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denh; HE' for ilot comood, and
Publick, as well as her own private Family: No Hand needs be idle, and unimploy'd about her House, or within the View of the Vicinage where she lives, by her ingenious Profel. sion. For she sets all People at Work, as fal as lies in her Power, who are willing to take Pains for an honest Livelihood, and deserve their Bread. They cannot complain of Poverty near. her Perfon, for Want of Imployment.
II. HER Urefulness appears likewise as evidently observable, to a Degree of Eminency, in all her Works, as well as in making of fine or course Linen Cloth, for the Service of the World. She is continually acting for the general Good of Mankind; still doing something, that other people may be the better for't: as she thinks it her Duty, not only to stock her own Houfhold with Table-Linen, Sheets, Shirts, Napkins, or Towels, &c. in particular; but likewile makes them for publick Profit, either by Whole-sale or Retail Trade, and supplies the Merchants with great Quantities of White-Cloth, for the Benefit of ine Rest of Mankind in General. She fornishes them with the most v seful and substantial Things; not Tuys, or Geme Gams, or trifling Wares; but such solid Goods, I mean, as are the most serviceable of all others in a Family, as well as necessary for common Decen, cy and Cieanliness. How convenient then, and becoming is it for all people to stock them, felves well with this sort of agreeable Drapery, either for Bed or Board! But, it is almost im. posible, to enumerate the many excellent Como modities that proceed from the Operation of her expert Hands, besides fine Linens; which, perhaps, far outdo Holland, Cambray, Arras, &c. or furpass those of Sidon it self, in Fineness of
expert Hands. Holland, Cambray Fineness of
Workmanship. To fay nothing of MarriageGirdles, Ribbands or Ruffles, Hoods or Scarfs, Neckcloths or Night-Rails, now out of Fashion, and other curious Things more in Use : All which fhew this yirinous Manufa&turer, as well as Mera chandiser, to be the most useful of Women in brer, Generation, and the Produ&ions of her Ingenuity. 'Tis a peculiar Excellency; her In. ventions are always so Rare, as well as New; that her Wares, like Virtue it self, never grow obsolete, or wax out of Fashion.
VERSE XXV. V STRENGTH and Honour are her
Cloathing, and be foall rejoyce in Time to - come.
PARAPHRAS E. Espagues HUS is this virtuous Lady's Die
3 ligence, and Induitry, glori,
fy'd by the Text, accompany'd with the following Blessings ! Her principal Ornaments appear to be
approv'd of here, by the Firmness, Vigour, and Constancy of her curious Mind; confirm’d by the modest, comely, and diceni Behaviour of her active Body; and finally accomplim'd by the genteel, generous, and ho. pourable Way of her personal Dealing with all Maukind. Her civil, well-bred Treatment of others, is all of a piece with her own excellent Talents of Virtųe, Courtesy, and Affability; of
Com:plaisance, Humility, and Condescension. These Qualifications render her so compleatly happy at present, that they free her from all fear' of future Apprehensions ; either of ill Report, Casuality, Misfortune, Disappointment, or ineyitable Necesity. She is never afraid of what may happen hereafter, come what will ; but always wellprepar'd to meet even Old Age with Chearfulness, and to look Death it self boldly in the Face with joyful Satisfaction, or Tranquillity of Soul. She rejoyces in the State of Futurity, as a natural Change only for the Better. But so long as she lives upon Earth, to bless it with her Presence, The may easily be distinguish'd among the Multitude of ordinary Women, by her internal Virtues, as well as external Attire. You may know her almost at the first View, not only by her healthful Countenance, vigoa rous Conftitution, and the Comeliness of her outward Habit; but also by the visible Graces, transparent Beauties, and shining Glories of her inward Honour, and Happiness : insomuch that Health, Strength and Vigour, are her never-, failing Adornments, and the perpetual Çloathing of her admirable Person. Her Garments are all made up of Goodness. Her constant Dres-, ses and Addreffes, are all exactly adjusted to the strictest Morality in secular Affairs, and Religion in spirituals. To be brief, her whole Ha. bit, both of Body and Soul together, are curiously display'd with Love, Peace and Righteoufness; with Honour, Prudence, and Loyalty to. wards her Lawful, Princely, or Royal Confort. : And the Time will come, when she shall have the greatest Reason to rejoyce exceedingly, upon the Consciousness of her own Merit, as well as Re. ward. She will then be self-convinc'd, and fur.... prizd with Joy at the Dignity of her virtuolis
Array in Robes of State, or other popular Honours, sufficient to crown' the Happiness of her Husband, and procure her self the richest Diadem of Glory. Upon this honourable Marriage, like that of Solomon's with King Pharaoh's Daughter, they will assuredly both live afterwards like noble Princes indeed, in everlasting Transports of temporal Felicity, or humane Satisfa&ion: till they die lamented, and intail their Beat itudes upon all future Ages, their latest Pofterity, and even Time it self to come, thropgh an uninterrupted, and endlefs Injoyment of them suce ceffively in this world.
CIRENGTH and Honour, without all
doubt, are Two great Blessings of Humanity. That may be taken for natural or political, in-bred or acquir'd; even to fignify any fecular Intereft, Power and Popularity, as well as bo. dily Force, perfonal Valour, and corporeal Vi. gour. This also may be interpreted, either ci. villy, morally, or natyrally ; to fignify any fingular Virtue, intrinsick Value, and real Applaufe, as well as magnificent Titles, either gi. ven, taken, or deferv'd, by Principles of Inre. grity, and glorious Transactions. Glory and Renown, when they are not so ambitiously fought for, as highly merited, or unwillingly receiv'd, magnify the Fame, and brighten the Character of the greatest Heroes. We ought not to seek for Praise and Preferment, by private Pride or Prefumption, but by publick Profit and Advantage, we should defire nothing but what we are able to perform, for the general Good of all Government, and humane Society. Every Map of us becomes Blame-worthy, who undertakes that which is above his Strength, Honesty and Uprightness to accomplish. An ill-guarded Ambition, is a dangerous Point, as well as impolitick. Cicero hints it to be a miserable Felo de fe, or Self-murderer. Justice is frequently forgotten, where it reigns in Triumph. It has been the Bane of many Kingdoms, as well as Persons, I Princes or potent ates. It may make a Phaethon of a Man, but never a Philosopher, His Honour was all in a Blaze, and set the World on Fire. Timon calls it the very Element of Malice and Mischief. It ruind both the Romans and Grecians in former Days: to say nothing of the present State of Great-Britain, France, or other Countries. Witness the sad Party-Disasters of Cæfar and Pompey ; who could suffer no Equal, no Superiour in Glory: the factious Deyastations of Marius and Sylla; who could endure no Rio vals in Greatness: the fatal Destructions of 0.& avius, Antonius, and Lepidus ; who could bear no. Contenders' with their triple Sovereignty, by their cruel ambitious Arms, till they lost it for a better Monarchy. There are ipfinite Examples of its Fatality in all Histories, both Ancient and Modern : in all Duumvirates, Triumvirates, Decemvirates, Quindecimvirates, Vigiptivirates; Com mon-wealths, Iluralities of Horch-Potch-Authority, or such such like Gallimawfries of Government, and Usurpation. But the true Way of aspiring to Honour and Greatness, is by Peace, Justice and Mercy ; Truth and Righteousness. A happy Life, as Seneca says, does not consist in fóllowing the Fashion, or the Multitude, in Choice of Kain.Glories ; but in despising the popular Praise, Pride, and Grandeur of the World.