the righteous Judge to lift up his hand against us. "The voice of the Lord" cries aloud to all, saying, "Let the wicked forsake his

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way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and "let him return to the Lord, and he will have

mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will "abundantly pardon." Instead of complaining or desponding let us then "search and try our ways " and turn again to the Lord: let us lift up our "hearts with our hands unto God in the heavens." Let us thankfully accept of his salvation, and yield ourselves to his service; that, being " renewed in "the spirit of our mind," we may serve God" in 66 newness of life."

The voice of the Lord loudly calls upon us to pray for our rulers, and for all in authority over us; for our beloved and afflicted king, and every remaining part of his family; in particular for him who now wields the sceptre as Regent; that 'Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness, 'would endue them with his Holy Spirit, enrich 'them with his heavenly grace, prosper them with 'all happiness, and bring them to his heavenly 'kingdom.' And that he would in an especial manner support them under the present heavy affliction, and sanctify it as a means of their most important good. And, oh! let us not forget him, who on this afflicting occasion is so emphatically CHIEF MOURNER. He indeed, as the bereaved consort of our lamented Princess, excites our tenderest sympathy, and claims a peculiar place not only in the prayers and intercessions of this day, but in our constant supplications at a throne of

grace. May the God of all consolation heal his wounded spirit! and now that the stream is cut off, which refreshed him in passing through this vale of tears, may he be led more unreservedly to seek his happiness' where alone true joys are to be found!'

We are called also to earnest prayer, for all those employed in important stations in respect of public affairs; for all the members of our national senate; for all the rulers and ministers of the church of God that is among us; for our seminaries of learning and all who preside and teach in them; and for our country at large, yea for the rising generation, for their posterity, and for future generations.

But we must not enlarge in this particular. Were Britons more disposed to pray for these things, and less prone to judge and condemn, without discrimination or candour, those whom God hath placed over them, far happier effects might confidently be expected than can result from the measures often adopted, and which are chiefly grievous because they procure a temporary, but ill deserved popularity.

However we may have expressed our loyalty, patriotism, and sympathy with the afflicted, by the observances of this mournful day, let us remember that the most important expression of these things yet remain. "Let us fear God and honour the "king: and not meddle with those that are given "to change." I am required by the apostle, as Titus was, to "put you in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, and to "be ready for every good work." "Honour all men: love the brotherhood: fear God: honour "the king." Certainly the apostle did not mean that Christians ought to applaud or justify the measures of Nero, or of other tyrannical princes.


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But, if a father do what is evil, nay shameful, the son who honours him will be silent, and imitate Shem and Japhet; not Canaan, and Ham the father of Canaan. And why should he not do so, if it be the case of king or ruler, whom, by the same authority, we are commanded to honour in like manner?



In all respects, my beloved brethren, " the voice "of the Lord" especially calls on us, as professors of his evangelical truth, to endeavour with redoubled diligence, to "adorn the doctrine of God our Savour in all things;" and " by well doing to put to silence the ignorance of foolish men ;" and even by all means, in our power to conciliate and win them over; "that, whereas they speak against "us as evil doers, they may, by our good works "which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of "visitation." In a word, let us endeavour fully to reduce to daily practice the exhortation which precedes the text, "to do justly, to love mercy, and "to walk humbly with our God."

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Could I have access, for a minute or two, to the deeply afflicted Prince Leopold, methinks, I should merely call his attention to the words of the apostle: "This I say, brethren, the time is short: it re"maineth, that both they that have wives be as


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though they had none; and they that weep, as

though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as

though they rejoiced not; for the fashion of this "world passeth away." But in some respects the words are even more appropriate to many of us, than to him as our time of life, and various circumstances remind us, that we must "shortly put

'1 Cor. vii. 29-31.

"off this our tabernacle." The end of all things "is at hand; be ye therefore sober, and watch "unto prayer." Let us be reminded to “set our "affections on things above, not on things on the "earth :" "to seek first a kingdom that cannot "be moved;" and a "joy that cannot be taken "from us :" to remember that "the Lord liveth," as "the God of salvation; to bow to his appointments in humble submission, and not to despond, or repine, or indulge hopeless grief; but to be patient under all tribulations, and to rejoice “in the hope of the glory of God."

Finally, Let us remember the words of the apostle: "Born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth "and abideth for ever. For all flesh is

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grass, and "all the glory of man as the flower of the grass : "the grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth

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away; but the word of the Lord endureth for "ever. And this is the word which by the gospel "is preached unto you." Here, and here alone, are relations formed that never can be dissolved; honours and pleasures conferred which never fail; but which will survive the shock of death, and even the awful catastrophe, when "heaven and earth "shall pass away, and there shall no place be found "for them."

' 1 Pet. i. 23-25.



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