Page images
PDF
EPUB
[ocr errors]

cepts that have been given them in their Minority; instill'd like primo-genial Water, and stamp'd on their minds, like Impressions in Wax : That, of making a handsome Provision for their future Subsistence, and putting them in the most likely Way of living well in the World ; left they should wean their Affe&ions, and take ill Courses, by dishonest Shifts, to supply their Necessities, for Want of sufficient Allowances, or competent Portions: That, of ferting them a good Example against Lying, Swearing, and Drunkenness, as well as all other fashionable Iniquities of ill-bred Sinners, and modish Vices of the Age ; which catch like a Con

tagion, infeet the Soul, and poison the whole Mass of Blood in a Family: That, of blessing them with their Virtues, and praying daily, duly and earnestly, not only for their present Protection, but future Felicity, both in their spiritual and temporal Estate, by his divine Providence; and, if therefore, as the heavenly Author of the Whole Duty of Man religiously advises, Parents have any Bowels, any Kindness towards their Children, any real Desire of their Prosperity ; let them take Care, by their own godly Life, to intail 4 Bleffing upon them, and their Posterity : Finally; That, of not oppressing their forward Children with unreasonable Burdens, or immoderate Commands, only to exercise their own imperious Austerity; especially in crolling their youthful Affedions, by a magifterial Morofenefs, or ill-natur'd Authority of breaking-off an old-fix'd settled Love perhaps, and forcing them to marry against their own virtuous Inclinations, for Wealth, Honour, or the most Money in the Market, according to a Smithfield-Bargain. Such a disagreeable Marriage'' has no Royalty in it, nor Religion: and may prove fatal, but never fortunate. However, in short, ; such instructive, affe&tionate, and indulgent Parents, as punctually perform those Obligations requir'd Above, both by divine and humane Laws, highly deserve the greatest Blefings of their indear'd Children ; and otherwise may certainly expect, how unreasonably, or vnjustly soever, their bitterest Curses and Maledictions.

BUT I cannot conclude this Remark, without Tefleđing upon a general Fault of educating the Children of great Quality, with so much unhealthful, and effeminate Indulgence; as I find it ingeniously express’d, and as satyrically exploded in The Guardian's Instruction, p. 65. to this Effect : Cure the Mother, if you can, says he, of the Disease callid Fondness ; otherwise the Child will be bred so tenderly, as to be good for little or nothing but Laziness. Every Door must be shut, and á Fire made in bis Chamber upon Midsummer-Day, while my young Master, is a dressing, for Fear of catching Cold : so that many Times, what with Chocolates, Jellies, Dainties, Ton's, and other Mother-like Tendernesses, he does not prove hardy enough at last, to be either healthy or wise. But give me a curl-pated Boy from á Beggar's Side, (the phlegmatick Offspring of Butter-milk and your Cheese) who runs bare beaded all Day, and snoars all Night upon a Bag of Straw. Take this ratio onal člod, I say, and spirit him into Turky :

And after a course of Hardship, in the Compass of Thirty or Forty Tears Travel, you may, pera haps, meet him at the Head of an Hundred ThouSand Men, matching Politicks with all the witty and civiliz'd World. Certainly Gentlemen are borne with better Blood, Spirits and Parts, thar such a

Fellow

Fellow of mean Extraži : But thus you see what Wonders good. Discipline can do with such an one ; while by too much Warmth, Laxity or Luxuriousness, the very Soul of the other transpires and wasts through the Softness of his Skin. This is the magnificent Character given of a promising Youthi well-educated and brought up to Hard Meat, let his Extraction and Pedigree be what it will, noble or ignoble in the World; under all the wholesome Severities of Scholastick Discipline : either in the Studies of difficult Learning, the Labours of aspiring Fortuné, or the Rigours of a growing Gerius. In fine, a strict Education feldomi fails of making him a great Man in the Event, or a vi&orious Cæfar in good Time.

[ocr errors][merged small]

MANY Daughters have done virtuously 3

but thote excellest them All.

PARAPHRASÉ.

B:

LESSED be God! that we are

not so barren and destitute, either of honest, virtuous, or honourable Women! There are many excellent

Perfons of Nobility, Quality, and Distinction among the Fair Sex; many devout Ladies of great Integrity and Religion, as well as noble Extraction; many deserving Maids of Honour and invincible Chastity, from the Court to the Cottage ; many indulgent Mother's of the niceft Concern, Affection, and Tenderness for their Children ; many indearing Wives of the

Z

molt

[ocr errors]

moft dutiful Inclinations, both in Words and Actions, towards their Husbands; and finally, an innumerable Multitude of very obedient Daughters to their tender Parents, who brought them up with the best Education: As all these, withont doubt, have done virtuously, by living up to the laudable Character of Grace, Goodness, and Wisdom in their several Conditions, either in a single or a marry'd State of Life. But this incomparable Queen of Love and Virtue here spoken of, hath excell'd them Al, and exalted her Praises above any common Exception or vulgar Competition of Glory. They have behavid well perhaps in the Choice or Treatment of their respective Spouses of a lower Degree; but she much better, by fixing her Affections and Fortune upon her Royal Confort of a higher Character, in the general Opinion of the World. They may have acted the part of industrious Daughe ters, by their good Conduct and commendable Housewifry, in their several Vocations of domestick Business, or Stations of the Conjugal Life, as well as in civil Concerns of Humanity, Dealing, Management, Converfation, or Correspondence A broad: but nothing like to the Care, Prudence and Frugality of this virtuous Wife in these sacred Proverbs For of all the modern Wives that have done worthily, or mightily advanc'd the Welfare of their happy Families, Thou haft still the Preheminence, by way of personal Emphasis or folemn Allocution : as who khould say expresly, there never were any marry'd Women yet to be compar’d to Thee for Excellency; and thy virtues wonderfully, tranfcend their greatest Glories. In a Word, according to the Judgment of the Wise, and Wisdom of the positive Text, the Merits of the most illustrious Ladies among them of these later Generations, have hitherto come far short of her super-excellent Deserts and superlative Endowments of Mind.

them

REM A RK S. COMPARISONS are allodious with

such a virtuous Lady's Understanding, Humility and Holiness. The sublimest Flights would only lesen her facred Character. They would extenuate her Worth, depreciate her Value, and diminish her Dignity. It would look like putting a precious Jewel upon a Level with Peble-Stones. Where the Sun is the Theme, we should have a Care of fullying its Glory, or lowering its Sublimity. However, we may be als low'd to admire what we cannot reach, and praise her wonderful Wisdom in all the extraordinary Offices either of Divinity or Humanity, of Morality or Religion, of sacred Communion or secular Society. We must, in Duty at least, acknowledge her bright internal Beauties and external Embellifhments, which appear with so much dazling Lustre throughout her whole Composition We cantot deny, with Submission, her visible Graces that shine in the dark like Diamonds ; fparkle in the most dismal Dungeon of Confinement, and burst through the blackest Clouds of Amiction, Adverfity, or Oppression, with the more fürprizing Splendour. Her diffusive Charms cannot be hidden' from humane Eyes. Her glittering Glories can never suffer a total Eclypse by any over shadowing Misfortunes, Troubles, Terrors, Tribulations or Difs couragements of this world.

'Tis true; they may overcast, but never overwhelm her Virtue ; far Furtune is far below the Greatness of her

72

Souto

4

« PreviousContinue »