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A SERMON Preach'd at All-Hallows IN New Castle upon Tyne, ON THE 22d. of September, 1695. Being the Day of Thanksgiving to Al­mighty God for the Taking the Town and Caſtle of Namur, and for protecting his Majeſty's Sacred Perſon.

By Tho. Knaggs, M. A. and Chaplain to the Right Honourable Ford, Earl of Tankerville.

LONDON, Printed for Richard Baldwin, near the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane, 1695.

TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE FORD, Earl of Tankerville, Viſcount Glen­dale, Baron of Werk, and one of his Majeſty's moſt Honourable Pri­vy Council.


AS ſoon as I yielded to the publica­tion of this Sermon, I reſolved to commit it to your Lordſhips Pa­tronage. The high Eſteem, (together with an earneſt deſire publickly to ſhew my gratitude) I have of your Loyalty to the King, your hearty Zeal and Fervor for the Proteſtant Intereſt, your dexte­rity in the management of publick Bu­ſineſs, your Sage and Eloquent way of〈1 page duplicate〉〈1 page duplicate〉Speech, and thoſe many other high Ac­compliſhments and extraordinary En­dowments you are abundantly rich in, will, I hope, excuſe the boldneſs of this Dedication, and obtain pardon for pre­fixing your Great Name to ſo ſlender a Diſcourſe.


Your Lordſhip has improved the Ho­nour you were born to, and advanced your Noble and Ancient Family, by ſtanding faſt to your Religion, and ſup­porting our Laws and Liberties, when Popery and an Arbitrary Power were coming in to be triumphant among us. May your Lordſhip live long, to be an Ornament to your Country, and a Bleſ­ſing to the Publick, is, and ſhall be the daily prayer of

My Lord,
Your Lordſhip's moſt humble and moſt obedient Servant and Chaplain, THO. KNAGGS.
PSAL. 126.3.

The Lord hath done great Things for us already, whereof we rejoice.

WHO was the Compoſer of this Pſalm, I ſhall not curiouſly or nicely ſearch into, ſeeing 'tis univerſally believ'd to be a joy­ful and chearful Hymn made by Ezra, or ſome good Man, at the Jews return out of Captivity, who had been kept a long time in Bondage in a ſtrange Country, a­mong Infidels and Idolaters. When the People ſaw ſo wonderful a Change all on a ſuddain wrought for them, and Liberty granted to return into their own Country, they were ſo amaz'd and tranſported with the Delive­rance, that they could ſcarce believe it to be true, and look'd upon it only as a Dream, which vaniſheth and comes to nothing. v. 1.When the Lord turn'd again the Capti­vity of Sion, we were like them that dream. But awa­king, and ſeeing their Deliverance to be real,v. 2. their Mouth was fill'd with Laughter, and their Tongue with Singing, crying out with joy and triumph, The Lord hath done great Things for us already, whereof we rejoice.

I ſhall take the liberty, and that without any violence to the Words, to apply them to the happy Occaſion of this Day. In which you may obſerve,

  • Firſt, A joyful Acknowledgment made to God, that he hath done great Things for us.
  • Secondly, I will ſhew what ſome of theſe great Things are. 〈1 page duplicate〉1〈1 page duplicate〉
  • 2Thirdly, What our Duty is in return to the Almighty, for doing ſo great Things for us.
  • Laſtly, What Improvement we are to make of the whole. And

Firſt, A joyful Acknowledgment made to God, that he hath done great Things for us.

