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( 39 ) The Law, that is perfect and good, would have no Man condemned, nor yet justified, until his Cause be both fully heard and known - Boetius:

The whole Body of the Law Civil, hath thefe three Principles, (viz.) Live honestly, hurt no Man, and give unto every Man his due.

The Law of God cannot be truly kept with the Heart; if by Deeds it be defpifed ; for no Man keepeth the Law with his Heart, unless he loves the Law; and he that loveth it, doth according to the Nature of Love, and fulfilleth it to the utmost of his Power. Pythagoras

The way to Bliss, iš to love ali Men, and to be subject to the Laws, but to obey God more than Man.

The Good need but few Laws; för Things are not accommodae. ted to Laws, but Laws to Things.. Theophraft.

Those are only Noble, that are. Vertuous. Antifthenes.

True Honour is the Fruit of Vertue and Truth. Plato.

The worthy Honour resteth not in the Dignity that we have, but in

the Stomar

the utmost of

the good works, whereby we merit it. Mar. