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What we see in the world around us, proclaims to us, in the most distinct and solemn tones, that our own National Safety now depends on the character and principles of our National Education.
We ourselves have had internal warnings of the same truth: we have witnessed scenes of tumult at home-civil coercion has been necessary; and no wonder. We have neglected to raise in time the preventive voice of Religion, and have therefore been obliged to use the punitive arm of Force.
And while we thus punish others, can we flatter ourselves, that we, ourselves, have been guiltless? Or, whatever man may say, can it be imagined that in the eye of AlmiGHTY God, the actual delinquents in these outrages are the only criminals? No: we, we ourselves, I say, both the Clergy and Laity, who have supinely allowed them, and those multitudes who are misled by them, to be without sound Religious Education we have much to answer for. In their sins we see the bitter fruits of our own neglect. We are, therefore, guilty, in a certain degree, of the very offences which we punish. Therefore, physician, heal thyself! Let not this warning be thrown away by us. God grant that private exertions, aided by the wisdom of Parliament, may be enabled to retrieve what is lost, and to strengthen what yet remains ! Then we shall not be confounded in the perilous time, and in the time of dearth we shall have enough". Then of our beloved England it will be said, thy children are taught of God, and great is the peace of thy children". And we shall enjoy the blessings of true wisdom; and they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and as the stars, for ever and ever.
It only remains that I say one word concerning the Schools which claim your aid to-day. They are based on Christianity, as taught in the Church of England : they instil the great principles of religion and loyalty inculcated in the Holy Scriptures and exemplified in the Book of Common Prayer: they are connected with this Parish Church with that Parochial Font, and with that Parochial Altar. They depend for their existence on your Christian liberality. Their system has been tested by time, and blessed by God; they have long floua Psalm xxxvii, 19.
b Isaiah liv, 13. c Daniel xii. 3.
rished, and are now commencing a second existence in a more spacious and handsome edifice-one more suited to their importance, and to their connexion with this noble Church, -I had almost said, this magnificent Minster. They therefore require additional efforts on your part. It is for you to support them in a manner adequate to their importance and their exigencies. To your bounty, therefore, let me earnestly recommend them; and may your liberality to them bring down a blessing from Heaven on you who give, as well as on them which receive, through JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!
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