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Thofe, yet uncertain on whofe fails to blow,
These, where the wealth of nations ought to flow.
How powerful are chafte vows! the wind and tide
For abfent friends we were afham'd to fear,
To bring them as his flaves to wait on you.
In crowding heaps, to fill your moving court:
To welcome your approach the vulgar run,
And round him the pleas'd audience clap their wings.
To the METROPOLIS of GREAT-BRITAIN, the moft renowned and late flourishing CITY of LONDON, in its REPRESENTATIVES, the LORD-MAYOR and Court of ALDERMEN, the SHERIFFS, and COMMON-COUNCIL of it.
S perhaps I am the first who ever presented a work of this nature to the metropolis of any nation; fo it is likewife confonant to juftice, that he who was to give the first example of fuch a dedication fhould begin it with that city, which has fet a pattern to all others of true loyalty, invincible courage, and unfhaken conftancy. Other cities have been praised for the fame virtues, but I am much deceived if any have fo dearly purchased their reputation; their fame has been won them by cheaper trials than an expensive, though neceffary war, a confuming pestilence, and a more confuming fire. To fubmit yourselves with that humility to the judgments of heaven, and at the fame time to raise yourselves with that vigour above all human enemies; to be combated at once from above and from below, to be ftruck down and to triumph: I know not whether fuch trials have been ever paralleled in any nation the refolution and fucceffes of them never can be. Never had prince or people more mutual reafon to love each other, if suffering for each other can endear affection. You have come together a pair of matchless lovers, through many difficulties; he, through a long exile, various traverfes of fortune, and the interpofition