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to this generous Resolution, that, whatever might be the Consequence to themselves, they would never quietly see their Prince persist in a Conduct, which must reflect Dishonour upon himself and the Nation, and was diametrically contrary to the Maxims and Policy of their Empire.
This being finally determined, it was then concluded, to decide by Lot, what Members should go next, and wait upon the Tyrant ; 'accordingly every Man readily went, as it came to his Turn, did his Duty, and underwent the Penalty. In short, Numbers of them went, and bravely fuffered Death ; but, at last, the favage Obstinacy of the Tyrant was over, come : It is more than probable, he began, though somewhat of the latest, to reflect, that it he went on thus, Day by Day, to exterminate that venerable Body, who were respected and loved throughout the Empire, his Reign would become universally odious; and the People would rise, as one Man, to extirpate him and his.
· However that be, he thought fit, hereupon, to reform his Conduct, and even to erect most magni. ficent Monuments, at a vast Expence, over the Graves of those glorious Patriots, whom he had so inhumanly butchered : But, though he thereby paid the due Ho. nours to their Memory, all the Power whereof he was possessed, could not restore to Life, those faithful and heroic Subjects, who had given so undoubted a Proof, how little they valued their Interests, or even their Lives, when put in Competition with their Honour, and the Good of their Country. As little could this poor Compensation wash out the indelible Stain, his more than savage Cruelty, to these Mar. tyrs for the Cause of Virtue, entailed upon his own Memory.
Begging Pardon for this Digression, which, neverthelefs, is not without it's Use, and moral Instruction, for those whom it most concerns ; and the like to which, we shall sometimes designedly make, merely to enliven our Subject ; which consisting wholly of religious and moral Reflections, would otherwise, we are afraid, appear infipid and tedious, to the Generality of our Readers; we fall now resume the Thread of our Discourse. In this litrie Book, then, such Herods as there will be made to know, there is One above them, who is able to punish them yet worse, than they can, the most hated of their wretched Subjects. In this little Treatise, those worst of Sa. vages, who make Millions miserable, whom by'all the Ties of Duty, and Gratitude, they ought to ftu-' dy to render happy, for the poor Satisfaction of extending their Dominions, will fee, in the Example of Alexander, what are the melancholy and fatal Consequences, of so inhuman a Procedure; as the Fury of Spain may learn, from the Fate of her Sister Semiramis, what she may reasonably expect, for having so long triumphed, in being the common Incendiary of Christendom. In short, in these Sheets, those haughty Spirits, who expect their Whims and Fancies to be complied with, as a Law, though ne. ver so unreasonable, or, contrary to the divine Will; and thereby plainly shew themselves Violators of the First Command, (since they are so far from wor. Ahipping the crue God alone, that they make all their reigning Passions their Gods, for the Time present,) will see the deplorable issue of so senseless, impious, and unwarrantable a Behaviour.
· Under this Head will likewise, justly, be comprehended, all the inordinate Lovers, and Pursuers, of · Pleafure, Honour, Riches, and Power; and they will, accordingly, find amply display'd, in this Treatise, all the miserable Effects and Consequences of such their Pursuits. Neither is this any more than
Justice ; for, can any one deny, that Mark Anthony, who for the Sake of Cleopatra, that is, of a base Jill, and Strumpet, facrificed his Country, Wife, Children, Honour, every Thing, nay, even his own Life ; made her his God, and became thereby, vi. sibly, a Transgressor of the First Commandment. In his fatal Catastrophe, therefore, the Sensualift may
evidently see, the End of such a Conduct, and Vio· lation of the divine Law.
