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languishing Confeffors of the true Faith: Those that cannot change their Principles of Integrity for a Livelihood, upon every Turn of the Times, nor veer their Religion with every Wind of new Do&rine that blows North-ward, and the revo- , lutionary Weather-Cocks of State-Policy. She thinks, when the orthodox Ministers of the Gospel reason of Righteousness, Temperance, and Judgment to come, in their Preaching, that Felix ought to tremble at hearing the Truth. Their facred Commission is as unalterable as their fpiritual Funktion, and can never be superseded by the secular Authority of any commanding Felix's, Feftus's, or Agrippa's in the World. Her innumerable Charities always find-out proper Objects. If she sees a grave and gray-headed Person bending under the Burden of Old Age; her Business will be to get him a Staff, and make him go as upright as possible. If she sees a Cripple either of Hands or Feet; she will find him a Crutch, and some Help or other for his Lameness. If the fees a blind Man groping along even in the Light; she will look upon him with an Eye of Pity, lead him into the right Way, or provide him with some better Asistance. If The sees a fick Patient languishing about the Streets, or in Private, for Want of some wholesome Medicines, she will afford him a ready Remedy, either for his Comfort or his Cure. If The fees a Prisoner labouring to Death under his Confinement for Want of Bread, she will take Care to furnish him with better Subsistence, or procure his Liberty. Prisoners either for Debe or State-Affairs, (especially those that lie there confin'd for Life) are the most moving Obječts of her generous Compassion. How vonaturally do the jingling Fetters of the One ring in her mer.
ciful Ears? How disagreeably do the lamentable Cries of the Other found in her charitable Hearing?. Insomuch that she desires nothing more at Heart, than a general Fayl-Delivery of such poor Insolvents, and an universal Inlargement of such poor suffering persecuted Malee Contents. There are, without doubt, a great many common begging Cheats, pretended Lazarus's, or artificial Cripples, in this Age of Falfhood and Counterfeit. But the reality of the object, among the Lame and the Blind, as well as other forlorn Indigents, &c. always makes her as really charitable upon Convi&tion. They shall not only take her good Wil for the Deed, but have her own A&t and Deed also to prove her good Wil Wishes and Works, she knows, are different Things. What signifies a Sigh or a Groan ? It will neither fet a broken Bone, nor buy a wooden Leg upon Amputation. It will not recover Sight, nor pay the Oculist for couching a Cataract. It will not buy Bread, nor purchase any Provision for a starving moneyless Houshold. She is none of those empty flattering Wishers and Woulders; but ads as well as prays; and immediately falls to Work, how she may effe-. &ually relieve such distressed Starulings, with real Succours and substantial Supports of Money or other Supplies, according to their several Necessities. Her Alms-giving becomes supereminently glorious among the many meritorious Receivers. In a Word, this is fhe that appears Bountiful, almost beyond humane Imagination or Expectancy, by her communicative Goodness.
SHE is not afraid of the Snow for her Housbold: for all her Houshould are cloathed with Scarlet.
UCH is the great Prudence of
our virtuous Houfholder, that her S Family and Domestick Servants
are in no Danger of Suffering, by her provident Care of their Cleath
ing, in the hardest Winter or feverest Weather. She furnishes them with feveral sorts of Rayment, fit for the several Seasons of the Year, and provides them with double Garments for a change, when the Air grows extremely cold. And besides, she does not only cloath them constantly in decent Habits for private Service; but also adorns them sometimes with Scarlet, or the gaiest Colours, for a more splendid Appearance, when they are to wait upon her, and make the nobleft Figure by their publick Attendance. The most piercing Weather, either of Frost or Snow, cannot hurt them Abroad. When they are at Work in the Fields, she is in no great Pain for the Safety of their Constitutions. She knows they are well-fed, and warmly clad, to defend them from the Coldness of the Season, and preserve their Bodies from the Injuries of Hail, Rain or Snow, in a tempestuous Conjun&ture. She does not much fear that any of her Houshold, either
Husband, Children or Servants, shall ever have Reason to complain of catching Cold, getting Coughs, or falling into Consumptions, through any careless Negle& of her good Linen-Housewif'ry, or Wollen-Handy-Works. Let the Wind or Westher blow what it will Abroad, she always fortifies them well within and without, against the fouleft Change a coming, to endure an unseafooable Tempeft, and safely ride out the Storm; or to bear-up against all the Severities of Winter, and arrive at the Spring of Life with greater Health and Vigour.' She continually keeps her House in good Repair, both against Wind and Water; and does not only provide generously well, for their warm Food and Rayment by Day, but also for their Aleeping in warmer Beds, and fecuring their better Rest a-nights, against the growing Labours of To-morrow. Insomuch that the comes to be esteem'd hereby, the pru. deprest Housholder of her Sex, as well as the kindest Mistress of her Family, in this Respectof Apparel.
REM A K S.
our fir A Parents; and a commendable Fation of covering our Nakedness, out of common Modefty, or protecting our Bodies from external Injuries, out of common Prudence and Self. Preservation. 'Twas necessary to hide our original Sin, and decent to conceal our Shame; without forgetting the Fall, cloking the Crime, or palliating the wilful Disobedience. Both Neceffity and Decency plead for the primitive Infitation of a plain, simple, modeft'Attire. But Excess in Apparel is only an additional Fault, and setting an unnecessary Glofs upon our old Pride, Ambition, and Vain-glory, at second Hand. How do we glory now-a-days in superfluous
Hola mode Trifles? What a Folly is it to put our Brutes, as well as our Bodies, in the finest Trappings, only to set-off the natural Infignificancy of Both! What Necessity is there for adorning the Enemy, decking-up the Prison, and gilding (as I may call the Body) the Poison of che Soul! That nobler Part, which is Subje&t to no Sepulchre, or Burying-Place in the ChurchYard! This requires the most cultivating, which is above all Worms, but that of Conscience and immortal Remorse. Erasmus says, that Excess of Apparel argues the Incontinency of the Soul. It rather allures the Eyes of Beholders to wanton Defires, than charms their Minds to any modeft Admiration of Wisdom, Innocency and Simplicity. Epictetue advises us not to deck our Houses so much with useless Tables and fine Pi&tures, but to paint them with Temperance and Moderation. For those only feed the Eye with Vanity, which foon fade in Glory; but these are lasting Ornaments, and can never be defacá. The great Auguftus himself wore no other Gare ments either iu Time of Peace or War, than such as his Wife and Daughters made him; or what were plain, modest and serviceable. Agesilas made no difference betwixt Winter and Summer, in his homely wearing Apparel.
Epaminondas was contented with one single Suit, or humble Gown, for the whole Year-round. Their Retinues also were as remarkably modeft, and wof. thy of Imitation ; free from all Pride, Pomp, or superfluous Magnificence. Cato the Elder chose but the necessary Attendance of Two or Three. Servants, when he took a Tour to visit the Provinces of his Government. Scipio Afria canus, one of the greatest Captains in the World, being delegated into Asia upon an extraordinary Occasion, to negotiate a Pacification among