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tent dedicated to the service of Queft. II. Which are the objects God. This tent was set up and most worthy of attention between dedicated in the year before the settling of England under one Christ fourteen hundred and ninety. sovereign and its conquest by The recollection, therefore, that a William the Norman? great event happened about five The union of the various governhundred years before the building ments in England under one head of the temple, will lead us nearly was completed by Egbert in the to the time when the Israelites year 827 : the important battle went out of Egypt: and it will not which gave the throne to Wilbe difficult to recollect the subtrac- liam the Norman took place on tion of ten from this number, and the 14th of October 1066. The tbus will be fixed in our memory first event gave England a decided a leading date in the Jewith history, superiority over the rest of the or the year fourteen hundred and isaud, and it was an object of reninety before Christ, the year mark- fpect to the powers on the continent ed by the erecting of the tent in of Europe. But the great adranthe wilderness for the worship of tages resulting from such an union the only true God.
were much injured by two circumFive hundred years from the stances, which destroyed for a great building of the temple of Jerusalem, part of the interval mentioned the on this side of the date of its erec- peace of the new kingdom;---the intion, bring us to the reign of Da vasion of the island by the Danes, rius of Perhia, and to the year in and the increasing evils of superwhich he conceived that indignation stition from the arts, avarice, and againt the Greeks, which after im- ambition of the monks. mense preparations vented itself in The Danes first began their in-' fruitless efforts, and ended in the roads into the kingdom in the reign immortal honour of the Greeks, and of Egbert, five years after the union; the endless infamy of the Persians, and from that time to the reign of Sixteen years before this revolution Canute the Great, in the year 1017, of Darius, or five hundred and the country was kept by them in fixteen years before Christ, the continual alarm, and dreadful building of the second temple at scenes of devastation and slaughter Jerusalem was finished by Zoroba- occasioned the utmoft misery and bel, twenty years after the edict distress in every part of the kingo of Cyrus for the return of the Jews dom. The animosity between the into their own land, after a capti- two nations, the Danes and the vity of seventy years.
English, at last gradually subided ; Thus we have settled three im- they were foon blended with each portant epochs, which will be ofgreat other; and by the invasion of Wiluse to us in the history of the long liam the Norman, and the arrival of period from the flood to the birth a new set of foreigners, all the differof Christ; namely, the year four. ence between the Danes and Eng. icen hundred and ninety, distin- lith became matters of subordinate guished by the setting up of the confideration, and the very names tent in the wilderness by Moses for of Dane and of Danish extraction the worship of the one true God : were foon buried in oblivion. The the year one thousand, diftinguished Danes, when they first invaded the by the dedication of the temple isand, were heathens, and their of Solomon : and the year five fury was particularly turned against hundred and fixteen, distinguished priests, monks, and monafteries : in hy the dedication of the second tem• the latter they found abundance of ple by Zorobabel, a point of time plunder, and met with little rewhen the Grecian history begins fistance; and as the records of the to be of great importance.
times were chiefly kept by monks,