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Felicity does not depend upon pompous Titles, wealthy Offices, or jöfty State-Preferments. Such Vanities are only the false Shadows of true Virtue. Wisdom glories in nothing but ber Robes, Riches, or Places of Promotion. 'Tis granted, according to Pindar, that Glory makes Pains seem naturally pleasant; and Travel, vir. tually tolerable. 'Tis true, according to Tully, that it is the Property of a Stone, not to have any Feeling of the Difference between Praise and Dispraise : but then to forfeit one's Duty or Prudence by either, njust be deem'd a most dishonourable Action. To sacrifice Virtue for worldly Honour, is like Ixion's hugging a splendid Cloud instead of fund, and making Centaurs of Mankind. 'Tis only grasping at a glaring Glow-worm, or catching at an Ideal Nothing The Romans wisely joyn'd the Temples of Virtue and Honour together ; so that there was no Parrage into the Latter of Course, but through the Courtesies of the Former, to make them seem incorporated into one intire Composition, That Excellency which proceeds from Wise dom, and good Instruction, is the first step to true Honour, and ascends by Degrees to the highest Pitch of Glory, or Advancement in Virtue. This was reckon'd the noblest Emulatie on among the Ancient Moralists; as Hefiod asserts midye ON d'epis my ff Beñora, to rival one another, who Thould be most virtuous, valiant' or magnanimous. No other contention for Fame, Hopour, and Authority, can be lawful or Praiseworthy. Thus Themistocles, the noble, ftrove - still to 'excel Miltiades, for his famous Victory obtain'd in the Plains of Marathon, by fome more glorious Exploit. Thus Pompey, the Great, treated bis Captive King Tigranes bonourably;
by by pardoning and preferring him, whom he had vanquish'd in Battle, with the truest Magnanimity. Thus Agathocles, the humble, being a Potter's Son by Birth, would be serv'd at his own Royal Table with earthen, not golden Vesfels, in Contempt of Vain-glory ; to shew the mean original Extract of his Kingship. Thus
Abdolonymus, the meek-fpirited Prince, was never so puft-up with Pride and Haughtiness, as to forget the Garden, or deny the meanest Of fices of the Corn, Turnip, or-Pease-Field, from whence he came to the Throne, by Virtue and good Husbandry. But the wealthy Craffus made himself the most contemptible at last by his unbounded Ambition, as well as calamitous by his arbitrary Competition with other Princes; and spoild all his Glory, by his odious aspiring Covetousness..
CAST ALIO, the elegant Translator, seems to have understood this Verse ingenuously enough in the following Sense; that, A virtuous Woman being thus amply provided for, and well fortify’d bodily (as it were) against all external Accidents, or sudden Misfortunes, need not fear any Want in future Times, ori. Adversity in After-Ages. But, with Submission, I rather chuse to take Strength and Honour here, to signify the excellent Qua.. lities, and principal Ornaments of her Mind; to set forth the internal Beauty, as well as Virtue of her Understanding. And this Interprea' tation may be abundantly justify'd by the Pra. ctice of the Hebrews, who frequently us'd to express that which peculiarly adorns any Pera fon, and properly illustrates his Profession, by tire metaphorical Name of Cloathing; as it is in Pfal. cxxxii. Ver. 9, 10. Let thy Priests be cloathed with Righteousness : and let thy Saints hauts
for Joy. For thy Servant David's Sake, turn not away the face of thine Anointed. And so on Ver. 16. I will also cloath ber Prests with Sal. vation : -- But, "Ver. 18. His Enemies, will I cloath with Shame ; but upon himself, shall bis Crown flourish : so that Cloathing muft either sig. nify Glory or Disgrace, figuratively speaking, in a different Acceptation.