The rich Man makes his Wealth his ſtrong City,Joh. 31.24. He ſaith unto Gold, thou art my Hope, and unto the Wedge of Gold, thou art my Confidence,Pro. 11,28. but he that truſteth in his Riches ſhall fall. The worldly wiſe Man that thinks to ſave himſelf by his own policy, let him remember that God many times infatuates the Wiſdom of the Wiſe, and brings their Counſels to nought; the mighty Man that truſteth in his Arm of Fleſh, and puts his Confi­dence in the multitude of his Chariots and Horſemen,Iſal. 31.1. That goes down into Egypt for help, and looks not unto the Holy One of Iſrael, and ſeeks not unto the Lord. Let him conſider,v. 3. that the Egyptians are Men and not Gods, and their Horſes Fleſh, and not Spirit; and when the Lord ſhall ſtretch out his hand, both the Helper and he that is Holpen ſhall fall, and they ſhall altogether fail. It was the ſaying of One when he was falling into the Enemies hand, My Kingdom for an Horſe, butPſal. 33.17. an Horſe is counted but a vain thing to ſave a Man, neither ſhall he deliver any by his great ſtrength. We know, that if weIſai. 30.2. v. 3. truſt in the ſhadow of Egypt, and ſtrengthen our ſelves with the ſtrength of Pharoah,v. 3. the end of that Truſt and Strength will be our Shame and Confuſion. Jer. 17.5.Curſed be the Man that truſteth in Man, and maketh Fleſh his Arm. Armies and Navies, Guards and Forts, Bombs and Cannon, Artil­lery and Ammunition are uſeleſs and unſerviceable with­out God, and the Succeſs in the day of Battle muſt be attributed principally to his Bleſſing. The divine Pro­vidence3 is our greateſt ſafety and ſecurity both at Sea and Land; God muſt be conſulted firſt about the event of things; his aid and help muſt be chiefly ask'd, and our confidence, when we go againſt our Enemies, muſt be wholly in him: This is to build our Houſe with the wiſe Man upon a Rock, and thereforeMatth. 7. when the Rain deſcends, the Floods come, and the Winds blow, and beat upon that Houſe, it falls not, becauſe it is founded upon a Rock. Unleſs God fights our Battles, Egypt and her Chariots and Horſe­men are but ſandy Foundations, and not to be truſted in. God has been pleaſed to do great Things for us; his gra­cious Providence never appear'd brighter in any Cauſe than in our Deliverances; we acknowledge them to be his handy Work, his gracious care over us; and whoever will give himſelf the trouble, ſeriouſly to look back and reflect upon the Adminiſtration of Affairs ſince our happy Revolution, muſt needs ſee, that the Providence of God has concern'd himſelf, interpos'd his Almighty Power and Wiſdom, and had an hand in all our Succeſſes and Advan­tages. They that will not believe this, I dare be bold to ſay, they believe no God, no Providence at all, or at leaſt are angry at Heaven, becauſe it will not ſmile upon their Cauſe, nor favour what they unreaſonably would have uppermoſt. God has heard our Prayers, and anſwered them; we call'd upon him in the Day of trouble, and he has done far more exceeding abundantly than we could think; his Almighty Arm has ſaved us, the Lord himſelf has been on our ſide; he has been with our Forces in their paſſing through the Waters, and in walking through the Fire. The Victories we have got already are ſtand­ing Monuments of his truth, and of the Lord's goodneſs to us. Pſal. 44.5,6,7,8.Through him have we overthrown our Enemies, and through his Name have we troden them under that roſe up a­gainſt2〈1 page duplicate〉3〈1 page duplicate〉4us. We did not truſt in our Bow, neither did our Sword ſave us; but the Lord ſaved us from our Enemies, and has put them to ſhame that hated us. In God we boaſt all the Day long, and praiſe his Name for ever. Pſal. 33.16There is no King ſav'd by the multitude of his Hoſt: a mighty Man is not delivered by much ſtrength. Pſal. 127.2Except the Lord keep the City, the Watchman waketh but in vain. Eccleſ. 9.11.The Race is not to the ſwift, nor the Battle to the ſtrong. 1 Sam. 2.9.In his own might ſhall no Man be ſtrong. The Eyes of King Jehoſaphat, and of all Judah, were in their great exigency and neceſſity, chiefly and principally upon God; for though his Army was great and numerous, yet when the Children of Mo­ab, Ammon and Mount Seir came againſt him, he proclai­med a Faſt, and cried unto the Lord;2 Chron. 20.12. O our God, we have no ſtrength in us to ſtand before this great Multitude that cometh againſt us, neither do we know what to do, but our Eyes are upon Thee. Though Aſa had an Army conſiſt­ing of no leſs than Five Hundred and Fourſcore Thou­ſand Men, all of them Men of Valour, yet he look'd up­on them as no prop for Truſt, as nothing without God, and therefore cry'd unto the Lord his God, and ſaid:2 Chron. 14.8.11. Lord it is nothing with Thee to help with many, or with no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we reſt in Thee, and in thy Name are we come againſt this multitude: O Lord, thou art our God, let not Man prevail againſt Thee. When Da­vid was in the Wilderneſs of Ziph, Saul ſought him every day, But what was the reaſon that he found him not? 1 Sam. 23.14.The Lord delivered him not into his hands, Nihil ſine Deo, God is all in all; He is our Sun and Shield, our ſtrong Rock, and Tower of Defence, and mighty Deliverer. Holy David aſcribes all his Deliverances to the light of his Countenance, and the ſaving ſtrength of his right hand. 'Tis He that gives Victory unto Kings. Prov. 21.1.The King's Heart, and his5 Breath, and all his ways are in his hand;Jud. 7. the Sword of the Lord and Gideon is ſpoken of as but one two-handed Sword. 'Tis Gideon that ſtrikes, and 'tis the Lord that gives the Bleſſing. Pſal. 118.8,9.It is better to truſt in the Lord, than to put any Confidence in Man; it is better to truſt in the Lord, than to put any confidence in Princes;Pſal. 20.7. ſome put their truſt in Chariots, and ſome in Horſes, but we will remem­ber the Name of the Lord our God. When Doeg, the E­domite, regarded not God, nor ſought to ſtrengthen him­ſelf by his favour, David propheſied his deſtruction. Pſal. 52.God ſhall deſtroy them for ever, he ſhall take thee away, pluck thee out of thy dwelling-place, and root thee out of the Land of the Living: Loe, this is the Man that made not God his ſtrength, but truſted in the abundance of his Riches, and ſtrengthned himſelf in his Wickedneſs. When that proud King Nebuchadnezzar was ſhaking his Plumes, and triumphing in the great Babel of his own building,Dan. 4. Is not this Great Babel that I have built for the Houſe of the Kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my Majeſty? As he was thus vaunting and magnifying himſelf, God drove him from Men, and turn'd him to graſs among the Beaſts. When Sennacherib had encamped againſt Je­ruſalem, and was attributing his Succeſs to his own Strength and Wiſdom, ſee how God dealt with him,2 K. 19.28. He put a hook into his Noſe, and a bridle into his lips, and turn'd him back the ſame way he came. And when Herod took that glory to himſelf which was due to God,Acts 2.23. The Angel of the Lord ſmote him, and he was eaten up of Worms. And 'tis to be hoped that God has put a ſtop to the bloody rage, and nip'd the proud, inſolent and ambiti­ous Deſigns of the French King, who by treachery and policy had ſet great projects on foot to overthrow our Religion, and bring us under his ſlaviſh and tyrannical4〈1 page duplicate〉5〈1 page duplicate〉6yoak. Exod. 13.21.It was not Moſes but God that brought the Chil­dren of Iſrael out of the Land of Egypt; neither was it our own Arm and Strength that reduced the Town and Caſtle of Namur, but God's Arm; Power and Goodneſs going along with the Forces of his Majeſty and his Al­lies that preſerved our King, and gave us the Victory, for which we this day rejoyce,Pſal. 62.8. Truſt in Him at all times ye people, God is a refuge. But

