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next to a King : so that they will both always
HIS solemn Text seems to turn again up
on the Topick of Marriage, and fews the glorious Consequences of a happy Match. Maç trimony was the first honourable Calling of Man, and the best original Condition of humane Life, without a Fall. Mutual Love is the Fountain and Foundation of all Felicity, in a marry’d State; which must be maintain'd by a Harmony of Tempers, a Conformity of Wills, and an Agreement of Passions : with sufficient Prudence to support the whole Fabrick of Wedlock, in a just Decorum of reciprocal Affection, and reverent Behaviour between the Two peaceful Parties; such a happy Couple, as contend only to out-do one another in all the good Offices of Life, and Obligations of Honour, upon Occafion. In short, a Gentleman's good Fortune depends very much upon the good Graces of an indulgent Wife : so that according to Prov. Chap. xii. Ver. 4. A Virtuous Woman is a Crown to her Husband; but she that maketh ashamed, is as Rottenness in his Bones. Hence it is, that this wonderful Wife hinted at in these Proverbs, always proves so signally obliging to her beloved Husband, in caressing and honouring his Perfon; so fingularly affable, courteous, kind, constant and loyal to his Cause: that it would almost tempt him to become too uxorious and loving to a Fault; but that he remains the same tender Spouse to her still, and makes the samé suitable Returns of Love, without Effe,
minacy or Foolishness. She neither expe&s, nor desires to abridge him from better Bufiness Abroad, by indulging his Time away at Home, out of meer Complaisance to her Humour. No; she would not be so detrimental to the Publick. She consults his own Honour and Advantage more, than to make him so useless a Member of the Common-weal, by any private Restrictions of his Love, or domestick Impediments of his Liberty. Her chief Endeavour is, rather how to promote, than hinder his publick Services, and civil Imployments. 'Tis her Desire, above all Things, that he may be known in the Gates, and fit among the Elders of the Land. She would not have him so confin'd to his House, or wedded to his Wife, as eicher to prohibit or prevent his better Acquaintance with his Seniors, and Conversation with his Superiors. She will never prejudice or obstruct his Studies of Learning, Friendship and Preferment; but rather entourage or prompt-on the Progress, Proficiency, and Accomplishment of his Undertakings. She courts nothing more, than his Advancement to Honour and Dignity. 'Tis by the Power of her perswasive Endearments, that he makes himfelf the greatest Master of Ethicks, Oeconomicks, and Politicks, both in his own Family and StateAffairs. Her main Business is, to create him in her own Mind, under God, the sole Sovereign of her Will, the noblest Patriarch of her Power, and the greatest Monarch of her Heart. Her whole Inclination and Diligence is to magnithe World. Thus by the Motive of her Grace
res Fortune in and Goodness, as well as his own Application of Mind, his Morality becomes famous; his Oeconomy, admirable; and his Polity, either Ec
blefiaftical or Civil, universally celebrated. Upon the Fame of which extraordinary Qualifications, he is often preferr'd to the noblest Places of Trust at Court, and rais'd to the highest Seats of Glory or Authority in the Kingdom. Infomuch that he establishes himself at last, in the universal Reputation of being the exa&teft Moralist, for the Prudence of his prosperous perfonal Conduet ; the most noted Oeconomist, for the Paternal Care of his flourishing Houshold; and the most efteemd Politician, for the wise Management of his fuccessful Transactions in the State. In fine, the great Honour that a good Husband gets, by having fuch a virtuous Lady to his Wife, makes her the Queen of all Hearts, and crowns her with Popularity, publick Applause, or universal Acclamation, as well as private Affection. Upon this accomplish'd Chara&ter of her honoured Spouse.
1. HE becomes thoroughly well-known in City, Town and Country, as the Vulgar call it. Wherever he goes, whether in making some fhort Progress, or travelling upon a longer Tour, he is highly regarded. No Man can be more popular in all publick Places. He hasthe Vox Populi on his side, in a good Sense. In a Word, he is the Darling of his native Country. His Goodness, his Wisdom, his Justice, his Mercy, and his Charity, are only the Harbingers of his greater Peace, Honour and Grandeur to come. They are nothing but the Avant-Couriers of his coming, publickly wellknown almost every where, long before his glorious Arrival in Person. Thus King Charles the Second was generally well-belov’d. He had no great Occasion to carry any Trumpet along with him, to found his Glory, or give Notice
of his Restauration. The People readily did him that good Office, with louder Huzza's and Acclamations of Joy in his Travels. His whole Journey was but one continu'd Scene of Love, Triumph and Loyalty, upon his returning Home, to take his place among the Elders of the Land. His Progress was resounded all the way with the loudest Shouts of Gladness, next to this hearty Wish of - Long live the righteons LarGiver of the Realm ! În a Manner something like those old lofty lo Pean's of Victory in the ecchoing Air, when Apollo had formerly kill'd the formidable Serpent Python ; or as if St. George had Nain the monstrous Dragon again in England! Pardon the well-intended Metaphor. But how many glorious Examples also have we in History, of meaner Persons becoming Princes, and rais'd from a low Degree, to the highest Pinnacle of Honour, by their celebrated Virtue ? Their Learning and Judgment, with Fidelity, good Counsel, and Resolution, render'd them the greatest Hero's. Fame and Authority are the Two great Spurs of future Glory, and the never-failing, as well as flowing Springs of nobler Acti. ons, in a well. govern'd Kingdom: if Pride, Ambition, and Tyranny, do not spoil the One, or a mercenary Covetousness and Corruption do not poison the other. But there can be no good Management, where these are reigning Iniquities, and ride in Triumph.
1. HE is likewise as perfectly well-known at Court, or the King's Palace. For he will always have the Reputation of being the ablest Statesman at the Helm of Government. And he can. not be more celebrated for the Wisdom of dir. creetly governing in his own private Family, than he is renown'd for his political Admini
stration in Affairs of State. It would not, per-
becomes well-acquainted with the Ely