TO fear God, is one of the first and greatest Duties of his rational Creatures.
THIS Duty implies that we should affectionately interest ourselves in whatever concerns the Honour, the Fame and Security of our Sovereign and his Government.
That some Forms of Government are preferable to others, cannot be doubted yet neither our Saviour, nor his Apostles have decided where that Preference is due.
It is the Band which unites the Interests of Individuals it secures to them their respective Rights, and preserves them from Injuries it is the Source of numberless Blessings, which are interrupted, or wholly vanish, the Moment it is disturbed.
All the dark, malevolent Passions of the Soul are roused and exerted its mild and amiable affections are suppressed and with them, virtuous Principles are laid prostrate.
TO comprehend the Wisdom of this Injunction the better, and explain the Duty before us, it should be considered, that Government is the only Means by which human Happiness can be attained.
A State infinitely worse than that which the most inflamed Zealot, the most violent Republican or Enthusiast even pretended to dread before the Rebellion commenced.
The Gentiles were under the Law and Light of Nature, and had traditional Instruction by that Law, that Light and Instruction they were also judged.
IT may be proper to observe further, that this Duty is not confined to those who live under any one particular Form of Government It extends to the Subjects of all regular States, lawfully established.
If notwithstanding, a Rebellion of the same Kind now afflicts this Country, we should not infer that this Institution is useless, or should be laid aside but just the Reverse.
A Failure in this Duty did once involve our Nation in all the Horrors of Rebellion and Civil War.
In a Word, whatever Portion of Happiness is allotted by Providence to the Children of Men, is attainable only through the Means of Government.
LET us honour the King by cherishing respectful Sentiments concerning him speaking of him with Affection, with Esteem and Reverence and by promoting a like Spirit and Conduct in others.