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so passionately lov'd her Spouse Abradarus, that
The could not survive him ; but slew her felf
upon his dead Body. The celebrated Sulpitia
could not be restrain'd from venturing her
Life and Fortune voluntarily through the Seas,
to find out her dear banilh'd Lentulus in Af-
Ai&tion. The renown'd Artemisia, after her
Husband's Death, drank-op all the Ashes of
his Body, and made her self his living Sepub-
chre: to thew that the Power of Love can
sometimes go farther than Mortality. The re-
markable Pisca loved her fick Spouse better
than her own 'Life; and finding his Distem-
per incurable, bare him Company to Death.
They both imbrac'd each other, and threw
themselves headlong together into the Şeą. True
Love fears no Shipwracks, Dangers nor Death.
What signifies the Peril of being drown'd to
a faithful Lover, or to be bury'd with her
Husband in a Salt-Water-Wave? They will
live together to their dying Day. Their Hearts
and Souls are inseparable. Their united Pas-
fions almost exceed the Power of Death it self
in Victory and Triumph. It can hardly part
them. Hero and Leander will love ftili, let
che Hellefpont be never fo boisterous, till they
are both cast away. They perhaps thought
it their Happiness to perish together for Com-
pany; but their fidelity and Amour will ever
be immortal in Ştory. However, our virtuous
Wife may peradventure prove a greater Fa-
vourite of Neptune's, or a better Friend of
Fupiter's, in her trafficking Voyages ; and, by
God's Blessing, safely bring back again, not
only her beloved Husband with Honour, but
also a suitable Return of Riches, to the wish'd
for shoar: which will be the making of the
Fortune of her glorious Family, as well as the

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Reward of her prudent Negotiations, after the most difficult Pallage.

II. B Y Land also, he will make him a most faithful and diverting Fellow-Traveller. The cold Alps cannot terrify her from following her beloved Husband's Fortune over them, through all Difficulties and Obstructions, either into Banishment or the Field of Battle. Her Affection is resolute; her Courage, undaunted; and her Valour, unlimited. These invincible Virtues will carry her through all Restraints, Confinements or Discouragements, to right her injur'd Spouse, and regain her own Liberty. Love can never be immur'd or imprison'd. His Fellowship is her sole Delight ; and the Fruition of his Company, the undeniable Satisfaction of her Soul. Wat cannot deter her from her Duty. She despises all Hazards. She will go through the most frightful Extremities of Fire and Smoak in a Camp, or the greatest Hardships of Wind, Water and Weather in Travelling ; to accompany him, to serve him, to venture her Life for him upon Oc. casion in all the Viciffitudes of humane Affiirs. In Circumstances of Distress or Persecution, she will be his chief Comforter, Preserver and Safeguard. If he is driven from his native Country, she will contentedly take the same Fare, and diligently indeavour to restore him to his own again with Joy. If he is taken Prifoner, fhe will heartily chuse the fame Lot, and cunningly contrive his Liberty, either by Escape, Rescue or Ranfom. If he is forc'd to fly from Place to Place; she will willingly run the fame Risque,' and constantly become his faithful Follower to the World's End. Neither the difmal Mountains of America, DOI

the fandy Deserts of Arabia, can discourage her from beari ng him Company in Search of better Fortune ; to make the best Advantage of their Exile in Foreign Commerce. What more can be desir'd ? Till divine Providence fhall be pleas'd to bless such a happy Pair, with immense Treasures, by their industrious

Travels, Tro Tibles and Traffick; and send them both fafe Homne again, by a prosperous Voy. age, to injoy the Fruits of their Labour, as well as the Reco mpence of their Sufferings in a

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THESE are the diligent Views of our virtuous Lady, both in Trade and Politicks, which come little short of the wealthiest Merchants, without any Disparagement, if she can effect her good Design by her trading Misfortunes for the Benefit of her banish'd Family, But, on the contrary, some 'unthinking, unthrifty and 'improvident Women, not to say Ladies of Quality and good Sense, are so unlike the Merchant-Ships here mention'd, that they feldom ever trouble their Heads about any beneficial Commerce, or bringing in their food from a-far for the Sake of their Families. They carce ever go farther than the East India-House for Apparel, the South Sea-Company for Money, or the common Markets for their daily Fare : of which the Two First spoil all other Trade at Home, and Traffick from Abroad; and the Lalt only fatten-up their Domestick Servants in to Idleness and Indolence, for want of better Work and more useful Imployments. What an Age of Dainties, Delicacies, and Delights is this we live in ; degenerating from the Rules of Providence, and the Wisdom of all Antiquity? Nothing is minded now.a.days but our own Eafe and Indulgence; nothing regarded,

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but our own Pleasure and Ambition, nothing valued, but our own Vanities and Extravagancies. Is it possible to believe, that any discreet Wives should take more Care of their Fineries, than their Families; of their Housholdstuff, than their Husbands; of their china, than their Children? Was ever any briţele worthless Waté so much admir'd, next to idolizing and adoring on't ? Nothing breeds more ill Blood, Quarrels and Uñeasiness at Home. If one single Dinh happens to be broken by fome Accident, there is no Peace in the House, till the whole Oriential Stock has been ransack'd to match it, and make-up the Set. Is it cre-, dible, that arfy prudent Ladies should turn such busy Stock-Jobbers; aś to part with their Plate and Jewels, to put their Money into precarious Funds; to lirik all their Fortunes in the Froth or Suids of the South-Sea, and beggar them, felves by chimerical Bubbles; in Contempt of Better Merchandise, or more certain and sera viceablé Manufacture's ? They rambled after Riches, and lost All" but the shadow in the Water. They were in Quest more of Wealth than of Wisdoni. And yet they had better have delighted in Things farther-fetch'd and dearer-bought, according to their usual Custom, If they had been bit of defrauded farther off, or in France, it would have been less Dissatisfaction. To be cheated at Home, is the main Grievarice. But I forbear to aggravate their Sorrow, Folly or Misfortu'ncs!

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Verse XV.
Ý SHE riseth also while it is yet Night,

and giveth Meat to her Houshold, and a
Portion to her Maidens.

PARAPHRASE. OVES HIS virtuous and vigilant Wife ne: K TV ver indulges her Self in over.

much Sleep;as not only hurtful to On her Health, but also prejudicial to her Houshold. Affairs: well-knowing, that her Family requires a watchful Eye, as much as the stands in Need' of Reft. She is therefore an early Riser; which is both Good for her own Body and her Family-Business. She scorns to lie 'a-Bed after Break of Day, and neglect her bounden Duty. She is a Woman of greater Diligence; and generally gets up the first of the Family : either to make Provision for those

Men-Servants that are going Abroad to work Į in the Fields, or to set her Maidens their sem i veral Tasks at Home. She forecasts all her

Domeftick Affairs over.night, and rifes before Day-Light to set all her Things in good Order.. Thu's after she is up fo early in the Morning, and has paid her Devotions to God firft for her felf, Husband, Children, Servants, and familiar Friend's ; begging his divine Bler fing upon all their honelt indeavours: Then the falls immediately to work, preparing for her Houthold their Meat in due Seafon, and

pros.

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