Secondly, I proceed to ſhew what ſome of thoſe Great Things are, which the Lord hath done for us already, and I hope they will paſs for Great Things, whether ſome Men will or no. And

Firſt, The Lord hath done great Things for us, in raiſing us up a Deliverer in the day of our diſtreſs; God has given us a King who has delivered us from Popery and Slavery, who ſecures our Rights and Liberties, who has protected us from bloody and barbarous Enemies, and makes choice of fit, able and faithful Governours both for Church and State: The divine Providence in raiſing him up, raiſed up One that has defended our Religion, brought back our ancient Laws and Liberties, and given a check to the Arms of that once potent and formidable Prince, the French King: A Deliverer, that has neither ſpared his Perſon or his Pains to do us good; who has made our Cauſe his own, even when we were falling as a prey into our Enemies teeth. We would do well to call to mind the woful ſtate we were in before his Ma­jeſty landed, and then we may diſcern what Great Things God has done for us, in ſending him to us. He that conſiders the tottering Condition both Church and State were in; how the Government we liv'd under was growing to be Arbitrary, and a ſuperſtitious way of Worſhip ready to be ſet up and Eſtabliſhed among us;7 He that conſiders theſe things cannot, without a won­derful infatuation, but muſt ſee God has done Great Things for us, in raiſing us up a Deliverer, who has protected our holy Religion, and ſtood in the gap to hinder the way of the Deſtroyer, who had pluck'd down our Hedge and Fence. But

