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splendid opulence, it has every organ of impression and of control. What authority of character, what energy of virtue, might she have displayed! How would vice have been rebuked in her presence, and been eager to flee her face ! How, beneath the influence of the gospel, which brings “good-will to man," would her cabinet have become the temple of peace! How would she have preferred the rule of a quiet people to the throne of belligerent ambition, or to the thunderbolt of horrid war! How would her court have been the sanctuary of modest purity, of charitable munificence, of pious sacrifice! Attached, as we may suppose she would be to the episcopacy in which she had been educated, and which the oath of coronation would have bound her to support, we yet indulge the hope that she might have been a “ nursing mother” to the universal church, and the representative daughter of that “ Zion, which is the joy of the whole earth."

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Sermon preached at Weston-Green Chapel, near Claremont,

by the Rev. James Churchill.

Jer, ix. 21. “ For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces,

to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.”

HER mind, from its earlier days, appears to have been cast in a mould favourable to religion. Her education invited not only her thorough acquamtance with the letter of Christianity, but her imbibing its spirit. Her preceptors had not stony ground to cultivate; they needed not to plough deep to impress the soil, for they can bear testimony, that when, in the course of her reading, she came to any pathetic parts, she was frequently dissolved in tears! Her very attentive and devotional manner of repeating the different parts of the family service observed at Claremont, powerfully reminds me of her being a descendant of our venerable and afficted King; whose very solemn manner the preacher had once the pleasure of witnessing in one of the royal chapels.

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Sermon preached by the Rev. John Williams, Mansfield.

LAMENTATIONS, chap. v. v. 16, 17. “ The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sin

ned !—For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim."

THAT, which hath happened to one in the most exalted station and of the highest rank, may be the condition of the meanest individual. That life which appears to be the most secure may be the most precarious ; those pleasures, and those agreeable and animating prospects, which seem to be the most permanent, and the most extensive, may soon and unexpectedly be annihilated. Where is the individual, who hath made a league with death and a covenant with the grave ? Into what house or into what family is this mighty conqueror forbidden to make his sudden and destructive inroads ? — Against whom is his arm stayed, and who is shielded from his impending stroke? Not the young, for one in the morning of life has been taken away-not the noble, for one of the most illustrious has fallennot the good, for one of the inost virtuous hath perished For this our heart is faint ; for these things our eyes are dim.

Sermon preached by the Rec. W. A. Armstrong, A. B.,

Cheshunt.

i CORINTHIANS, chap. xv. v. 53." “ For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put

on immortality." IN still contemplating the public character of the dear departed one, whom we shall love to hold in everlasting remembrance, and to whom all future ages will look back with pride and praise, be it our happiness to know that all the virtues gathered round her were the rich produce of her faith in Christ. It was not fashion, interest, or vanity, that made her virtuous. She was a Christian from principle; her noble spirit would have disdained the trammels of superstition, even though a crown and all its dignity, or poverty with all its shame, had been the great alternatives. She was a Christian too, not only when she kneeled beneath a velvet canopy, or drank of the sacred element of Christ's holy blood from the splendid chalice, but when in her chamber and alone.

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Sermon by the Rev. R. Beachcroft, Blanham.

Genesis, chap. xxiii. v. 6. “ Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice

of our sepulchres bury thy dead; uone of us shall withhold from thee bis sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead."

THE contemplative inind cannot say to itself, “ How shall I bear this stroke :” for it has no time for contemplation. And ought we not to believe that these appointments are ordained in mercy? We could uot without the strongest faith behold such objects. The eagle's eye is alone constructed to approach

We dare not, we must not, anticipate such scenes. Rather let us pray for grace to be prepared to meet them; but let us leave their time, their method, their attendant circumstances, their continuance, to the sole direction of infinite and unerring wisdom, and almighty goodness.

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Sermon preached by the Rev. S. Spooner, Roman Catholic

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Gex, chap. iii. v. 19. “ In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the

ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, aud unto dust shalt thou return."

THERE is not a flower which her hands have watered, or a shrub which they have reared, which I should not be proud to possess. They who know me must either be deficient in discernment, or they must be too well aware of the unbending nature of my principles, ever to expect me to offer incense to a crown, when unadorned by merit.

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could not preserve her from the hand of death. She is taken from her country, her family, her afflicted consort, and her expected crown, to that world whence there is no return.

Sermon preached by the Rev. E. Maltby, D. D., Buckden.

Eccles. chap. xii. v. 7, 8. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall re

turn unto God who gave it.-Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity."

TO princes then, and to the great oues of the earth, the melancholy event, we are now bewailing, reads a most instructive lesson. It teaches them that the noblest birth, the most elevated rank, are no more exempt from the evils incident to mortality, than the meanest origin, or the humblest condition. It teaches, that it is appointed unto them, in common with their poorest subjects, once to die, and after that, the judgment. It proclaims that, although their destinies are high, their responsibility is tremendous. It instructs them, that although their temptations to heedless enjoyments may be stronger than those of other men, yet that their opportunities, and their motives to act right, are, in proportion, more frequent and more urgent.

Sermon preached by the Rev. J. Forell, Penzance,

EccLESIASTES, chap. xii. v. 7. “ Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall

return unto God who gave it." WHERE could another case be found encircled with such a wide circumference of bliss and hope? But what are the expectations of man? What is all the glory of the world? What is there here below, the possession of which we are sure of retaining for a moment? This rising luminary which cheered our horizon is suddenly extinguished; two generations of princes are cut off at a stroke, and all their beauty and royalty are prostrated in the grave! By a warning, which sounds from one end of the kingdom to the other, we are shewn, that man at bis best state is altogether vanity; that the fashion of this world passeth away; and that they who rule as God, must die like man.

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Sermon preached by the Rev. Joseph Prendergast, Burnham.

Luke, chap. vii. v. 12. “ Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was

a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her."

YES! the Princess is not dead. She lives !-but not clogged with mortal flesh. She lives as a pure spirit. True, she no longer worships in “ temples made with hands,” but she worships with those “ tens of thousands of every nation and people,” who sing triumphant songs in that building of God " which is eternal in the heavens."

May these views of the immortality of the soul, and of the union in another state of the spirits of just men made perfect, actuate and console us in all our struggles and difficulties ; and, in particular, may they touch the heart of him who feels more deeply than we the melancholy circumstance which is the subject of these reflections.

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Sermon preached by the Rev. J. Kennedy, Teston, Kent.

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1 PETER, chap. i. v. 24. « For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.

The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away." VIEWED as a daughter, we see her an example of filial duty; as a wife, of conjugal tenderness and affection, seeking happiness for herself and her beloved prince in all those pleasing domestic joys that religion teaches and ensures; from the principles of that religion, voluntarily and from choice withdrawing herself from the follies and dissipations of a giddy, thoughtless world.

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2 Sam. chap. i. v. 17. “ And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over

Jonathan his son." ONE class alone of my hearers may feel too sensibly this calamitous event. If I might distinguish them I would say,

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