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upon these thy servants, George our king, and CHARLOTTE our queen, here prostrate before thee at thy footstool, and mercifully receive these oblations,” &c.

Which prayer being ended, the lords, who bore his majesty's regalia, drew near to the steps of the altar, and every one, in order, presented what he carried, viz. the crown, the orb, the sceptre with the dove, the spurs, the scepter with the cross, and St. Edward's staff, unto the archbishop ; who being assisted, as before, by the dean of Westminster, laid them decently upon the altar, and the lords who bore them retired to their respective seats.

In like manner, the lords who carried her majesty's regalia, delivered them severally in manner as before, viz. first the crown, then the scepter with the cross, and lastly, the ivory rod with the dove, and retired to their respective seats.

Which done, the persons representing the dukes of Aquitaine and Normandy, with the great officers, viz. the lord chancellor, the lord treasurer, the lord president of the council, and the lord privy-seal, together with the lord high con. stable and the earl marshal, repaired to their seats on the south side of the area, behind their majesties chairs, where the lord high steward had immediately before seated himself.

THE LITANY. Their majesties arising from their chairs, and kneeling again at their faldstools, which were now placed facing the east, the queen's on the left hand of the king's, the archbishop ordered the yeomen of his majesty's vestry to give notice to the bishops of Chester and Chichester to read the Litany; which they accordingly sung,

“ O God the father of heaven,” &c. The choirs sung the responses, the Dean of Westminster kneeling on the left hand of the king, a little behind his majesty ; after which, viz. at the end of the collect,

“ We humbly beseech thee, O father, mercifully to look upon our infirmities."

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the archbishop, being all this while at the north side of the altar, said these two prayers :

“ ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, creator of all things, king of kings and lord of lords, give ear, we beseech thee, unto our humble prayers; and multiply thy blessings upon this thy servant GEORGE, whom in thy name, with lowly devotion, we consecrate our king, &c."

“ O GOD, who providest for thy people by thy power, and rulest over them in love, grant unto this thy servant GEORGE, our king, the spirit of wisdom and government, &c."

After the litany, the yeomen of the vestry carried back the desk and eushions into St. Edward's chapel, where they waited to perforın any occasional commands of his grace the archbishop of Canterbury.

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Then the bishop of Salisbury (nominated to the see of York) ascended the pulpit; and the king and queen, arising, seated themselves again in their chairs, on the south side of the area, where they heard the sermon, the king now putting on again his velvet cap of estate.

During sermon, the two bishops, who supported the king, stood on each side of him: the lords who carried the swords bore them erect, near the king, on his right side ; and the lord great chamberlain stood on the king's left hand.

On the east side of the queen stood the two bishops who supported her, and the two great ladies near her chair ; her chamberlain on her right hand, and her vice chamberlain on her left.

The archbishop of Canterbury sat in a chair, on the north side of the altar, and the bishops on benches on the north side of the area : and near the archbishop stood Garter king of arms, with several of the king's servants, who attended to do service, as also the serjeant and two yeomen of the vestry before mentioned, in scarlet mantles: on the same side, near the pulpit, stood the lord mayor of London and the master of the jewel-house: and at the angles or corners

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of the thrones, stood the four gentlemen-ushers daily waiters, richly habited.

On the south side, east of the king's chair, and nearer to the altar, stood the dean and prebendaries of Westminster; and near them the commissioners of the great wardrobe, as also the yeomen and grooms of his majesty's removing wardrobe, in their scarlet gowns, to place the chairs, faldstools, &c. as occasion required ; and king Edward's chair, in which his majesty was crowned, was placed about the middle of the area before the altar.

In the lord great chamberlain's seat, being a large box on the south side of the area, between the great south-east pilJar of the theatre and the next pillar eastward, were seated the princes and princesses of the royal family; and over them, in a large gallery between the said two pillars, ambas. sadors and foreign ministers, and strangers of quality.

