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then is the Dignity, Pre-eminence and Prerogative of Marriage! But then I mean such as are lawful, not Mock- Marriages; not dubious or stolen Ones in Fashion : which may perhaps be thought very sweet in the present Injoyment; but they generally prove bitter Waters at the Bottom, in the future Event. Stealing a great Fortune by Report, as clandestine Matches go now a days, often happens to be only marrying a Mistortune. However, what greater Comfort and Contentation of Life can there be, than to have a second Self in humane Society ; than to injoy such a faithful Partner and true Friend in both Fortunes? If he be rich, she'll increase her Husband's Store ; if poor, she'll inrich him; if sick, she'll nurse him ; if hungry, she'll nourish him ; if persecuted, she'll comfort him; if confin’d, she'll bear him Company; if melancholy, The'll divert him ; if solitary, she'll afford him sufficient Satisfaction at Home; and if he chances to go abroad at any Time, Me'll be sure
to make a most trusty House-Keeper in his Rei cess, and a just Steward in his Absence. By
Marriage a Man makes many Friends. An injur'd King sometimes recovers his Right by it. He increases his Allies, Kipsfolks and Neighbours by it. He multiplies his Pofterity by it. He fills his Royal Family with a numerous Issue ; a Progeny of Princes and Princesses in good Time, Uncles and Aunts, Nephews and Nieces, Brothers and Sisters, are all doubled and trebled for many future Generations. . Peace is many Times procur'd between great Emperors, Monarchs and Sovereign Princes by happy Inter-marriages. By Virtue of which, the fiercest Quarrels among them are
Ołten reconciled into a loving Oblivion ; the most turbulent Differences, cruel Dissentions or cross Divisions, appeased into a profound Silence or Accommodation; and the most bloody Wars hushd-up into the strongest Alliances of Friendship and Confederacies of Felicity: almost sufficient, not to fay powerful enough yet, to restore the loft Tranquillity of Europe to its former Glory in Christendom. But it would be endless to recount all the vast Be. nefits and Advantages of such a Royal Marriage, as King Solomon's is suppos'd to be in this Treatise!
NOW it is highly probable, that our young Solomon in Process of Time found out such a virtuous Woman, and marry'd such a venerable Wife: a Lady of the most illustrious Birth, the most charming Beauty, and the greatest Liberality! So fair, fo lovely, so precious ! fo faithful and fortunate ! such a Nanpareil, such a Phænix, such a Bird of Paradise! How shall I express her Excellency ? Our Language fails me in her Praise, upon the most necessary Harangue. In whose Virtues her inamour'd Spouse injoys not only the real Riches and Honour ; but all the Satisfactions and Felicities of having such an uncommon Blessing; of poflefling so valuable a Jewel in his owo Bolom. What Confidence and Trust would any Manor Prince of Goodness, Judgment and Wisdom, have a Reluctancy of putting in such an amiable, faiihtol, virtuous Woman? In this case, if he had been marry'd sooner, it had been better for Himself, Friends and Family. "
BEHOLD then her rare Qualifications and wonderful Indowments of Mind ; her Chastity, or Prudence, her Frugality, her Diligence, and
her Singleness of Heart towards her loving Husband, the same with his own in Affectie on! His Domestick Affairs are well manag’d; his Bed, well made ; his Children, .well taught; his Servants, well fed ; his Family, well governed ; and the Poor, well imploy'd, or liberally reliev'd. Nothing equals her Industry, comes up to her Education, or exceeds her Discipline. Her Bounty and Liberality are universally known, and sensibly felt to her utmost Ability. By her singular Love, Courtesy and Affability, the preserves her dear Spouse from having the least wand'ring Thoughts, or hankering after other Women, as well as from falling into Pallions of Intemperance, and following the Infatuations of a discontented Mind. By this means, he begins to take a perfe&t Delight in her Company alone ; as if he was wedded again to her Conversation, as well as her Person before; and becomes at last only not too uxorious, not fond or indulgent to a Fault. Upon this, he intirely falls in Love with her Veracity, and makes himself her fole Rival. . In fine," he thinks himself highly oblig'd, wholly to confide in her Con. dučt; without having the least Suspicion of any foul Play, Levity, Unfaithfulness, Indiffe. rency, Carelesness or Negligence in his Affairs, either of the greatest or smallest Importance.
THE Blessings of Heaven will assuredly be his portion every Day, whoever marries such a happy, pious and perfe&t Lady. Her Spouse
who meets with her is a blessed Man, and 1 may thank God for his good Fortune. She
will always be true and faithful to him in all the Vicillitudes of humane Affairs, both in Sickness and in Health ; and never fail of tenM 4
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derly sympathizing with him in Adversity for his better Consolation, or of heartily rejoycing with him in Prosperity, to inhance his pleasure, and double his Satisfaction. He may safely trust her with the Care of his soul also in some Measure, as well as the Cure of his B dy, and comfort of his Mind, under any disturbing Disaster or dangerous Disease; because of her great Devotion, good Counsel, and kind Alistance, as far as lies in her Power,
I. IN Prosperity, he may be sure to have a joyful Partner, and Partaker of his Superfuiries ; still industriously improving his Estate, and adding her own to his unlimited Felicity ; still inriching his Coffers, and ennobling his Riches; still accumulating his Treasures, or aggrandizing his Wealth equal to his bounti. ful Liberality and benign Charity towards the Poor. She can easily prevail with him rather to build Alms-Houses, ere&t .Hospitals, or found Colleges with his superfluous Money, to eternize his Memory; than to squander it away in Hunting, Hawking and Horse Racing, to misspend it in Sports and Pastimes, or to play it away at the Gaming-Table, only to make him. self at last a monumental Beggar. She can pow. erfully difluads him from keeping ill Company with lewd Women, or carowzing with inteir perate Wine. Bibbers; and lavishing a plentiful Estate away against the Wall, as the Vulgar call it by a worse Name; whereby he may perhaps impoverish his suffering Family, and bring his Children at last to the Paşish. She can readily perswade him to nobler Things, and win him over to more honourable Undertakings by her Indearments. Instead of griping the Poor, or spoiling the Needy, she
will will always be pressing her Husband to relieve them out of his great Abundance; to support them in their Necessities with what he may very well spare by the Blessing of Providence; to give Drink to the Thirsty, to feed the Hungry, and to cloath the Naked : rather than strip him to the Skin, or pinch, starve and imprison a miserable insolvent Debtor; only to make-up an ill-gotten Golden Fleece at Home by Oppression and Covetousness. She will never diminish his Substance by her own Profuseness, or Extravagancies of Dressing and Gaming, Jaunting and Junkering Abroad; either with too splendid a Retinue, or too gaudy an Equipage. No; she is a wiser House-Keeper, than to be guilty of such scandalous Prodigalities!
II. IN Adversity, he will certainly have the most indearing Companion of his Misfortunes or Miseries. She will let him want for nothing that Art or Nature can afford; nothing that can be had for Love or Money, within the Compass of her Power, Friendship and Interest. She will ever be comforting him with her own Contentment; and contriving his entire Satisfaction. She will never cease reviving his dejected Spirits with her delightful Discourse, and raising his noble Courage with the most promising Views, in Expectation of better Days. · God governs the World still, and can work Wonders; even to the Degree of stopping the Sun, or making it go back upon the Dial. He can make these dry Bones, live again; and restore an afflicted Family, that was almost extinct, to its pristine Glory, by her own prolifick Blesings. She can give him the Consolation of Horace's happy Olim