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. Ij. THIS excellent Housewife also, as wisely, oversees, and pries into their private Transactions, or clandestine Pradices : if it is possible for them to turn Ingrates after such graciou's Usage, or be guilty of any. Frauds and Infidelities, after such virtuous Instructions. She will ever be looking circumspectly into her own Ways, and, in all Reason, expects the same Re. gard from the Eyes, or at the Hands of her just, faithful, and obedient Servants. Insomuch that this incomparable. Lady, at last, becomes so curious, and so discerning a House-Keeper ; that, Tupposing her to be a Queen, me would manage her Houfhold so well, as not to let the King's Cheese go balf a way in Parings at Court, as the Proverb expresses it, for Want of due Care, Conduct, and good Looking.after. She would not suffer her Palace to be impair’d, or the Crown impoverish’d, by any exorbitant Grants, or Foreign Gratuities: not willingly allow the best Jewels of it to be embezelled, nor the glorious Prerogative it self to be leflen'd, or made little by any inglorious Practices, profuse Concessions, or improvident Liberalities : provided it was in her power to prevent such Extravagances, to take Reprisals, and to make ReAffumptions, for the better Service, Honour, or Interest of her Royal Confort. However yet, in her own private Family, she admits of no 0. versights, or Male- Administration of her civil Affairs : never overlooking any Business, either of greater or smaller Account, for the Benefit and Welfare of her Houshold. Concerns. But, and if her idle Servants, after All, prove either refra&ory or unfaithful, he will take Care to disgrace them, with the most prudential Severi. ties, and gentle Corrections ; in Order to re

gulate gulate their Lives for the future, and reform their Manners for the better. If she finds them visibly cheating Her Spouse, or emptying his Coffers to fill their own Pockets, and inrich their own Families; why, then it is but common Justice to make them refund their ill-gotten Plunder, and to bring the thievifh, treacherous, or untrusty Persons, to condign Punishment. For why should she industriously wink at their Crimes, or tamely acquiefce in feeing both her Husband and Houshold most palpably wrong'd. before her Eyes, by such barefaca Róbbers, and ungrateful Pilferers?

VERSE XXVIII. HER Childreri arise up, and call hier Blefa sed; her Husband also, atid he praiseth her,


PARA P H KASE. APPY is the Progeny of such a deserving Parent ! Hér tender Care, both of their good Education, and

daily Provision, excitės in her Sorte A and Daughters, the greatest Veneration for their indulgent Mother's Virtdes. As they grow-up in Years to Maturity of Judgment, they will be still extolling her singular Excellencies. Happy is the Husband of fuch a bleffed Wife, whose glorious Endowments of Mind The can never sufficiently commend: bớt when he has said all he can, in reciting her particuz lar Praises, he muft abruptly resolve himself at


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last, either into a profound Silence, or imper-
fect Eulagies. Her dear Children think it the
greatest Felicity of their Lives ; that ever they
were born of such a nurfing, obliging, and af
fe&ionate Mother! They must needs rise-up with
Prayers, as well as Praises in their Mouchs, at
all' Times, for the Preservation of her good
Health, and long Life. They must call her the
moft Blessed of women here below, for the
faithful Nurture of their Infancy, the careful
Tuition of their Childhood, and the prudent In-
struction of their riper Years.' They cannot, in
common Reason, leave their Beds in a Morn-
ing, without. blélling God Almighty for their
Happiness of having so illustrious an Example
of Grace, Goodness, and Benedi&tion before
their Eyes, to imitate, as well as admire al-
most to Superstition, in the future Actions. of
their Lives, and regulation of their Manners.
Her beloved Spouse also, and he is happily in.
deard by her charming Beauties, or transport-
ed with her ravishing Tendernesses beyond Ex-
presion. His Glories are all only loud Pane-
gyricks of her Virtues. The mutual Emulation
of their pious Minds, raises their Fortune with
Honour, and Riches, ennobles their Marriage
with Popularity and Renown; and renders them
the most celebrated Conforts, little inferiour to.
the Royal Pair here mention'd, either for Dig.
nity, Devoutness, Religion, Fidelity, or Affe&i.
on. He wortbily praises her Oeconomy, Conduct,
and Wisdom to the Skies, from whence the
came in Peace upon Earth for its Benefit; he
bleffes kind Heaven for her happy Birth; and
loves her next after God, who created them
both for the noblest Ends of his divine Com-
plaçèncy : in graciously vouchfafing to give hinna


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such an inestimable Blessing, and bestowing up on her the most ineffable Comforts of the Cre, ation, in a conjugal State of Life.


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BSERVE then how this praise-worthy ♡ Princess, in the Text, has not only the satisfa&tion of being blest by her obedient Children, and extolla by her loving Spouse; but also obtains the Happiness of 'an. univerfal Applause, as well as the voluntary' Recommendation of her honourable Character among the Virtuou, all over the World. She is, confefsedly, not only the Darling of her own faithful Family, and native Country, but likewise the Favourite of Foreign Kingdoms, and far distant Dominions. Her very person naturally requires the Beholder's Love and Admiration; her Presence demands his Modesty and Reverence; and her Majesty commands his. A we' and Veneration, upon any cúrious Approach. The Courtesy of her Mind, the Humility of her Meen, and the Magnificence, as well as Reserv'dness of.her inaccesible Virtue, strike the boldest Strangers with Altoni hment, and bring her most invidious, or inveferate Enemies, to Submission upon Sight. They are all presently charm'd into Conversion, and recognize her Glories. They cannot afterwards forbear' declaring her Affability, extolling her Graces, and proclaiming her Praises to the uttermost parts of their Travels, with the justest. Acknowledgement. But she becomes most remarkably honour'd after all, not only for kindly cherishing and obliging her Husband; but also carefully educating her Children, and

discreetly providing for her Family's Welfare, in all Points of conjugal Duty..

- EDUCATION of Youth, supposing to be goud, according to the wise Sentiments of Socrates, Plato, Plutarch, &c. is the chief Foundation of their future Happiness., 'Tis the greatest Duty of Christian Parents, next to their own everlasting Security, or Salvation. Children therefore ought to be train'd-up from their Infancy, to Learning, Religion, and Morality. As they are born, bred, and brought-up, so will they end their Days, according to the holy Scriptures; either miferably vicious, or happily virtuous, in the Event of their Lives. 'As the Plant is impregnated at first, so will the Tree, prove afterwards, and accordingly produce the same Fruit. To be brief then, Instruction will be absolutely necessary for the Melioration of Na.. ture, as well as rectifying their Manners: ift, By shewing them how to honour, worship, and glorify God, the great Creator, and Preserver of all Beings in Life, Motion, or Ability ; who fuffers no evil Work to go unpunish'd, through his infinite Justice; and no good one unrewarded, through his special Grace and Favour; which they must always be imploring, either for their "Aslistance as to the One, or Prevention as to the Other, in all their Undertakings and Performances : 2dly, By teaching them how to transport their Love of temporal Things, as Honour, Beam ty, Riches, Pleasures, &c. to that of eternal Satisfactions, with Contempt, in Comparison of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Virtue ; which can ondy intitle them to true Tranquillity in their "Life: Time, and permanent Glory after Death :

gdly, By letting them know, through other -Men's Misfortunes, how to sun the Dangers of

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