Secondly, The Lord hath done great Things for us, in vouchfafing a particular protection unto this Deliverer in the day of danger. Run over his life, and ſee the miraculous Trains of Providence interpoſing for him; He has been the Darling of Heaven, and the ſpecial Ob­ject of Almighty God's ſingular care, inſomuch that no Prince in the World hath had ſuch ſignal Teſtimonies of the Kindneſſes of Heaven; when ſome fell at his right hand and ſome at his left, the Divine Providence covered his head, and the Almighty hid him under the ſha­dow of his wings. In his ſafety we are ſafe; his Health and Wealth is our Concern; his Preſervation is of uni­verſal Concernment to Religion and the Laws, to Church and State, and 'tis a happy Bleſſing to all the Nation at once; and therefore we had need pray heartily to God to ſave him, who doth defend us all. Well might the people tell King David,2 Sam. 18.3. Thou art worth Ten Thouſand of us, becauſe in his peace they ſhould have peace: The ſafety of a good King is a publick Bleſſing; the happi­neſs of a Kingdom is twiſted with the Welfare of ſuch a Prince, the Kingdom, as it were, living and breathing in him. 〈…〉King Joſiah's fall proved the utter Deſtruction and Downfall of the people themſelves; whilſt he liv'd, he was the fountain of their Liberty and Security, inſo­much that they promiſed to themſelves a laſting ſecuri­ty in his life, of whom we ſaid,〈…〉20. Under the ſhadow of his Wings we ſhall live among the Heathen. But how cloſe6〈1 page duplicate〉7〈1 page duplicate〉8did their Ruine and Deſtruction follow the loſs of that exemplary and pious Prince? **When the noble Epa­minondas the The­ban fell, Thebes it ſelf fell with him.What Great Things then has God done for us, in watching over our King night and day, in preſerving him at his Up-riſing and Down­lying, and compaſſing his paths. God has ſuffered no Policy, no Secreſy to circumvent him, no Treachery to take him off, no Snares to catch him, not to fall into that Pit that was digg'd for him, nor no Weapon form'd a­gainſt him to proſper; he has ſtood by him in the day of Danger, given his Angels charge over him and brought him off with Victory and good ſucceſs. As to the in­ſtrumental Cauſe of that Victory we this day celebrate, much may be aſcrib'd to the wiſe conduct of our Lord the King; He has done Great Things for us. Such Great things, as may challenge any Prince in the world to ſhew the like, wrought for any People or Nation: 'Tis true indeed, the Author of all our Victories and Delive­rances we muſt own and acknowledge to be God; to him principally we muſt give the Glory and Honour, and praiſe him; but when it will be found among the Files of Records, that next under God, our King did theſe Great things for us, how will his Memory be had in Everlaſting Remembrance? How will the Ages to come tell of him? How bravely big will his Name look in Story? And how will his famous and noble Atchieve­ments be commended by admiring Poſterity? Theſe will intitle him aIſai. 49.23. Nurſing Father of the Church, a Defender of the Faith, and a Reſtorer of our Religion, Laws, and Liberties. Jud. 8.22.Come thou and rule over us, ſaid the people, to Gideon, for thou haſt delivered us from the hands of our Enemies. 1 K. 1.25.God ſave the King, was an uſual Form of Prayer in Adonijah's time. And when Joaſh was made King, They clapt their hands, uſed the ſame form of Salutation,92 K. 11.12 God ſave the King. 1 Tim. 2.1.2.I exhort you, ſaith St. Paul, to make prayers for Kings, That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godlineſs and honeſty. And in the ſucceeding Ages of Chriſtianity, I find the Chriſtians were highly ſollicitous about the ſafety of their Princes. Nor was this the temper of a Chriſtian Spirit onely, but of Hea­thens and Infidels, for it was a Decree made by Darius King of Perſia,Ezra 6.10. that all the Elders of the Jews ſhu'd be furniſh'd with young Bullocks, or Rams, or Lambs, Wheat, Salt, Wine and Oil, that they may have to offer ſweet Odours unto the God of Heaven, and pray for the King's Life. The fall of a King ſhakes the whole Kingdom; there is a Sympathy between the Head and the Members, when the Breath of our Noſtrils is taken from us, needs muſt the Body faint and languiſh, & expire in gaſping Agonies when the Royal Oak is cut down, we are bereav'd of all the benefits of its ſhelter; and the birds of Prey will ſoon ſnatch away the Chickens, when there is no Hen to gather them under her wings. Wherefore if we love our Country, if we have any regard to the Welfare of our ſelves, if we tender the intereſt of the Proteſtant Religion, of our Temporal Rights and the Common Good, we muſt from the bottom of our hearts pray for our King's proſperity, wiſh him long life and health, and earneſtly deſire his welfare and ſafety, becauſe in his peace we ſhall have peace. Dan. 3.9.O King live for ever.

