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lifications, he will make himself a most compleat Minister of State ; not only as highly du greeable to all humane Society, and acceptable to the whole Kingdom, but also as humbly grate. ful, faithful, and obedient to the King himself upon the Throne:
VIRTUE, as the holy Text teaches us, is the true Way to Honour and Preferment. By this Means a Man in publick Capacity may come, in Time, not only to fit down among the noblest Elders, Senators, or Peers of the Realm, with Glory; but also be intrusted in the King's Cabinet, for his good Counsel and Advice in hu. mane Policy; or at last he made as great as General Monk was, for restoring King Charles the Second, and re-establishing that happy Reign in Peace, by the Power of his Wisdom, whereby we enjoy this at present, in full Posession of Prosperity. But I forbear carrying this magnifying Remark to a higher Pirch, far from designing any odious Comparison, for Fear of Immodesty or Offence. 'Tis only to thew how an inferiour Person may sometimes raise himself to the greatest Glory, by his Virtue and Valour.
ALL virtuous Wives will ever prove so com. plaifant, as' to endeavour by their Goodness, in an inferior Degree, to ennoble their Husbands with the Happiness of chis Prince. like Gentleman in the Proverbs. But it is much to be fear'd, on the other Hand, that some Ladies of Gaiety are more unkind; and readier to do them a Disgrace, Prejudice, or an Injury, than to contrive their Advancement, or study how to raise their Fortunes at Court. How stately foever some of them may appear in their fulkome Fashiorrs, it may not always be for the
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Honour and Felicity of their dubious Spouses, but for the Sake of gratifying their own ambitious Gallantry.
VERSE XXVI. OSHE maketh fine Linen, and jelleth it;
and delivereth Girdles into the Merchant.
PARAP H R AS E. S E MIS valuable Wife's Industry is such, e s so great and remarkable for Variety.
ole that she makes use of several lucraS K cive Arts, as well as ingenious Exera cises, to inrich her family. As for loftance, the imploys her self in manufacturing very fine Linen, with embroidered Belts for Men, and Girdles curiously wrought for Women which the trafficks with, and sells to the Phænician Merchant, or other trading Strangers : so that she may justly be esteem'd as the most useful and meritorious of Wornan-kind', bis enn gaging her self in making fine Linen-Cloth, as I faid, and that of the most curious Make tooj for. extraordinary Occalions, or courser for ordinary Service. By this means, The finds Work enough for the poor Weavers, finishes it up for ready Sale, and furnishes the Drapers with the finest Lawns, Cambricks or Tiffanies, of all sorts, that can be made by Art, or wore by Nature. She also parts with them all at reasonable Rates, to encourage her Chape meren, and oblige the Coturniers that deal with her
to come again ; upon this Standard, that the Best of every Thing is abundantly the cheapest; goes farthest, wears longest, adorns hand fomeft, and does the greatest Credit to the Seller, as well as Service to the Buyer. Her Goods of this kind, are all very saleable, and suitable for the Mar. ket; if not generally fuperfine also, as well as ad. mirable Manufaktures. And then again she likewise makes Girdles, or other useful Things, for the genteel Wearing of young Men and Maids, or perhaps Bride-grooms and Brides too upon Occasion, according to the Fashion of the Country. She either disposes of them to the Mere chants, or probably merchandises with them Her self, and makes a considerable Return of them, for the Reward of her Labour and ingenious Curiosity. For, to be sure, the Girdles of her making, are always the finest, and yet the modestest, as welf as chastest of that Sort; either to set-off the Comeliness, preserve the Health, or secure the Virtue of the Perfons that buy them to wear, as honestly as they ought to do, without Matrimony or a lawful Solution. In a Word, there can be no Deceit in her Girdles; neither any Disoluteness, nor Vice unlawfully lurking under any of her just Dealings.
CANTIQUITY Mews us, that the Use
of Girdles, as well as fine Linen, was not only very commendable, both in their Making and Wearing ; but also à famous old Fashion, both among the Grecians and the Romans, Jeros and Gentiles, Phanicians and other Merchants. The Romans had their Marriage. Girdles in sacred Esteem, as the very Badges of Virtue and Cha
- Itity : ftity: From whence we received so many excellent Phrases, relating to the deflouring of Wo. men, or their unlawful Solutions without Wedlock. We often read of Aaron's curious Girdle ; of St. Paul's Girdle; the Girdle of Righteousness, and others also, frequently mention'd, either really or metaphorically, in holy Scripturé. How often do we find in History, that` Queens and Goddesses themselves usd to gird-up their Loyos for honest Exercise, Diversion or Pastime? And without doubt, we may learn here, as appears plainly by this Text, that the most fa hionable Ladies, in foriner Days, took no small Delight in making such useful Surcingles.or Draperies, either for private or publick Service. Upon which Account, as this real Virtuosa in the Proa verbs was always a great Work Woman, so the consequently produced Abundance of delicate fine Linens, as well as Silk Girdles, and other” nice Curiosities fit for the Wearing of the modestest, and most graceful Persons in the World. However yet, she is none of the Bona Roba's of this adulterous Age. She manifests her greater Modesty, by her Works of Innocence; as the most sedulous Seamstress with the Needle, and compleatest Linen. maker off the Loom. She cloaths her self with the finest Silks of Probity, the whitest Lawns of San&ity, and the purelt Pura ple-Robes of Chastity, according to the Directio on of a learned and holy Author ; to use bis own Expression. Her Vesture is all made-up of Modesty, Virtue and Glory; of Honelly, Humility and Holiness'; both Inside and Oui love of the greatest Purity. Insomuch that me sometimes plays the busy Merchant her self, with her own Manufactures, and disposes of them to the best Advantage, either by furnishing the fairest Ladies
with them at Home, in order to dress and gird-up their bodies with the most resery'd Bashfulness, and innocent Behaviour in our Her misphere of Beauty; or delivers them to some other honest ingenuous Factors, who deal in Foreign Traffick, for an honourable Gain. In short, she may compare with the curious Nuns Abroad for the Nicety of her Handy-works, either in fine Linen, Lawns or Laces ; for the has the undeniable Character of the most accomplish'd Millener of good Things in the Uni. verse for publick Use.
I. HER Ingenuity, as well as Diligence, in this point, appears very conspicuously remarkable. Behold the artful Inventions of her Mind, how they illustrate the ingenious Works of her Hands! She has the Reputation of being ac: counted one of the greatest Incouragers of Trade, Promoters of Traffick, and Propagators of In: dustry, as well as Commerce: Of the Truth of which, all the neighbouring Carders, Spinsters, Weavers, Drapers, and other Foreign Merchants The supplies, are fully convincd by Experience, She finds out, by this Means, the wiltiest Deyices, not only fit for the Service of her Sex, but also worthy of their Emulation : always regulating the Superstitions of their finical Dressing, and rectifying the Indecencies of their gaudy Garbs ; either by reforming their interiour Manners of Pride and Vanity, in a great Measure, or re-establishing their exteriour Modesty and Moderation, in the best fashion'd wearing Apa parel. But however, sie imploys still Abun, dance of diligent Hands; because the knows, that many maķe light Work on't; dispatch Bus liness a pace, and produce 4 quick Riddance of her yalyable commodities, for the Yse of the