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who would be at the Trouble of buying such precarious Estates, that are liable to the most lamentable Accidents and After-Ruines ? Houses will always be tumbling of themselvas, sooner or later, through the Decay of Time ; but the the Earth is immoveable and firm as a Rock. The Foundation of it is everlasting, as well as inviting enough for other Persons perhaps to build upon in a good convenient situation. She relies more wisely upon the never failing Rent of the solid Ground, where the honelt Tenent is either willing or solvent. Thus the still inlarges her Purlieu's, as well as fecures her Landed-Interest; and can neves fail of Success, or fall short of making a plentiful Fortune, by Virtue of her saving Frugality, getting Diligence, and thriving Industry !

II. SHE plants a Vineyard with what she has gotten by her own Carefulness : highly preferable to all the empty Follies, Fish-Ponds and Aviaries; vain Grotto's, Visto's, and SummerHouses; which are usually admir'd, and made for the Adornment of an Éltate. It is of much more Use, Service and Diverfion, than bare Grass-Plats, or Groves of fruitless Trees. No Fruit or Flower Garden is comparable to it, either for Pleasure or Profit. They yield nothing like the lushious Grape. The Vine far excels all other fruitful Trees about a Country-Seat, and affords the most invigorating Juices to chear-up the Heart of Man, refine his Parts, and make him almost a Mercury for Wit and Eloquence. Pity it

Pity it should not thrive better in England, because of the Coldness of our Climate ! For we find more Virtue by the Drinking of genuine racy Wine moderat ly, either in Sickness or in Health; and receive mie

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Benefit from it, than all other Liquors put together, by common Experience, as well as the Physician's Approbation. Her planting of a Vineyard therefore was upon very good consis deration. She knew it would be of the greatest Advantage, and give the most Satisfa&tion in her Family, by keeping up the Chearfulness and Hospitality of her Houthold. All Mankind allow it to be far more wholesome or healthful, than windy Cyder, cold Perry, and flegmatick Malt. Drink ; or any other balderdash'd LowWines from the Fruits of our own Growth and Brewing of Mixtures. How commendable then must we own' her Choice to be, in making such a valuable Plantation for the Benefit of her House or nobler Entertainments !

VERSE XVII.

SHE girdeth her Loyns with Strength, and

strengtheneth her Arms.

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HUS preparing for the Business

of the Day, she dresses her self beT times in the Morning ; puts on her

Garments in' decent Order; girds

up her Loyns with Strictness, and strengthens her Arms for the faithful Work of her House. After this, being modestly equipp'd in a neat, plain and prudent Habit, proper for the Labour either of her pliant Limbs, active

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Arms; or diligent Hands; The first serves God with her Soul, fets her House to Rights in the next Place, and then makes ready all manner of Provisions necessary, for the good Entertainment of her well-fed family. By the Strength and Vigour of her Body, she excites her DomeRicks to an Emulation of Equality or Likeness of her Virtue. As she always took the best Method of being healthful and strong, by the regular Conduct of her Life, the injoyes the Benefit of Both, as the Blessings of her Virtue ; and exercises them, as well as they were bestow'd, for the Satisfaction and Service of her Houshold. They shall ever be tasting the Fruits of her Labour, and reaping the Advantages of her Industry. There's a perpetual Harvest, where she Sows. Her Servants live in Plenty by the Strength of her Arms, and rejoyce in the Abundance of her robust Hands. You shall not find a stronger Labourer in the field, among all the busy Reapers of her Gain; either more vigorously exerting their active Powers of Body, or giving a better Example of Aliduity, and Willingness of Mind. In short, se fortifies her felf by daily Exercise ; for he knows, that diligent Praćice quickly perfects the dullest Nature, sets an Edge on the bluntest Genius, and finishes the hardest Work. She loves tá put forth her whole Strength in any Undertaking for the Imitation of her menial Servants; that they may thereby follow her industrious Steps, to the full Stretch of their liveliest Powe ers, by exercising their Hands with Virtue, girding their Loyns with Vigour, and imploying their Arms with Vivacity. Those that will not be ađive in their Business, and doing their Duty, must needs suffer for it, and bea

come unfortunately Paffive by their Negligence or Tranfgression.

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EALTH and Strength of Body general

ly go together, and are almost inseparable Companions. They are in a Manner convertible Terms, and suppose one another in Fruition by Turns. The Larter is the natural Consequence of the Former in Liveliness. The One seems to be the first Principle of the other, naturally speaking: as much as Fire is the Cause of all primary Motion; and Motion again convertibly, the Caufe of all secundary Fire, in different Respeas. Life, Light and Labour, are the happy Effects of Both in Perfection. They are the greatest Blessings of a humane Conftitution. Neither Shape, Beauty, nor external Shew, can come near them for Efficacy and Happiness. To be Healthy, is the Goodness of God. To be Strong, is the Gift of Nature. To be Happy, is the special Grace and Favour of Heaver, and the End of all Religion as well as Mofality. Soundness of Wind and Limb, accompany'd with that of the Mind; which, as Juvenal well obferves, we ought to pray for earnestly : is almost of universal Power and Conquest in fecular Affairs. Bath joyn’d together in the fame Person, produce the most glorious Effects of accomplish'd Wisdom. They work Wonders in the common Business of Life, and eality surmount all Oppositions, as well as remove all Impediments in the way to good Fortune, spiritual Welfare or temporal Felici. ty. Blessed is the Man or Woman, that can preserve buth in a good Disposition, till the

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latter End of their Days! But without Health, our Strength foon fails us in our Hopes. It is either quickly weaken’d by frequent Indispositions, impair’d by chronical Distempers, or quite loft at last by some lingring Sickness. However, it must be granted, that moderate Labour and gentle Exercise, contribute mightily to the Prolongation of Both jointly consider’d. That is Self-Evident, and needs no other Demonstration than daily Experience. The pleafant Story of old Tithonus among the Poets, may easily convince us, that Early-Rising, Walking in the Air, and Working moderately fometimes, preserve Life very long; even till we are almost weary of our selves, and begin to beg for a Change, or a Translation. In this Café let Him be the Fable, as the long-liv'd Favourite of Aurora : and We the Moral, as the busie Grashoppers, or laborious Bees of the Day; strong, healthful and vigorous, without a Fiction, by our honest Imployments. But as for Transmutations of Bodies, or Transmigrations of Souls, I have no great Faith.

AN excellent Woman is ever best known, by the Health and Strength of her Constitution; always in Action, always communicative, ali Ways in good Humour: and either diffutive of Her self, her flowing Bounties, or her benign Influences in the happy Neighbourhood where she dwells, and they are bless'd with her inlivening Presence. She is, įn Verity, like ano, ther Amalthaa, with her Horn of Plenty and Abundance. Not to call her the Italian Ceres, as Horace hints at, who settled her Habitation there from a far for their Benefit. Her Fortune, in short, overflows the Country, by the Fulness of her Fruits and Productions. All

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