Thirdly, The Lord hath done Great Things for us, as to the preſervation of our ſelves, what might have been be­fallen us we know not; the fate of things look'd once very black upon us; thoſe Barbarities, Maſſacres, Pro­ſecutions with Fire and Faggot, and ſhedding of Blood that is proper to Popery, and thoſe inflicted upon Pro­teſtants, for refuſing to comply with Superſtition and8〈1 page duplicate〉9〈1 page duplicate〉10Idolatry, may open our Eyes, and let us ſee what we might have expected from the Romiſh Faction. Our own Nation knows it by ſad experience, that in the Reign of Queen Mary, many pious and good people were burnt at a Stake, for their denying to ſubſcribe, to their wick­ed and falſe Doctrines. Surely our Malecontents and Murmurers do not know the Principles, or Spirit of Popery; they muſt be ignorant in the Caſe of Henry the third of France, who was ſtabb'd, and the bloody Art applauded by the Pope himſelf, for not purging his Country from the Corruption of Hereſy, being admoniſhed ſo to do. The Church of Rome is guilty in this reſpect, in looking upon us Proteſtants as ſo many Hereticks, and what work her Sons had 'ere this Day been employ'd in, if our late Revolution had not hapned, we may very well gueſs. Thanks be to God for That, and all his other Mercies to us; and let it ever be recorded for the praiſe of his preſent Majeſty, who next under God, deliver'd us from Tyranny, and Popiſh Cruelty.

Thirdly, I proceed to ſhew what our duty is in return to the Almighty, for doing ſo great things for us; for if the fore part of the Text belongs to God, the latter I am ſure belongs to us: If the Lord hath done Great things for us, then we are to rejoyce, and this Day is ſet apart for it. Now that our rejoycing this day may be pleaſing to God, it muſt firſt begin at the Church; there it muſt firſt ſhew it ſelf, be firſt ſeen and heard there, thither we muſt go in, and in the Congregation give thanks unto the Lord, for the Great things he hath done for us; we muſt firſt be joyful in the Houſe of Prayer, and our joy muſt exert it ſelf firſt after a Godly manner. Hoſ. 〈…〉We read of ſome who kept their King's Day with flagons of Wine, and by drinking to that exceſs, till they were ſick: They made11the King glad with their wickedneſs. v. 3.Such Riot and Ex­ceſs was uſed upon that feſtivall Day, that as the Prophet Malachy ſpeaks of ſome others; There came nothing of their feaſts but dung: All they did was, they ſat down to eat, and drink, and roſe up to play; but with none of theſe was God pleaſed: Religion muſt this day be firſt obſerv'd: It is not enough that in our Feaſts this day we drink the King's Health, clap our hands, and cry, God ſave the King, but we muſt firſt regard the work of the Lord, and conſider the Operation of his hands: It is not Enough, that with the Harp and the Violl, the Timbrel and the Pipe, we give Thanks out of Cuſtom, but we muſt firſt go into the Houſe of the Lord, and there pour out our ſouls in Thankfulneſs to God, in a thankful Remembrance; and then after we have done here, we may lawfully go and rejoyce in our houſes, ſo long as Temperance is obſerv'd, and all manner of Riot and Exceſs laid aſide. It was God's command under the Law, that upon their rejoy­cing for his removal of any Plague, the Trumpets ſhu'd blow; And ſhall we, whom God by this happy day, calleth us to rejoycing by a great Victory, and the pre­ſervation of his Majeſty's Perſon, ſhall we whom God hath called to joy, hang down our heads like a Bull-ruſh, droop, and ſlight the Office of the Day? When the Graecians were ſet at Liberty by Flaminius, Plutarch tels us, they cry'd out,〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉,〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉, Saviour, Saviour, with ſuch a Sound, that the Birds in the Air which flew over their heads fell aſtoniſh'd to the ground. And ſhall we be ſo little affected with our good Succeſs, and Deliverances? No, let our Ears be chearfully open to the ringing of Bells, and to the noiſe of Muſical Inſtruments: Our Hoſannah's this day ſhall be heard in the higheſt, for10〈1 page duplicate〉11〈1 page duplicate〉12This is a Day which the Lord hath made, we will rejoyce and be glad in it. What Nehemiah ſaid unto the People upon hearing the law read, I ſay unto you. Neh. 8.10.Go, and Eat of the Fat, and drink the Sweet, and ſend Portions un­to them for whom none is prepared, for this is a joyfull Day indeed, be yee not ſorry therefore, for the Joy of the Lord is your ſtrength. I come

