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6. She holds a bible in her right hand, shewing, that
happiness, here and hereafter, is the reward of a religious life : whilst his Majesty's proclamation, and the laws of our country, require obedience
to the word of God. 7. She supports the cap of liberty, which is the em
blem of the freedom we enjoy in this happy land. 8. Her field and spear shew that we must be ever
ready fors war, because we do not know how
long we fhall be suffered to enjoy peace. 9. The Caduceus by her side is an emblem of commerce. The rod or handle of it expresses power. The serpents, prudence, and the wings, diligence.
It fhews us, that whilst trade depends on induftry, we must maintain it by peace and con
cord among ourselves. 10. The oak, against which the spear is rested, fig
nifies, that ships which are built of this timber
are our chief supports for trade and defence in • war. 11. The anchor is the emblem of hope, and this
with the cable, alludes to maritime trades, and fitting out ships.
In the perspective view of the country you find, 12. The plough mear for agriculture, or husbandry. 13. The fruit trees for gardening. 14. The cow for pasturage.
15. The sheep with his wool represents materials for
manufactory. 16. The puttle, the instrument of weaving. 17. The coitage denotes the comforts of domestic life. 18. The rural scenes in view represent the joys
of peace and plenty. 19. The woman and child, crown the whole in the
enjoyments of matrimony. 20. Britannia is seated in view of a triumphal arch,
supposed to be erected on occasion of the last peace, 21. The equestrian statue at the top of the arch re
presents the King our gracious sovereign on horseback, who presides over all these kingdoins and
dominions in the most exalted station. 22. On one side is Victory, holding a crown of
laurels, and the palm of victory. 23. On the other side is Peace, with her olives,
branch. 24. In the facia or front are letters, being the
initials or first letters of the names of generals, admirals, and officers in great commands, who
performed eminent services during the war. 25. Britannia, our dear mother, being thus seated
in all her glory, and well knowing how apt we
are to forget our duty to her, if not kept in mind, : is represented as addrefling herself to us ; whilft 1. A 2.
before her stand three seamen and a soldier, uncovered, as a mark of their homage and sincere respect. She says,
“I Am arrived, by your means, to the height
e of my glory, in which you share. It will be your own faults if you lose it; but if you intend to walk in the true path of glory, you must discharge your respective duties by industry and zeal in your callings, the same in peace as you did in war. And whatever way of life you follow, to rest contented, and reudy to die like men and like christians, in the service of your God, your King, and me. You and I, the greatest and the least, have but one common interest. He who learns how best to live in his station, knows best how to die. Remember that your happiness depends on your duty: I mean your duty to God, your King, and me; that is, to be good and charitable to each other. Those who are most industrious will probably be the most happy. Let every one learn a trade and live by it; and be ashamed, unless any grievous calamity afflicts him, to ask relief of a parish, or eat the bread of his fellow-parishioners, who are industrious!
Let this view before you, remind you, that those who have a home, a wife and children, are the
beft fubjects, as they generally are the best men: and that those who decline wedlock, without very good reason for it, do so far thrust a dagger into my breast, that they cut off the means of supplying the King's armies and navies hereafter ; leaving me defenceless, and consequently without any existence, but fuch as may depend on a supply of foreigners. · Comfort, plenty, and national glory, walk in my train, when liberty is not attended by her enemy libertinism, and when religion is free from enthus fiasm and superstition. Therefore if you are wise, contemplate these things: If you are fober, induftrious, and fear God, nothing can hurt you: You will live like men, and die the death of the sighteous. To do your duty in your callings faithfully, is to serve your King and me; in other words, it is to be true to your own intereft.
Your religion teaches you to pray, that all the consultations of the great council of the nation, may be for the advancement of the glory of God, the welfare of his church, and the safety, honor, and welfare of our Sovereign and his kingdoms ; that all things may be fo ordered and settled by the endevors of the King and his parliament, upon the. best and furest foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be establidhed among us for all generations. We ask these A 3 :
and all other things necessary, in no less a name than that of Jesus Christ the great Lord and Sa-, viour of the world.
Thus you see what you ought to do, as well as understand: and to show respect and honor to my laws, as the only safe means by which you can support the worship of the true God, and obedience to his divine laws : on this depends not only your temporal welfare for generations to coine, with respect to me ; but your bliss or misery in the world to come, for ever and ever! You fee plainly the finger of God in the government of the world. And if vice is so often attended with ruin in this world, how much more dreadful must it be for the wicked at the tribunal of heaven! - God has been wonderfully merciful to me; forget not your obligations, nor cease to express your gratitude by your obedience to his commands.
Good Kings, who bend their knees before the throne of heaven, are generally blessed in all their works : the hearts of such are established, and will not shrink until they see their desires upon their enemies. Such desires being bounded by justice and prudence, and free from cruelty or ambition, they support government, and render subjects happy: their feed will be mighty on the earth ; riches and plenteousness will be in their houses, and