Argument on the sermon given by Archbishop Reynolds on the occasion of the King Edward III’s coronation, 1327AD.

“To Edward I succeeded his son, Edward II who, growing an intolerable tyrant, was in a parliament summoned by himself formerly accused of misgovernment and, on his own acknowledging the truth of this charge, solemnly deposed. When his son Edward III was elected with universal consent, Walter, the Archbishop of Canterbury preached the coronation sermon and took these words for his text: Vox populi, vox Dei, meaning the voice of the people is the voice of God.”-so little did they dream in those days of the divine right of monarchy, or that all power did not originally derive from the people for whom and by whom all governments are erected and maintained.

Vox populi, vox Dei. Homo homini amicus est. Ubi concordia ibi victoria. The voice of the people is the voice of God. Man is a friend to man. Where there is unity, there is victory.   . Baylor College performance.

Another interpretation is that of the celebrated John Wesley, the dissentient rejoinder once made to that well-known proverb, “Vox populi, vox Dei” “That the voice of the common people, yet it is as full of falsehood as commonness. For who sees not that those rack-mouthed hounds, upon the mere scent of opinion, as freely spend their mouths in scenting water, or like Actaeon’s dogs, in chasing an innocent man to death, as if they followed the chase of truth itself in a fresh scent? Who observes not that the voice of the people–yea, of that people that voiced themselves the people of God-did persecute God of all people with one common voice, “He is worthy to die’?

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