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excite us, moving in an inferiour Capacity, to a noble Emulation of so great an Original, and to copy after fo glorious an Example of Wif, dom; in Order to be like him in a lower Sphere of Life and Happiness, by our good Behaviour. Such a laudable Imitation of his : Virtues, it is to be hop'd, will prove the current Felicity of our Lives ever after, without any Danger of a Fall, or relapsing into the contrary Vices ,, e. specially upon considering the Caution given us of Solomon's Vanities, Frailties, and “Sins he had s been drawn into by the Snares of strange Women, " in his Juvenile Years: who had made this « admirable, Person as great an Example of Folly " afterwards, as he had been before of Wisdom: But his hearty Repentance salv'd all, heal'd his Sores, cur’d the Evil, and render'd him the great Ecclefiaftes of the World.
II, HOW well does her Royal Majesty, as a most exemplary loving Mother, here discover her good Nature and Tenderness, by discharging her bounden Duty and Conscience to her dear Son in this Lesson of Virtue! How is she wrapt up in his Welfare and Wisdom! The Instruction of her beloved Darling Prince, the growing Hopes of her noble Family, is the great Concern of her Life. Nothing comes in Competition with it, but God and her Spouse; by the ftri&test Obligation of sacred Worship, divine Reverence, and humane Honour, in the first Place. But when they are both duly ferved, her next Care is to cultivate the natural Endowments of his Mind, with the utmost Satisfaction and Pleasure of her own Soul. And, Thanks be to God! we have many good indul. gent Mothers at this Time of Day; who, out of Natural Affection as well as Duty, follow her
glorious glorious Example in the early Tuition of their Children; who take the greatest Care of their Well-doing, and are generally folicitous for the Improvement of their Understandings, by instructing them in the Principles both of Mor. rality and Religion, as well as cultivating both their Bodies and their Minds with good Education in their tender Years. Carefu] Mothers ! who never leave their Children wholly to their own Evil Geniuses, wild Inclinations, or the Liberties of the wide World. Who never abandon them to shift for themselves, and to choose what Perswasion, or what Way of Living they please, that moft ftrikes their fond Fancies, or gratifies their giddy Brains ; untaught, unadvis'd, and perhaps undone at laft for Want of such wholesome Counsels and Qualifications of Virtue, as their negligent Parent's ought to have given them in their Infancy, and inculcated when they came to Maturity of Rea
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To keep good Company ought to be the first establish'd Principle and standing Precept of all youthful Instrution. Civil Conversation is certainly the juft Delight of the wifer Part of the World. But chen our common Chat in Private requires, either the strictest Regulation of Thought, and exa&test. Government of the Tongue, or the earliest Reformation of Manners, and Aversion of Libertinism ; for fear of publick Censure, Reflection or Scandal. Giving Offence by loose, Table-Talk will always be accounted a Breach of humane Society and familiar Friendship ; as well as the Diffolution of Virtue and Honour, off the Lip of an immodest Mouth. Wo be to the Offender! For what can be the End of his ludicrous Fooleries;
lufcious Discourses, or vain Babblings in Company? Let himself judge, if any Good can come ·on't; if any Applause; if any Approbation; if any Interest, either Temporal or Spiritual, can accrue from such vile Talking, of immoral Smut, Bawdry and Prophaneness, by whole-sale, among virtuous Hearers. 'Tis nothing but vending of bad Air; spreading an infectious Breath, or at least retailing of Smoak and Ashes, Froth and Vapours. Let his own Conscience be the Court, and his last Appeal made to common Modesty for Convi&ion. However surely no young Stripa ling, how guilty or gallant soever, can pretend, that either his Mother or his Master ever taught hịm such licentious Lessons. But the Degeneracy must proceed rather from evil Communication, or the Corruption of a deprav'd Nature. And yet nothing exceeds, or comes up to Burlesquing of Scripture, sporting with Blasphemy, and ri. diculing Religion, for Wickedness among some modifh Gentlemen. When Mysteries of Faith are made a Banter ; and Miracles, a Mockery : Woe betide the merry. Jester, the miserable Blafphemer, the diffolute Tranfgreffor of common Senle, Law and Reafon! But a person that is foul at Heart, will ever be as foul in the Mouth; and deserves the severest Sarcasm of the Psalmist for his Pains: For who but a Fool would have said in his Heart, There is no God? Let the most harden'd Atheist make the Refle. &ion, and seriously consider, that if there be none, we are all in as good a Condition as himself; but and if there be one, (as undoubtedly there is, and he must believe it, if he will fairly give himself leave to look out of his Eye-Lids) What a dangerous Condition is he in? Natural Reason should induce him to chew
the Cud upon this Argument for his Convere sion. However, 'my Businefs is with Believers, not Infidels. Give me Leave then to recommend the whole Book of Proverbs, as the best Sum. mary of Instruction, that Parents can give their Children from their Cradles ; either for the Study of Wisdom, the Prolongation of their Lives in Peace and Prosperity, or the Keeping of better Company, and Conversation, than that of profligate Atheists, foolish Deifts, or lewd Libertines. Nothing ought to be more abhorr'd, than irreligious Buffoonry; or more despis’d, than spiritual Merry Andrews. Let their dutiful Children rather learn those incomparable Leffons of Virtue; often read and revolve them, till they have made the deepest Impression in their tender Hearts, Minds and Memories. They will accomplish them, by the Grace of God, in their Manhood with inexpressible Glories, of Understanding, Knowledge and Discretion ; of Justice, Judgment and Equity; of Chastity, Charity and Temperance; of Protection, Safety and Success; of Piety, Patience and Preserverance to Eternity, in Pursuit still of a more blessed State of Life towards the Consummation of all Happiness. .
ON the contrary, alas! there are some Mothers now-a-days, that would fain be thought careful and indulgent Parents; and yet rarely send their Children abroad to any School, (except that of Dancing) either for Writing, Reading, or Accounts ; for good Breeding, or more neceffary Needle-Work; to learn the Rudiments of Religion, or to be instructed in the Fundamentals of Christianity, by praaising upon the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, rather than the Antick Gesticulations
of the Body: Which shews, that they have a greater Value for the Education of their Heels, than the Instruction of their Heads. I am not speaking against the Genteetness of that Pro-' fession, or the Lawfulness of that Practice ; but it would move any good Man's Indignation to consider, that the blessed St. Fobn Baptist loft his Head by à Dancing-Bout. However, such careless Mothers as these, often teach both their Sons and Daughters a viler' Lesson of Life at Home; a false Lesson of Folly and Vanity ; of Pride, Luxury and Liberty ; of dressing fine ao lamode, to the Prejudice of their nobler Parts, or the Disadvantage of their Devotion ; and of mispending their Time in going too moch to Balls, Plays and Masquerades, or of frequenting the Theatre of Sin, and the Anti-Chamber of Iniquity, oftener than piously resorting to the House of God, to deprecate all Temptations of Levity, Incontinency and Debauchery: Which portends nothing buť a total Dissolution of good : Mánners, and prophesies little else, than an ini pending Ruin, or Danger both of Body and Soul, by the licenţious Practice. : The most Angelick Fopperies' ought to be funn'd, and alluring Appearances abridg'd; which only set forward People a Satanizing in their juvenile Years.
BUT what shall we say of another fort of indolent, idle Mothers, if there can be any fuch, as it is commonly reported, with as much Cre. dit as Reproach: Those that actually infuse ill Principles into their Children, instead of Virtues ; and bring them up to nothing but some jejune, barren, or base Observations of the Tea-Table, by their bad Examples? There they are oftentimes gosliping, back-biting and di