Laſtly, To conſider what Improvement we are to make of the whole. And

Firſt, If we would ſtrengthen that which God hath al­ready wrought for us, and carry on, and perfect his mar­vellous Works towards us, we muſt be followers of that which is good, and live ſo, that God may take delight in us, bleſs us with the continuance of his Bleſſings, and may have no occaſion given him to repent him of the Mercies ſhewn to us. Whilſt we are under ſuch a gra­cious and benign iufluence of Heaven; we muſt take care that we do not by our Sins, make ſuch a ſeparation between it and us, as may provoke God to throw off his care of us, and withdraw his helping hand from us. What's to be done then, to procure a continuance of thoſe Great Things he hath done for us already? Even this, to come to Repentance, and that's the way to carry them on to perfection: O let his mercy and goodneſs lead us all to Repentance: May his wonderful Delive­rances oblige us all to love and fear him; and may his many and great preſervations of our King endear our Righteouſneſs, and excite our Obedience to him, and then the Deliverances we have had will be a pledge of more. This would heap Palms and Laurels upon our Cauſe, and bring us off Conquerors, for the Eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him: He takes pleaſure in13ſuch, and it ſhall go well with them. Evil-doers and Tranſgreſſors ſhall be cut off, and rooted out, but thoſe who truſt in the Lord and do good, ſhall by ſo doing, dwell in the Land, and verily they ſhall be fed. Jer. 7.23.Obey my voice, ſaid God to the Jews, and I will be your God, and yee ſhall be my People; and walk yee in all the Ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you: And he tells the Iſraelites, thatExod. 19.5. if they would obey his Voice in­deed, and keep his Covenant, that then they ſhould be a peculiar Treaſure unto him above all People. Even an Hea­then Poet made this Obſervation to the Romans,

Diis te minorem quod geris, imperas.

That their Succeſs was owing to their piety, and their Obedience to the Gods, made them Rulers and Commanders: And therefore may we all be ſo wiſe, as to ſay as the people did to Joſhua,Joſ. 24.24. The Lord our God will we ſerve, and his Voice will we Obey.

