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AN

EXPOSITION

OF THE

XXXIX ARTICLES

OF THE

CHURCH Of ENGLAND.

WRITTEN BV

GILBERT BISHOP OF SARUM.

OXFORD:
PRINTED AT THE CLARENDON PRESS.
MDCCXCVI.

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TO THE

K I N G.

S I R,

HT* H E title of Defender of the Faith, the noblest of all those which belong to this imperial Crown, that has received a new lustre by Your Majesty's carrying it, is that which You have so gloriously acquired, that if Your Majesty had not found it among them, what You have done must have secured it to Yourself by the best of all claims. We mould be as much ashamed not to give it to Your Majesty, as we were to give it to those who had been fatally led into the design of overturning that, which has been beyond all the examples in history preserved and hitherto maintained by Your Majesty.

The Reformation had its greatest support and strength from the Crown os England; while two of Your renowned Ancestors were the chief Defenders of .it in foreign parts. The blood of England mixing so happily with theirs, in your Royal Person, seemed to give the world a lure prognostic of what might be looked for

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