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Those, yet uncertain on whose fails to blow,
To welcome your approach the vulgar run,
To the METROPOLIS of GREAT-BRITAIN, the
most renowned and late flourishing CITY of LONDON, in its RepresENTATIVES, the LORD-Mayor and Court of ALDERMEN, the SHERIFFS, and COMMON-COUNCIL of it.
S perhaps I am the first who ever presented a work
of this nature to the metropolis of any nation ; so it is likewise consonant to justice, that he who was to give the first example of such a dedication should begin it with that city, which has set a pattern to all others of true loyalty, invincible courage, and unThaken constancy. Other cities have been praised for the fame virtues, but I am much deceived if any have fo dearly purchased their reputation ; their fame has been won them by cheaper trials than an expensive, though necessary war, a consuming pestilence, and a more consuming fire. To submit yourselves with that humility to the judgments of heaven, and at the same time to raise yourselves with that vigour above all human enemies; to be combated at once from above and from below, to be struck down and to triumph : I know not whether such trials have been ever paralleled in any nation : the resolution and successes of them never can be. Never had prince or people more mutual reason to love each other, if suffering for each other can endear affection. You have come together a pair of matchless lovers, through many difficulties ; he, through a long exile, various traverses of fortune, and the interpofition