Thirdly, We have had Great things done for us, and therefore in order to have God ſtill on our ſide, it is a Duty incumbent upon us to be thankful for them: There are ſome Men of ſo unhappy a Temper, as to forfeit the Advantages of them, if God would have taken it at their hands; that with the ungrateful Iſraelites are in love with the fleſh-pots of Egypt, and would return back into that Land. Strange perverſeneſs and blindneſs! That the Iſraelites would not know when they were well uſed, but inſtead of ſhewing their gratitude, under-valued the vouchfafements of Heaven's favour, as if the very reaſon of their quarrelling, Gods goodneſs, was none other but this, that it infinitely ſurpaſſed all their deſervings. I12〈1 page duplicate〉13〈1 page duplicate〉14wiſh ſome among us did not too near reſemble theſe un­grateful Iſraelites; but I ſhall not blow the coals; a juſt amazement to ſee thoſe Miracles of Mercy flung up, and that ſome men ſhould go about to make thoſe bleſſings God has beſtow'd upon us for our good, an occaſion of falling, fills me with dread & horrour of the judgments of God, which may well fall upon the Land. For if Mer­cies cannot prevail with us, what can we expect but the next ſcent ſhould be Judgments? If Men will kick and ſpurn againſt Heaven, and throw themſelves back into that, or a worſe condition then they have yet been in, 'tis not to be expected that God will work new miracles every day for them. IfRev. 22.11. He that is filthy will be filthy ſtill, he muſt expect Ephraim's doom,Hoſ. 4.17. Ephraim is joyned unto Idols, let him alone, let him follow the Counſels of his own heart, and be filled with his own Deviſes. Jer. 51.9.We would have healed Babilon, and ſhe would not be healed, forſake her; We would have healed Babilon, There is Mercy and Goodneſs on Gods part, but ſhe would not be healed, there is a Deſpiſing of his goodneſs on her part, and then follows deſertion on God's part, forſake her. Pſal. 81.11,12.My people would not hearken to my voice and Iſrael would none of me, ſo I gave them up unto their own Hearts luſts, and they walked in their own Counſels. v. 13,14.Oh, that my People had harkned unto me, and Iſrael had walked in my Ways; I would ſoon have humbled their Enemies, and turned my hand againſt their Adverſaries. 2 Theſſ. 2.10.11.Becauſe they received not the Love of the Truth that they might be ſaved, for this cauſe God ſhall ſend them ſtrong Deluſions to believe a Lie. For how juſt is it with God, to lift up his hand againſt a people, and overthrow them, as he did the unthank­full Iſraelites, for not keeping in mind the Deliverances15 he had granted them? We are an happy people, if we did but know it: Sufficiently happy, if ſome were not ſo fooliſhly induſtrious to make themſelves unhappy. We are not involv'd in Blood and Confuſion, as our Neigh­bouring Countries are. We live in peace and plen­ty, whilſt in the mean time other Nations are fright­ed with the ſound of Trumpets, the Beating of Drums, the neighing of Horſes, the roaring of Cannon, the howling of Women, and the ſchrikeing of Chil­dren expoſed to the rage and fury of mercileſs Souldi­ers. We build and plant, beautifie and adorn our Hou­ſes and Habitations, whilſt others are burnt down, bat­tered about their Ears, and lie in ruine and deſolation. We have plenty, whilſt others are in want. We ſowe in Peace, and reap in peace, whilſt other Men's la­bours are enjoyed by Strangers and Enemies. Such Bleſſings as theſe, cry aloud to us to be thankful to Heaven. O that we were wiſe, that we would conſider this, and praiſe the Lord for his Goodneſs, and declare the Wonder that he hath done for us.

Thirdly, The Lord hath done Great Things for us, in raiſing up our King to be the happy Inſtrument of our Deliverance, and therefore next being thankful to God, we are under an high Obligation to be Loyal and O­bedient to his Majeſty, and to ſtudy the things that make for his Honour and Glory, as he has done thoſe that make for our Peace and Safety: And for this no Charges ought to be ſpar'd, no Power from France fea­red, otherwiſe this opportunity of making our ſelves under him happy, will one day riſe up in Judgment, and condemn us.

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16May it pleaſe a gracious God, who hath done Great Things for us already, to continue his Mercies to us: And may we, conſidering the Dangers we have been in, quicken our Zeal, ſhew Vigour in the Cauſe of our Religion and the preſent Government: And may it pleaſe God to move the hearts of ſuch as are in Autho­rity, to be active and diligent in their Duty, that ſo thoſe Deliverances may be ſtrengthned which God hath wrought for us. Crown our King, O Lord, with Ho­nour and Succeſs here, and with an everlaſting Crown of Glory in Heaven hereafter. Amen.

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TextA sermon preach'd at All-Hallows in New Castle upon Tyne, on the 22d. of September, 1695. Being the day of Thanksgiving to almighty God for the taking the town and castle of Namur, and for protecting his Majesty's sacred person. By Tho. Knaggs, M. A. and chaplain to the right honourable Ford, Earl of Tankerville
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Bibliographic informationA sermon preach'd at All-Hallows in New Castle upon Tyne, on the 22d. of September, 1695. Being the day of Thanksgiving to almighty God for the taking the town and castle of Namur, and for protecting his Majesty's sacred person. By Tho. Knaggs, M. A. and chaplain to the right honourable Ford, Earl of Tankerville Knaggs, Thomas, 1660 or 1-1724.. [4], 16 p. printed for Richard Baldwin, near the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane,London :1695.. (Reproduction of original in the Folger Shakespeare Library.)
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