Obrazy na stronie
PDF
ePub

ness. She will indulgently cherish her Husband, nourish his Children, and nurse them both in all Conditions of Life, or CircumItances of Indisposition. As to their souls, she will take Care to make them all religiOus, after her own Likeness: watchful in Prayer, and fervent in Devotion ; vigilant in Piety, and industrious in good Works; perfect ly upright, holy and heavenly-minded. Thus she becomes the very careful Manufakturer of all Felicity in her fleecy and well.cloath'd Family's to that by diligently cultivating the Genteelness of their Habits, the Preservation of their Bodies, and the Profperity of their Fortunes, as well as the peace of their minds and the Confolation of their Souls ; she makes her self the most compleat Housewife of the World.

VERSE XIV.

SHE is like the Merchant-Ships; for

bringeth her Food from a-far.

PARAPHRASE. Virtuous, careful, trading Wife, may well be compard to the stout and full-fraighted Ships of industrious Merchants, that go to Sea in Quest

of some honest Gain and good Ads Vantage. They fail Abroad through the valt Ocean in an Winds and Weathers, to bring Plotse the richest Goods and most curious

Mera

[ocr errors]

Merchandise of both Indies. Upon their fafe Return, they furnish our Houses not only with excellent Food and Rayment, but also better Things sometimes; as Gold and Silver, Pearls and precious Stones, Jewels and Diamonds: enough to adorn a whole Kingdom, or make a Court appear illustriously fine and splendid. The Gold of Ophir is not more valuable in Commerce, than such an ingenuous merchandising Woman is in her happy Family, by her notable Adventures, or rare laventions for raising the Honour and inriching the State of her Husband, to the last Degree of Commendation. She will deal to the far- . theft Parts of the Universe, by Sea or Land, to do him Good, and maintain her Children handsomly in the World. She never sticks at any honest Hazard or laudable Hardship, upon an Undertaking of Profit and Advantage, to get them their daily Food, either from a far or nearer Hand ; either in Foreign Climates, or the most distant Places of her Native Country, for their Welfare, their Benefit and Satisfaction. She trades, as it were, with her Widom, Piety and Diligence. She spreads her Fame, and diffuses her Industry lo far, that at last she brings Home the rich Cargo, or the golden Fleece (as I may fay) fufficient not only to feed and maintain, but likewise to advance and glorify the Fortune of her wealthy Family. Her Goodness is kinown far and near, over the Alps and beyond Hercules's Pillars, as well as at Home, or throughout her own Native Country. Her Beauty, Prudence and Fortitude, are celebrated all over the Earth as well as the Ocean. In short, she fears na Shipwracks by violent Storms or Tempests

dreads dreads neither Scylla nor Charybdis, neither Gulphs, Sands, Sholes, Shelves nor Rocks, either within or without the Streights; and never miscarries, either in her Voyage or her Virtue, for the better Injoyment of her happy Spouse at Home: having the special insurance of Heaven for her Safety and Success. She ventures at All by her Courage, through the greatest Dangers and Difficulties. Nothing renture, nothing have, she knows by the Proverb. No faint Heart ever won such a fair Lady, or such a fine Lord, in either Respect. Diwine Providence blesses all her thriving and industrious Indeavours, for her Care, Conftancy and Fidelity. Humane Prudence directs and prospers all her Doings or "Imployments, In fine, the Sun, Moon and Stars seem to favour her diligent Traffick, incourage her honest Enterprizes; and secure her lawful Import into the Haven of Happiness, as well as Wealth, Riches and Honour, upon her glori. ous Arrival, and safe Return to her fortunate island.

REMARKS.

M

A N is naturally inclin'd first to find out

his most Sovereign Good, and after that, is forcibly drawn into the Search of all other Things ; which he esteems most advantageous in this World, either for his Pleasure or Pro, fit. Every one has his own Delight and peculiar Election. His natural Affections carry, him to the Defire of Variety.. Curiosity indeed tending to the Benefit of a right Un, derstanding in humane Affairs, is not only re, quisite, but profitable and absolutely necesary

ܪ

to shew our Prudence. Nevertheless it must not be imployd upon vile Things, vain Superfluities, or vicious Novelties. Novelty often causes the greatest Error of the Judgment, in preferring those Dainties or Fancies that are far fetch'd and dear-bought, before better Things of a more folid and substantial Value ; of a more cheap, common or familiar Use. Ladies indeed may be allowd to judge thus but Men ought to have more Reason in their Choice. A good Life requires no such Vanities; according to that excellent Precept in Apollo's Temple, nothing too much. Solon advises us to love nothing more than enough. Pit. tacus desires us to do all Things by a Mediocrity; that is, with Moderation. These wise Sayings well understood and practis’d, might regulate our Prudence, both in our spiritual Gitts and Goods, either of Body,Soul or Fortune, with perfect Discretion. They would prevent a great many vain Curiosities, in searching and prying into Supernaturals, far above the Reach of humane Capacity, Koowledge or Comprehension. A Man blinds himself by too Dear an Inspection into the Sun's Beams. Too curious à Search deprives him both of the Light within and without, and leaves; him at Jaft in utter Darkness. Mysteries of Faith are veil! from our weak Eyes." The Arcana's of God are not to be pluckt out of Heaven by Angels,

and much less by Men. His Secrets cannot be discover'd or betray’d by Mortals. Şuch vain prying Tempers, and over-curious Researches, are never laudable or religious They are too inquisitive that seek for any other Beginning of all Things, than God. It is sporting with Divinity, and making a Ban

[ocr errors]

ter of Eternity by their wild Notions: as if any Thing could be from it self, or before it was; which proves the first Original, Eternal Cause , and Creator of all Beings. Of Three such bold Inquirers, One is sure to be an Atheist; as the Proverb says of the Physicians. Let them remember Aristotle's Face of drowning himself at Euripus in Eubea, for want of understanding the Reason of the Flux and 'Reflux of the Sea ; or Pliny's, of being burnt to Death at Mount Mongibel in Sicily, for want of knowing the cause of those terrible Fires and Haming Eruptions in the Country: Both undone by their own pernicious Curiosities and Conceits. Christian Philosophers and wiser Thea ologues, ought to know themselves better than to make too near Approaches to the Deity; ought to remain ignorant or rest in Faith, rather than be too curious or unbelieving; and to study their own finite Imperfections, more than Infinites or Incomprehensibles., The transcendent Perfection of God, is sufficient for all Things that do not imply a fiat Contra, diction to his eflential Nature ; from whence arose the general true Belief of the blessed Trinity: which, for that very reason, as well as Revelation, ought to be universal against all fuch deluded and incredulous Hereticks. Much Good may their vaia Novelties do them! If they can digest those Arian, Sacinian, or. Atheir fical Doctrines, that have been broach'd of late Days, 1.12

000 TRAVELLING indeed is sometimes attended

as Advantages of Knowledge. Abroad. It often prevents the good Husbandry of our own Hoyfes, Lands and Affairs, at Home, which

for

« PoprzedniaDalej »