HOW much more elegantly fine and forid does this Transition of the Text appear from the Apparel of her Body, to the bright Array, and glorious Adornments of her Mind ! She cultivates this nobler Pare to Perfection. There is nothing wanting in her Virtues, to consummate the Royal Character of a Queen. The rare Qualifications of her Wisdom and Piety, her Charity and Devoutness, her Modesty and Refervedness; as well as her majestick Meen, grace. ful Gesture, polire Stature, exact Symmetry, amiable Complexion, and serene Aspect : All are inimitably illustrious, and far surpass the brightest Beauties in outward Habit, or another Element of Glory. She professes all the good Gifts, and practises all the desirable Graces of, Nature, in the highest Degree of Honour and Veneration. She makes her self a compleac Mistress of all useful Arts and Sciences, proper for her Sex, and the Accomplishments of her Understanding : being well read in the Books of Wisdom, Divinicy, and Devotion's well-acquainted with the Writings either in sacred, moral, or secular History; welt infructed in the Works of Truth, Integrity, or Righteous-, ness; to perfect her wonderful Acquirements, and set-off her natural Knowledge, as well as her incomparable Wit, most agreeably in Cone versation What superlative Excellencies foevery
the Heathen 'Goddeffe's of Old could boast of in Fiction only, or by the Complaisance of the Poets, lhe actually posesses in Reality, without a Complement. Her refin'd Parts, improv'd Faculo ties, or finish'd Inventions, all verify this Chao racter : so that, in fine, Learning and Philosophy may be said to be her Clogthing, as well as Honour and Virtue..
1. HEREBY, the Strength of her Body becomes wonderfully reputable, as well as remarkable to the Eye of every Beholder ; whether we consider the Vivacity, Vigour, or Validity of it, throughout the various Movements, either af Business or Diversion in the World. She is vistbly strong, lively, and laborious in her Exterprizes ; by exerting her self briskly in all the peculiar Powers of Industry, prudent Acs of Continency, or harmless Exercises of Healthi She is apparently chearful, sprightly, and indefatigable ; by sewing her great Diligence, in the most useful Occupations of her Ingenuity, or profitable Operations of her active Hands. She is molt eminently virtuous at last, as well as vigorous ; by nobly maintaining her Honour and Integrity, in the most erying Conjunctures, either of Delusion or Despair, under the worst of Fortunes. Thus, by Innocence and Alacrity, The surmounts all Difficulties. Thus she ftrengthens her Constitution, and fortifies her impreg. nable Castle of Virtue against all Attempts, Altacks, or Insults of Sickness, Adverfiry, Dijgrace, Dishonour, and the Violence of Foreign Enemies, as well as other domestick incroaching Powers, that would usurp upon her excellent Government. In short, by preserving her Chastity still inviolable, the consequently always injoys a firm State of Health, and an insuperable Strength of
Body: Body: never weaken'd by any slothful Effemia nacies ; never impair'd by any fordid Intemperances ; never tainted by any scandalous Corruptions; never adulterated by any enervating Iniquities; nor debauch'd, by any infectious Licentiousnesses of Life.
II. HERE BY, the Nobleness of her Mind appears surprizingly great and glorious. What can be more admirably Honourable, than to see her frequently aspiring up to Heaven in Thought, elevated in Expression, and soaring above little sublunary' Things in all her Actions ? She fit ft divinely fixes her devout Eye upon God Above in Faith, and then casts her delighted Heart upon the King her Spouse below in Love. Her pious Inclinations towards Both, are as unalienable and unalterably virtuous, as their Oba ject is immutable, and ineffably gracious. By ftri&ly serving, worshipping, and adoring her Maker, lhe glorifies her Marriage, and consum. mates the Bliss of it upon Earth. After the Performance of her indispensable Duties and Devotions, with no less Truth than Spirit, nothing interposes with the Care of cultivating her Royal Confort's Glory, and Felicity, next to fan&ifying his Life in this World, by her great Virtue, Veneration, Veracity, Fidelity, and Affection. Nothing can interrupt her Constancy, and Perseverance. Nothing else can interfere, or come in Competition with her conjugal Duty, but the Deity it felf; who gave them both their Being, and made them One by a myftical, as well as indiffoluble Union. An Union of Soul and Body, that cannot be broken off, but only by Death. Two such entire Lovers, as can never separate upon any dishonourable Account! Such a happy Pair, as have seldom been