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Ο Α Τ Η. Sermon being ended, the king uncovered his head, and the archbishop repaired to his majesty, and asked him, “Sir, Are you willing to take the oath usually taken by your predecessors ?

And the king answered, “ I am willing."

Then the archbishop ministered these questions; to which the king (having a book in his hand) answered as followeth :

Archb. • Sir, will you grant and keep, and by your oath confirm to the people of England, the laws and customs to them granted by the kings of England, your lawful and religious predecessors; and namely, the laws, customs, and franchises granted to the clergy by the glorious St. Edward, your predecessor, according to the laws of God, the true profession of the gospel established in this kingdom, and agreeing to the prerogative of the kings thereof, and the antient customs of this realm?'

K’ing. “ I grant and promise to keep them.”

Archb. "Sir, will you keep peace and godly agreement entirely, according to your power, to the holy church, the clergy, and the people?'

King. " I will keep it.”

Archb. Sir, will you, to your power, cause law, justice, and discretion, in mercy and truth, to be executed in all your judgments ?'

King. " I will."

Archb. 'Sir, will you grant to hold and keep the rightful customs which the commonalty of this your kingdom have? And will you defend and uphold them, to the honour of God, so much as in you lieth ?'

King. I grant and promise so to do.”

Then the petition or request of the bishops to the king was read by one of that sacred order, with a clear voice, in the name of the rest standing by : ' O Lord and King, we beseech you to pardon us, and to grant and preserve unto us, and the churches committed to our charge, all canonical privileges, and due law and justice: and that you will protect and defend us, as every good king in his kingdom ought to be protector and defender of the bishops and churches un. der their government.”

The king answered, “ With a willing and devout heart I promise and grant you my pardon; and that I will preserve and maintain to you, and the churches committed to your charge, all canonical privileges, and due law and justice: and that I will be your protector and defender to my power, by the assistance of God, as every good king in his kingdom ought in right to protect and defend the bishops and churches under their government."

Then the king rose from his chair, and, being attended by the lord great chamberlain, and supported by the two bishops, and the sword of state carried before him, went to the altar, and, laying his hand upon the Evangelists, took the oath following: “ The things, which I have here before promised, I will perform and keep. So help me God and the contents of this book;" and then he kissed the book.

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This being done, the king went to his faldstool (which was placed towards the altar) and knceled thereat; the queen in

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the mean time came from her chair to her faldstool, on the left band of the king's, at which she also kneeled, whilst the choirs sung a full anthem. .

After which, the archbishop said this prayer to the collect :

" WE beseech thee, O Lord, holy father, almighty and everlasting God, for this thy servant king George, that, as at first thou didst bring him into the world by thy divine providence, and through the flower of his age hast preserved bim unto this present day ; so thou wouldest inrich him evermore with thy bounty, and fill him with grace and truth, and daily increase in him all goodness, in the sight of God and man; that, being placed in the throne of supreme government, assisted by thy heavenly grace, and by thy mercy defended from all his enemies, he may govern the people committed to his charge in wealth, peace, and god. liness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

After the collect, the archbishop, with a loud voice, said:
Archb. • The Lord be with you.'
Response. “ And with thy spirit.”
Archb. • Lift up your hearts.'
Response. “ We lift them up unto the Lord.”
Archb. 'Let us give thanks únto our Lord God.'
Response. “It is meet and right so to do.”

Archb. It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty and Everlasting God, the exalter of the humble, and the strength of thy choseni ; who, by the anointing with oil, didst make and consecrate kings,' &c.

This preface being ended, the choirs sung an anthem; and in the mean time the king rose from his devotions, and went to the altar, supported as before, and attended by the lord great chamberlain, who disrobed his majesty of his mantle and surcoat of crimson velvet, which were carried immediately into the king's traverse in St. Edward's chapel : and king Edward's chair, with a footstool before it, being placed in the midst of the area, or sacrarium before the altar, and being covered over with cloth of gold, his majesty seated himself in it.

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