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fo passionately lov'd her Spouse Abradatus, that The could not survive him ; but flew her self upon his dead Body. The celebrated Sulpitia could not be restrain'd from venturing her Life and Fortune voluntarily through the Seas, to find out her dear banilh'd Lentulus in Affi&tion. The renown'd Artemisia, after her Husband's Death, drank-op all the Ashes of his Body, and made her self his living Sepubchre: to fnew that the Power of Love can sometimes go farther than Mortality. The remarkable Pisca loved her fick Spouse better than her own 'Life; and finding his Distemper incurable, bare him Company to Death. They both imbrac'd each other, and threw themselves headlong together into the Sea. True Love fears no Shipwracks, Dangers por Death. What signifies the Peril of being drown'd to a faithful Lover, or to be bury'd with her Husband in a Salt Water-Wave? They will live together to their dying Day. Their Hearts and Souls are inseparable. Their united Passions almost exceed the Power of Death it self in Victory and Triumph. It can hardly part them. Hero and Leander will love still, let che Hellefpont be never so boisterous, till they are both cast away. They perhaps thought it their Happiness to perish together for Company; but their Fidelity and Amour will ever be immortal in Story. However, our virtuous Wife may peradventure prove a greater Favourite of Neptune's, or a better Friend of Jupiter's, in her trafficking Voyages; and, by God's Blessing, safely bring back again, not only her beloved Husband with Honour, but alsó a suitable Return of Riches, to the wish'd for Shoar: which will be the making of the Fortune of her glorious Family, as well as the

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Reward of her prudent Negotiations, after the most difficult Pallage.

II. B Y Land also, she will make him a most faithful and diverting Fellor-Traveller. The cold Alps cannot terrify her from following het beloved Husband's Fortune over them, through all Difficulties and Obstru&tions, either into Banishment or the Field of Battle. Her Affection is resolute; her Courage, undaunted ; and her Valour, unlimited. These invincible Virtues will carry her through all Restraints, Confinements or Discouragements, to right her injur'd Spouse, and regain her own Liberty. Love can never be immur'd or imprison'd. His Fellowship is her sole Delight ; and the Fruition of his Company, the undeniable Satisfaction of her Soul. War cannot deter her from her Duty. She despises all Hazards. She will go through the most frightful Extremities of Fire and Smoak in a Camp, or the greatest Hardships of Wind, Water and Weather in Travelling; to accompany him, to serve him, to venture her Life for him upon Occasion in all the Viciffitudes of humane Affiirs. In Circumstances of Distress or Persecution, she will be his chief Comforter, Preserver and Safeguard. If he is driven from his native Country, she will contentedly take the same Fare, and diligently indeavour to restore him to his own again with Joy. If he is taken Prifoner, fhe will heartily chuse the fame Lot, and cunningly contrive his Liberty, either by Escape, Rescue or Rapfom. If he is forc'd to fly from Place to Place, she will willingly run the fame Risque, and constantly become his faithful Follower to the World's End. Neither the dismal Mountains of America, nor

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the fandy Deserts of Arabia, can discourage her from beari ng him Company inSearch of better Fortune ; to make the best Advantage of their Exile in Foreign Commerce. What more can be desir'd? Till divine Providence fhall be pleas'd to bless such a happy Pair, with immense Treasures, by their industrious Travels, Tro Tubles and Traffick; and send them both fafe Ho me again, by a prosperous Voy: age, to injoy the Fruits of their Labour, as well as the Reco mpénce of their Sufferings in a

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THESE are the diligent Views of our virtuous Lady, both in Trade and Politicks, which come little short of the wealthiest Merchants, without any Disparagement, if she can effect her good Design by her trading Misfortunes for the Benefit of her banish'd Family, But, on the contrary, some unthinking, un, thrifty and improvident Women, not to say Ladies of Quality and good Sense, are so unlike the Merchant-Ships here mention'd, that they feldom ever trouble their Heads about any beneficial Commerce, or bringing in their food from a-far for the Sake of their Families. They fcarce ever go farther than the Eaft India-House for Apparel, the South Sea-Company for Money, or the common Markets for their daily Fare : of which the T100 First spoil all other Trade at Home, and Traffick from Abroad; and the Lajt only fatten-up their Domestick Servants into Idleness and Indolence, for want of better Work and more useful Imployments. What an Age of Dainties, Delicacies. and Delights is this we live in; degenerating from the Rules of Providence, and the Wisdom of all Antiquity? Nothing is minded now-a-days but our own Eafe and Indulgence ; nothing regarded,

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but our own Pleasure and Ambition ; nothing valued, båt our own Vanities and Extravagapcies. Is it possible to believe, that any discreet Wives should take more Care of their Fineries, than their Families; of their Housholdstuff, than their Husbands; of their China, than their children? Was ever any brittle torthless Waté so much admir'd, next to idoJizing and adoring on’t ? Nothing breeds more ill Blood, Quarrels and Uneasiness at Home. If one single Dill happens to be broken by fome Accident, there is no Peace in the House ; till the whole Oriential Stock has been ransack'd to match it, and make-up the Set. Is it cre-, dible, that arfy prudent Ladies should turn such busy Stock-Fobbers; aś to part with their Plate, and Jewels, to put their Money into precarious Funds; to litik all their Fortunes in thé Froth or Suds of the South-Sea, and beggar themfelves by chimerical Bubbles; in Contempt of Hetter Merchandise, or more certain and fervíceable Manufactures ? They rambled after Riches, and lost all but the shadow in the Water. They were in Quest more of Wealth than of Wisdom. And yet they had better have delighted in Things farther-fetch'd and dearer-bought, according to their usual Custom, If they had been bit or defrauded farther off, or in France, it would have been less Dissatisfaction. To'be cheated at Home, is the main Grievarice. But I forbear to aggravate their Sorrow, Folly or Misfortu'ncs!

VERSE XV.

SHE riseth also while it is yet Night,

and giveth Meat to her Housbold, and a Portion to her Maidens.

PARAPHRASE.

HIS virtuous and vigilant Wife neT

ver indulges her Self in overmuch Sleep; as not only hurtful to

her Health, but also prejudicial to her Houshold. Affairs : well-knowing, that her Family requires a watchful Eye, as much as The stands in Need' of Reft. She is therefore an early Rifer; which is both Good for her own Body and her Family-Business. She scorns to lie a-Bed after Break of Day, and neglect her bounden Duty. She is a Woman of greater Diligence; and generally gets up the first of the Family : either to make Provision for those Men-Servants that are going Abroad to work in the fields, or to see her Maidens their several Tasks at Home. She forecasts all her Domestick Affairs over-night, and rises before Day-Light to set all her Things in good Order. Thus after the is up to early in the Morning, and has paid her Devotions to God firft for her felf, Husband, Children, Servants, and familiar Friends ; begging his divine Blesfing upon alf their honest Indieavours: Then she falls imorediately to work, preparing for Her Houthold their Meat in due Seafon, and

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