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cepts that have been given them in their Minority; inftill'd like primo-genial Water, and stamp'd on their Minds, like Impressions in Wax: That, of making a handsome Provision for their future Subsistence, and putting them in the most likely Way of living well in the W orld ; left they should wean their Affe&tions, and take ill Courses, by dishonest Shifts, to supply their Necessities, for Want of sufficient Allowances, or competent Portions: That, of sets ting them a good Example against Lying, Swearing, and Drunkenness, as well as all other fashionable Iniquities of ill-bred Sinners, and modish Vices of the Age ; which catch like a Contagion, infect the Soul, and poison the whole Mass of Blood in a Family: That, of blessing them with their Virtues, and praying daily, duly and earnestly, not only for their present Protection, but future Felicity, both in their spiritual and temporal Eftate, by his divine Providence; and, if therefore, as the heavenBy Author of the Whole Duty of Man religiously advises, Parents have any Bowels, 'any Kindness towards their Children, any real Defire of their Prosperity ; let them take Care, by their own godly Life, to intail 4 Bleffing upon them, and their Posterity : Finally ; That, of not oppressing their forward Children with onreasonable Burdens, or immoderate Commands, only to exercise their own imperious Austerity; especially in crossing their youthful Affe. ctions, by a magifterial Morofenefs, or ill-natur'd Authority of breaking-off an old-fix'd fece tled Love perhaps, and forcing them to marry against their own virtuous Inclinations, for Wealth, Honour, or the most Money in the Market, according to a Smithfield-Bargain. Such
a disagreeable Marriage has no Royalty in it; nor Religion: and may prove fatal, but never fortunate. However, in short, such instructive, affectionate, and indulgent Parents, as punctually perform those Obligations requir'd Above, both by divine and humane Laws, highly deserve the greatest Bledings of their indear'd Children; and otherwise may certainly expect, how unreasonably, or unjustly foever, their bitterest Curses and Maledi&tions. · BUT I cannot conclude this Remark, without Teflecting upon a general Fault of educating the Children of great Quality, with so much unhealthful, and effeminate Indulgence; as I find it ingeniously express’d, and as satyrically exploded in The Guardian's Instruction, pi 65. co this Ef. fect : Cure the Mother, if you can, says he, of the Disease callid Fondness ; otherwise the Child will be bred so tenderly, as to be good for little or nothing but Laziness. Every Door must be fhut, and a Fire made in his Chamber upon Midsummer-Day, while my young Master is a dressing, for Fear of catching Cold: so that many Times, what with Chocolates, Fellies, Dainties, Ter's, and other Mother-like Tendernesses, be does not prove hardy enough at last, to be either healthy or wise. But give me a curl-pated Boy from a Beggar's Side, (the phlegmatick Offspring of Butter-milk and four Cheese) who runs bare beaded all Day, and snoars all Night upon a Bag of Straw. Take this ratio onal člod, I say, and Spirit bim into Turky :
And after a course of Hardship, in the Corapals of Thirty or Forty Tears Travel, you may, pera haps, meet him at the Head of an Hundred ThouSand Men, matching Politicks with all the witty and civiliz'd World. Certainly Gentlemen are borne with better Blood, Spirits and Parts, thar such a
Fellow of mean Extračt : But thus you see what Wonders good. Discipline can do with such an one while by too much Warmth, Laxity or Luxurioulness, the very Soul of the other transpires and wasts: through the Softness of his skin. This is the magnificent Character given of a promising Youtha well-educated and brought up to Hard Meat, let his Extraction and Pedigree be what it will, noble or ignoble in the World; under all the wholesome Severities of Scholastick Discipline : either in the Studies of difficult Learning, the Labours of aspiring Fortuné, or the Rigours of a grow. ing Genius. In fine, a strict Education seldom fails of making him a great Man in the Event; or å vi&orious César in good Time.
VERSE XXIX. 5 MANÝ Daughters have done virtuously;
but those excelleft them All.
not so barren and destitute, either
Persons of Nobility, Quality, and Distinction among the Fair Sex; many devout Ladies of great Integrity and Religion, as well as noble Extraction; many deserving Maids of Honour and invincible Chastity, from the Court to the Cottage ; many indulgent Mother's of the nicest Concern, Affection, and Tenderness for their Children; many indearing Wives of the
moft dutiful Inclinations, both in Words and A&tions, towards their Husbands; and finally, an innumerable Multitude of very obedient Daughters to their tender Parents, who brought them up with the best Education: As all these, withont doubt, have done virtuously, by living up to the laudable Character of Grace, Goodness and Wisdom in their several Conditions, either in a single or a marry'd State of Life. But this incomparable Queen of Love and Virtue here spoken of, hath excelld them All, and exalted her Praises above any common Exception or vulgar Competition of Glory. They have behav'd well perhaps in the Choice or Treatment of their respective Spouses of a lower Degree; but fhe much better, by fixing her Affections and Fortune upon her Royal Confort of a higher Character, in the general Opinion of the World. They may have acted the part of industrious Daughe ters, by their good Conduct and commendable Housewifry, in their several Vocations of domestick Business, or Stations of the Conjugal Life, as well as in civil Concerns of Humanity, Dealing, Management, Converfation, or Correspondence Abroad : but nothing like to the Care, Prudence and Frugality of this virtuous Wife in these sacred Proverbs. For of all the modern Wives that have done worthily, or mightily ad., vanc'd the Welfare of their happy Families, Thou haft still the Preheminence, by way of personal Emphasis or folemn Allocution : as who fhould say expresly, there never were any marry'd Women yet to be compar'd to Thee for Excellency; and thy D'irtues wonderfully tranfcend their greatest Glories. In a Word, according to the Judgment of the Wise, and Wisdom of the positive Text, Ebe Merits of the most illustrious Ladies among
them of these later Generations, have hitherto come far short of her super-excellent Deferis and superlative Endowments of Mind...i
REM A R S. : ... COMPÅ RISONS are all odious with
such a virtuous Lady's Understanding, Humility and Holiness. The sublimest Flights would only fessen her sacred Character. They would extenuate her Worth, depreciate hier Vaque, and diminish her Dignity. It would look like putting a precious Femel upon a Level with Peble-Stones. Where the Sun is the Theme, we should have a Care of fullying its Glory, or lowering its Sublimity. However, we may be als low'd to admire what 'we cannot reach, and praise her wonderful Wisdom in all the extraordinary Offices either of Divinity or Humanity, of Morality or Religion, of sacred Communion or secular Society: We must, in Duty at least, acknowledge her bright internal Beauties and external Embellishments, which appear with so much dazling Lustre throughout her whole Composition. We cannot deny, with Submission, her visible Graces that shine in the dark like Diamonds ; fparkle in the most dismal Dungeon of Confinement, and burst through the blackest Cloud's of AMiction, Adversity, or Oppression, with the more fürprizing Splendour. Her diffusive Charms cannot be hidden' from humane Eyes. Her glittering Glories can nevet" suffer a total Éclypse by ary overshadowing Misfortunes, Troubles, Terrors, Tribulations or Dis: couragements of this world. Tis true; they may overcast, but never overwhelm her virtue far Furtune is far below the Greatness of -her