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entirely to her self, by the most agreeable Indula gences, as well as engaging Indearments. She virtuously far exceeds all other Rivals of her Glory by many Degrees, in ravishing her Spouse's Heart with her Fidelity, as well as Fondness of İnclination; with the Meekness of her Mind, the Gentleness of her Tongue, and the Mildness of her Temper. Her Constancy is above the Character of the Sun-Dial, and goes, truer than any Clock-Work of State. Her Affections want no winding-up of Art, Fashion, or Flattery.

She never varies a Moment from her fixed : Love; never wavers a Hair's Breadth from her

settled Duty in Wedlock ; nor veers about with every Breeze of Temptation that blows fair, and breaths a seeming Air of Kindness, like the Fane of Inconstancy, or a falsionable WeatherCock of Levity in Courtship. She does not change her Mind like the Moon, for Novelties; and loves no Lunar Husbands in Amour, nor Lunatick Debaushee's of Intrigue. She hates the Name of a Wife that is such a Changeling of a Lover ; who either turns Court-Harlot, commonSprumpet, or forfeits her Reputation by too great a Familiarity, Freedom and Conversation with other Women's Husbands, in private Fashion or publick Yogue. Every one's own is sufficient, and as much as comes to any person's Share in an honest Way of Fair-Dealing. There is no Prerogative for Murder, Whoredom or Adultery. An over-grown Courtezan, like another famous Madame de Maintenon, or any immodest-mouth'd Lady in Honour and Authority, are''the grand Aversion of her Virtue. She abhors, giving her lawful Spouse any Cause of Jealousie, any Reason of Relentment, or any Provocation of taking Reprifałs; and

wreak. wreaking his Revenge a worse Way. In a Word, the abominates all dishonourable Contentions, scandalous Reflexions, reproachful Brawling, disgraceful Raillery, and rueful Dif. putes of Contradi&tion with her espoused Lord and Mafter; only for the sake of a little conceited Superiority, or Female Dominion: fo that by ber virtuous Behaviour and Super-eminence, in all Conditions of Life, either in a publick or private Capacity, the may well claim the Glory of this Text for her everlasting Chara&ter, as in. delible' as undeniable in the Recommendation, Happy will that King be, who marries such a discreet, prudent, loyal Lady! This will crown their Nuptial Bliss. . Their Royal Progeny will for ever flourish and abound, either by their inherent Birth-Right, inheritable Government, immortal Monarchy, uninterrupted Reign, or Providential Preservation.

VERSE XXX. NO FAVOVR is deceitful, and Beauty is i vain ; but a Woman that feareth the Lard, . See shall be praised.


ITHOUT doubt, a fine hand. some Shape, a Majestick Mien, a graceful' Carriage, and a decent Behaviour, with a modest A fpe&t;

are very taking Things, next to Charms, in the Eye of the World: And fo likewise a good comely Complexion, with lovely


Eyes, healthful Looks, rosy Cheeks, ruby Lips, or other amiable Features, will always appear beautiful to Admiration. But then, alas ! the Vanity, Deceitfulness, and Uncertainty of those personal Excellencies, or perishable Glories, are to be bewail'd with little less Sorrow sometimes, than we find partly applicable in the 3d and 4th Chapters of Jeremiah's Lamentations. The greatest Honours on Earth, as well as Favour or Beauty, may soon fail, fade, and vanish into Calamities, Misfortunes, or Deformities. By their fleeting Inconstancy, as well as Deceit, they are scarce worth setting a Man's Heart upon them, for any lasting Felicity of future Expectation. It will not therefore be a Point of common Prudence to choose a Wife by her charming Out fide or external Accomplishments, There are many ill Qualities may lie hid, and lurk conceald under the fairest Cover, or most promising Countenance; which may utterly disappoint an Admirer's sudden Expectations, and defeat all the solid Happiness that he flatter'd himself with, by making such a forward *Choice. But where Virtue and Beauty go toge, ther, as in the glorious Marriage here menţion'd, the Match must needs be incomparably Greats prove unexceptionably good; and stand celebrated as remarkably gracious, happy, Qr illustrious, in future Generations. For a Woman truly religious, and an honourable Lady, that so devoutly fears the Lord, as not daring to offend her Maker, or controul her Creator in any Point of Duty, either in her Christian or Conjugal State of Life ; is really that desirable, amiable, or admirable Perfon here represented : who alone will always please her God by her sacred Service ; oblige her Spouse by her fincere LovingKindness; and deserve. perpetual Praises of the whole Universe by her sociable Virtues of doing Good, or the sensible Influences of her exemplary Deportment, as well as other excellent Benefactions.


TOTHING can be more deceitful than IV thé Favour of this World, except Hypocrisie it self in Grain, and downright Disimu. Jation : whether it be taken for the pretended Kindness and Complaisance of the Mind, or the external Air of the Face, and Mien of the Body. 'Tis full of Fraud, Fallhood, and Design. Generally speaking, it consists altogether of Craftinefs, and chiefly of Cozenage. There's no relying upon the most favourable Greeting, Reception, or Entertainment. It seems now-a-days to be all Artificial Breeding, or only good Manners extrinsecally; "and lies no deeper than the Eye or thé Lip; a civil Salute, a condescending Hand, a fly Congě, a low Cringe, a graceful Nod, or a genteel Court sy. 'Beauty is as vain, or full of Craft also, as the other proves for the most part fraudulent, in the Event. It may please the Eye perhaps, but make the Heart ake afterwards, and severely smart for *the Deception. “But it is certainly what no Person ought to be proud of, or place any Delight in for Good; because it frequently becomes fo variable in it self, so changeable in it's Charms, and so disappointing in its Circumstan'ces or the very Injoyment. There ought to be

no' confidence, abstracted from Virtue,' put in outward Beauty, Face-Formality, or Oral FriendThip that does not reach the Bottom of the

Heart i Heart; for Fear of being frustrated by Designz or impos’d upon by Reason of its Deceitfulness. But a good, virtuous, and religious Woman that fears God, whether well or ill-favour'd, whether beautiful or not, as to her visible Complexion and apparent Features ; 'tis no Matter : She ought to have not only the Approbation, but also the Praises of the better Part of all Mankind' out. of Venus's Bedlam; she ought to be extoll'd to the Heavens in Comparison. And 'tis certain, that the great Reverence which she shews in Regard for her Maker, the omnipotent Lord, omnipresent Master, and omniscient Ruler of the whole World ; infinitely wise, juft, and merciful from all Eternity, long before it ever had any Beginning, or there happen'd'any Reo volutions of Government, Temporal or Spiritual, upon Earth, contrary to the Original Investiture of universal Monarchy, and Dominion in Adam, twice repeated, as well as fully declar'd in the First Chapter of Genesis : I say, her constant Attachment to God, who can only change, esta blish'd Governments justly, and give Right, or a transferring Power, by his own express No.. mination or providential Decree, which the abundantly discovers by the sincereft Awe, devoutest Obedience, and divinest Adoration of her Soul to Himself, as well as by the Loyalty of her Affections, and Lawfulness of her Principles to his Fure•divino-King, in preferring a Patriarchal Birth-Right, or inheritable Title, before -any. modern Contract, political Agreement, and Na. tional Composition, to the contrary :. This will without any Doubt (let who will dispute it) multiply the Number of her Admirers, and raise in the Minds of her happy Acquaintance, the most fublime Idea's' of Eteem and Venea,


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