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short-liv'd as Beauty ; which is liable to be lost in an Instant by any sudden Fit sor unforeseen Accident. We sometimes see the finest Shape and the fairest Face subject to the most furprizing Deformities, either by Sorrow, Sickness, or other subitaneous Adversities. 'Tis then all Metamorpbose and Melancholy: All Vanity and Vexation of Spirit, instead of Admiration! The moft beautiful Countenance among the Fair Sex lies at the Mercy of the Small-Pox, from the Cradle to the Saddle, and so to the Grave. It is obnoxious to a Fever or a Fright; and often starts into immediate Death. What Confidence then can they prudently put in the delicate Fairness of their Complexions; which they may perhaps be depriv'd of e're long by a ChanceBlów, a little Indisposition, or one single Distemper? Beauty, alas! of how short and uncertain a Duration is that fading Heliotrope, or Turn-fol of Fancy! It opens only in a Shine of Praise, and shuts in a Shadow of Disgrace. How quickly is the Glory of it fully'd ! it is gone in a Puff of Pride, like a Swift, a Shade, or a Flash of Fire ; in and out again in a Moment. It Aies.off the Ground in a Night's Time, as an aery Phantom, that' never lives to see the Light of the Morning, or the Sun at Noon-Day. One may justly compare it to a flower, which fometimes fades, withers, and dies on its Birth-Day, with every Breath of cold Air. It puts me in Mind of the Sensitive Plant, which droops and links its Head upon the Approach of the least unwelcome Touch. Wbat, and if Beauty be never so refplendent? If it be as transparent as Glass; the brighter, the brittler; and the more it fhines, the sooner it is broken. The glittering Vanity quickly disappears as a gaudy Vision;
deceives the Eye as a glaring Apparition"; and Vanishes as a gilded Dream into an empty nothing, or a worse Spectacle of Deformity. In a Word, who would dote upon sach a flattering Blossom, that is often nipt in the Bud all on the sudden, by the least Blast of a bleek Wind; withers into horrid Blackness, and becomes inftantly barren or abortive ?: 'Tis certain, that the most exquisite, well-favour'd, fair Lady, may happen to be accidentally, and unfortunately also, disfigur'd by a thousand Flaws, like an old
Acco for. Ugliness:. And then it is no Matter whether the selfish. Dotard condemns the Glass for a false Reflexion, or finds Fault with divine Providence for the disagreeable Change. . · BUT a virtuous and pious Woman, whether fair or ill-favour'd, beautiful, or not so charming on the outside, who fears the Lord with the most reverential Devoutness -of Soul, and puts her whole Trust in'his, divine Providence, without any Scruple or Ambiguity ; She shall have the Praise and the Preheminence of an universal Encomium: She, I mean, who is entirely wean'd from all terrestrial Pomps, Vanities, or Iniquities of this wicked World, thoroughly cleans'd from all sordid Sins, and Pollutions of Lust, Lasciviousness, or Libertinism; and inwardly beautify'd with all divine Gifts, Graces, or Virtues, that can adorn a humane Mind elevated far above the Celebration of this inferior State : She, in fine, whose Heart is set upon Heaven and Happiness; whose Soul is fix'd upon God both in Faith and Practice ; and whole Love is united with Eternity and immortal Glory. This is the Royal Bride, or virtuous Lady, in King Lemuels Leffon. Lo her inimitable Character! She is humble, and yet above all the
Proud World; empty of her self, and yet full of God as well as all other good Things; depriv'd of temporal Benefits, and yet polless’d of all heavenly Blessings in her own Mind. See how constant she is in her Loyalty ; how faithful in her Love ; how resolute in her Life ; une daunted in Difficulties, unshaken in Dangers, un-. tainted in Virtue, courteous in Conversation, generous in Correspondence, chearful in Adversity, undisturbid in Reproaches, and sedate in the greatest Storms of State- Affairs ! She places her Comforts and Felicities out of the Reach of Violence, or the Insults of Misfortune, Vicissitude, and hunane Policy. She dreads no Disappointments, and values no transitory Delusions of her Happiness. If the 'saw · Crowns and Scepters at her Feet, she would despise them A:ll with an insuperable Tranquillity of Mind, in comparison of her greater Beatitudes. Her Soul still keeps its fted fast Station, where it had its First Original and Extraction. It is always in Heaven, while we enjoy its Company and Edification upon Earth. Her personal Converse diffuses the Powers of her Virtue as the Rays of the Sun; which, though they strike the Bodies here below, with the most sensible Influences, remain yet at the fame Time never the less glorious in the great Luminary that sends them forth for our Confolation. Her spiritual Contemplations of the Deity are almost supernatural; and, as it were, unbody'd; or abstracted at least from gross Matter and Humanity. Her divine Meditations are all of pious and Seraphick Love. · Her devout Ejaculations in Prayer are always warblingup to the highest Seat of Bliss. Her celestial. like Mind is ever calm and serene, next to intuitive. The Elevation of her Eyes, Hunds,
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and Thoughts, still seem fix?d upon some beati: fick Object, or happy Vision in imperfect View; but in Hopes of a more perfe&t Blessedness here, afcer in full Possession. Thus she perpetually darts the Rays of her fervent Devotion upwards, and returns them back again upon the Fountain of all Light; from whence they came, to eoliven her Mind, as well as illustrate her Life, Motion, and Being! Upon all Occasions, her chief Exercise is in preserving the Lam of the Lord; her sacred Diversion is in perusing the Book of Books, the Bible; and her sole Delight is in promoting the Beauty of Holiness, to the Perfection of Prayer, and Practice of Belief. In short, the consecrates her whole Life, and dedicates all ber Actions to the Fear of God, and the Honour of his King; never neglecting the Service and Glory of his Church Militant, while she aspires to the Triumphant in solemn Yow and Expectation. She desires no better Place of Refuge here below ; no greater Asylum of Safety; no surer San&uary of Salvation in her imaginary Distresses and reyolutionary Calamities. This is she, who is all real Beauty, both in Body and Mind, Spirit and Truth, Grace and good Government, the most remarkable Favourite of Heaven, and the unrival'd Darling of the Earth, without any farther faint Panegyrick.
VERSE XXXI. GIVE her of the Fruit of her Hands;
and let her own Works praise her in the . Gates.
MOMIS not in the Power of my Capaci.
ty, to extol this noble' Lady's Virtue to the full Value of her Merits.' My feeble Eloquence is insufficient.
Prophecy and Inspiration can only reach the Height of that glorious Topick. But, however, let every one praise her Worth according to his Ability ; whether Poets, Orators, or Hiftorians, &c': All ought to become Encomiasts of her singular Excellencies. Her Moral and Religious Labours should not want their just Commendations. And therefore, while some honourable Personages are magnify'd for the Nobleness of their Birth; others, for the Greatness of their Fortune ; fome again, for the Exquisiteness of their Beauty; and others at last, for the Politeness of their Breeding, Address, or Ingenuity, among their several Admirers : Let the Fruit of her own Hands be given likewise to this incomparable Queen of Glory, in Proportion to her great Goodness and respective Virtues of more inestimable Value. Give her what is so much her Due ; bestow upon her the deserved Praises of her own Performances ; and let the good Deeds, which she her self ha's done for the Publick Advantage, be proclaimed
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