Again, Can any one doubt, that the wicked Haman, who, though possessed of the highest Honours under Ahasuerus, could not rest satisfied, nor contented Therewith, as long as the single Mordecai refused to bow and reverence him ; and whose Wrath was so implacable, on to fight a Provocation, that, not thinking his Death alone a sufficient Aronement, he could not be appeased, till he had contrived to extirpate the whole Race of the Jews? Can any one, we say, doubl, whether this impious Wretch, in these Instances, was guilty, or not, of the Breach of the Fir ft Command ? Did he not, thereby, plainly, pay more Regard to his offended Pride, and Revenge, than to God? And is not this, evidently, a Violation of that Law? From this Example, then, every such Criminal may learn the fatal Consequences of that
In the like Manner, every Miser, who fordidly worships his Bags, regardless of any other Thing, either in Earth or Heaven, will find in this Treatise, that he thereby not only incurs the Guilt of Theft, and frequently of Murder, but also of infringing this Law; so that by one and the same shameful Vice, he at once is guilty of the Breach of the Firf, Sixth, and Eighth Commandments : He will likewise fee therein, the dismai Consequences and Punishment of that groveling Sin; happy, if he thereby takes Warning, and renounces it for the future. Neither
: is the aspiring after more power than is lawful, that
inordinate Desire, which is in a Manner interwoven, more or less, into the Conftitution of moft Men, less heinous in the Sight of Heaven, chan any of the Sins besore mentioned, being equally a Transgression of the fame First Commandmeni; as all may be convinced, by the woful End of Marius, Sylla, Pompey, Julius Cæfar, Mark Anthony, Craffus, and divers others : But, what need we go so far, for Examples, how odious this Vice is in God's Eye; when our own History will so amply furnish us with them, fince the Reformation; and especially, in the mournful Catastrophes of most of the Princes, of the unfortunate House of Stuart ?
To pass on, from the Breach of the First, to that of the Second Commandment, though, perhaps, very few of our Countrymen, the Roman Catholicks excepted, may be guilty of the Violation thereof ; yet, it will be far from needless, for us to expatiate a little thereon, as the best Preservative against the artful Delusions of the Papifts, who are Transgref. fors of it to a Man ; and chat, in as gross a Manner, as ever the Jews were of old: This will be the more necdful, as the Emissaries of Rome, are the moft indefatigable People under the Sun, in endeavouring to gain over Profelytes, to their false Religion ; and we are credibly informed, to our Shame be it spoken, with no small Success.
In this little Treatise, then, all they, who are any wise wavering in their Minds, and inclining that Way, may see, as it were, at one Glance, how feverely that ancient Nation, whom God honoured with the Title, of his own peculiar People, (marced for their Impiety in this point; they will find him verily to have been a jealous God, as he calls himfe'f; and that he continually watch'd over them, for Evil, and not for Good; until, by their hearty Re
pentance, pentance, and Amendment, they were reconciled to him ; and, as he is unchangeable, as well as almighty ; as he is the fame Yesterday, To-day, and for ever; let chem consider seriously, before they embrace that Religion, whether he is likely to wink at that Sin, in them, which drew down such heavy Judgments up. on his own People: And, if this Consideration will not prevail on them, to continue fted fast in the Religion, wherein they were educated, they are to be given over as absolutely incorrigible.
• To go on to the Third Commandment, for, the continual Breach of which, the British Nation are so infamously noted; in this little Treatise, all they, who are given thereto, and are not altogether hardened in Iniquity, will see the dreadful Judgments, that, in all Ages, have fallen upon those, who have been greatly addicted to it ; and, if this will not wean them from a Vice, which is, of all others, moft inexcusable, as no Temptation can be pleaded in Mitigation of it, they must be ftrangely beforted to it indeed.
To proceed from hence to the Fourth, which is the laft Precept, of the first Table, and which is now, almost as openly, and commonly broken, and with as little Shame or Remorse, as the Third; in this little Treatise, all those Prophaners of the Lord's Day, now set a-part, by Chriftians, to be observed, instead of the antient Sabbath, will see the fatal Consequences, of such an impious Course of Life ; and, when they find, not only that they cannot reafonably expect any Blessing, as long as they perfift therein ; but, that it is the constant Inlet to all other Vices, as too many Hundreds have grievously la. mented at the Gallows, it is to be hoped, it will work a Reformation in them ; for, if it does not, it is much to be feared, that Nothing will.