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matiz'd by the ingenious Martial. She had not the patience or power to survive her beloved Husband Pætus, dearer to her than her own Life; but violently dispatch'd herself before his Execution. Alas! She stabb'd her Telf before his Face, and then gave him the Poniard, with this Assurance ; . .

- Vulnus, quod feci, non dolet, inquit: Sed quod tu facies ; hoc mihi, Pate, dolet ! Lo the Fidelity of the Lady! 'Tis your Death, not my own, that grieves me, and gives me this Wound. The celebrated Paulina could not find in her Heart to outlive her dear Seneca one Moment by her own good Will; for when, upon Nero's cruel Condemnation of him to Death, his Veins were open'd in a Bath, The did the same, and would fain have dy'd at once with him; by mingling the last Drop of their dying Blood together, for a memora. ble Testimony of their infeparable Union, and Affection of Hearts: but the unrelenting Tyrant prevented her by Force, and made her live a little longer in continual Sorrow, for the Loss of her loving Spoufe, her admir'd Philosopher. Not to say that these remarkable Instances of a desperate Fondness ought to be any Precedents, or Rules of Practice now among Christians, upon the most passionate Love. But Religion will not suffer our virtuous Lady to live her Husband to that discommendable Distraction. However!

I. SHE will do him Good, as long as she lives. This is the Wife a Man would heartily with for, to make his Life comfortable. Her whole Business, Care and Conduct, will be to serve her Husband faithfully in all his Affairs for ever, with the most winning Charms and in

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dearing Obligations. Let his concerns be either publick or private, she will have an engaging Hand in them, for his Benefit and Honour, as well as the Advantage of her Hours hold. She will be still studying his Health and Welfare, both at Bed and Board, with the greatest Concern and Deliberation of Soul; providing the best she can for his daily Food and Raiment, either as to his Eating, Drinking, or wearing Apparel ; and ordering his whole Family with so discreet a Management, that he must be ravish'd with the Wildom of her Oeconomy. 'Tis me that makes the truest House-Keeper, and always delights to be well employd at Home. And when she does go Abroad, which is very rare, and more for his Good than her own Satisfaction ; she will speak no ill of her kind Spouse her self, nor hear him ill-spoken of by others, without vindicati ng his Honour, Ingegrity and good Name. In all Difficulties, The'll be the readielt Asistant ; in all Dealings, the justest Accomptant; and in all Dangers or Troubles, the kindest Concomitant : couragious, constant and forward to take the utmost Care of him in Times of Tribulation; even to the venturing her own Life for his Escape, Liberty or Preservation. She fears running no Risques for his dear Sake. No Jayls can hold her ; no Confinements can detain her; no Travels can daunt her; no Mountains can deter her from palling through Desarts, Wildernesses, or the Wilds of Hardship, to come at her beloved Spouse, and obtain her Desire with Joy. Is her dear Husband lick? She's his constant Nurse. Is he well ? She's his chearful Companion. Is he at Home? She's his inseparable

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House-Keeper. Is he gone Abroad? She's his faithful Remembrancer and Manager both of his Domestick and Foreign Affairs ; never out of her Mind, neglected or forgotten, upon the longest Journey out of sight. The one is as the Shadow of the other's Body; never separate, never asunder. Absent or present, he is the fole delightful Darling of her Heart ; and will be ever so, to her dying Day.

II. SHE will do him no Evil, while the breaths in the World. A blessed Wife! Not to say a better than ever was in Paradise. Thanks be to Christianity for our Regeneration. We must bless God for all Benefits; and glory in the holy Trinity for our Creation, Redempti. on, and San&tification. She will never tempt her Husband to taste of any forbidden Fruit. She will not suffer him to fin, if she can help it, by eating his own Shame : but advise him sincerely against doing any Evil himself, and convince him of the Truth of her Counsel, Innocence and Uprightness, by her own good Example. Far be it from her Virtue, ever to meditate the least Harm, ill Will or · Malice, Revenge, Fraud, or Deceit against her Second.Self; and to rise up in Judgment against her own Bowels, or rebel against her own Flesh and Blood. She was not defcend. ed from such, a viperine Brood, or such a Cadmean Race of Self-Murderers. She owns no such froward Pedigree, nor untoward Genealogy. She is of a more generous Extract, and nobler Generation; of a milder Temper, and a more modest Behaviour from her Birth. To throw Reflections, cast Reproaches, or basely revile her Spouse, is quite out of the Way of her good Nature ; which lies far distant from the common Road of Ribaldry. This Evil of the Tongue she avoids by her natural Disposition, as religiously as if it was in her Litany; be deliver'd from all such vile Practices of Wedlock and Prophanations of Marriage. She never allows her Actions to be disagreeable to her best Thoughts, or to contradict the kindest Profesions of her conjugal Duty. Her Hands and Feet and Tongue, are all under the same strict Government of her wiser Head. Her Heart never goes astray from her lawful Husband; either to forget her Vow by any Defilement, or to forsake her Duty by any Disgust. It cannot excite her to part Beds with him upon every little Pett or Provocation; nor permit her to wander out of the Way of strictly worshiping him witb her Body, as well as Mind, till the final Separation of Death. She scorns ever to be unreasonably jealous of his exact Love and Virtue; or to entertain the least groundless Suspicion of his Continency, Conduct and Fidelity, upon a rash Judgment, without any Cause, as well as Conviction. This would be the greatest Evil she could do him in his good Character and Live. lihood. It would strike at the Root of his rising Fortune or Preferment. In a Word, she knows better Things than to breed ill Blood, or create everlasting Heart-Burnings and reciprocal Uneasinesses, like to be intaild upon the honourable Family, during her whole Life, thro' a mistaken Jealousy.

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