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Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty,
Instituted in London in the Year 1804.
KING OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND,
DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, &c.
The Translators of the Bible wish Grace, Mercy, and Peace,
through JESUS CHRIST our Lord.
GREAT and manifold were the blessings, most dread Sovereign, which Almighty God, the Felker of el mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when first he sent Your Majesty's Royal Person to rule and reign over us. For whereas it was the expectation of many, who wished *** well unto our Sion, that upon the setting of that bright Occidental Star, Queen Elizabeth of mast happy memory, some thick and palpable clouds of darkness would so have overshadowed this Laul, that men should have been in doubt which way they were to walk; and that it should hardly be kuun, echo was to direct the unsettled Slate; the appearance of Your Majesty, as of fde San in kis strength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mists, and guve unto all that were well affected erceeding cause of comfort ; especially when we beheld the Government established in Your Highness, and Your hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Tille, and this also accompanied with peace and tranquillity at home and abroad.
Bal among all our joys, there was no one that more filled our hearts, than the blessed continueace of the preaching of God's sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure, which ercelicth all the riches of the earth; because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that eternal happiness which is ebote in Heaten.
Then not to suffer this to fall to the ground, but rather to take it up, and to continue it in that state wherein the famous Predecessor of Your Highness did leave it : nay, to go forward with the confidence and resolution of a man in maintaining the truth of Christ, and propagating it far and next, is that which hath so bound and firmly knit the hearts of all Your Majesty's loyal and religious people unto You, that your very nume is precious among them: their eye doth behold You reita comfort, and they bless you in their hearts, as that sanctified Person, who, under God, is the immediate Author of their true happiness. And this their contentment doth not diminish or decay, heel every day increaseth and taketh strength, when they observe, that the zeal of Your Majesty toard the house of God doth not slack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifesting itself abroad in the farthest parts of Christendom, by writing in defence of the Truth, (which hath gira such a blow unto that man of sin, as will not be hcaled,) and every day at home, by religious and learned discourse, by frequenting the house of God, by hearing the Word preached, by cherishing the Teachers thereof, by caring for the Church, as a most tender and loving nursing Father.
There we infinite arguments of this right Christian and religious affection in Your Majesty; but none is more forcible to declare it to others than the rehement and perpetuated desire of accomplishing and publishing of this work, which now with all humility we present unto Your Majesty. For schen Your Highness had once out of deep judgment apprehended how convenient it was, thut out of the Original Sacred Tongues, together with comparing of the labours, both in our own, and ther foreign Languages, of many worthy men who went before us, there should be one more exact
Translation of the Holy Scriptures into the English Tongue ; Your Majesty did necer desist to Targe and to excite those to whom it was commended, that the work might be hastened, and that the
business might be expedited in so decent a manner, us a matter of such importance might justly require.
And now at last, by the mercy of God, and the continuance of our labours, it being brought unto sacle a conclusion, as that are kuve greut hopes that the Church of England skall recap good fruit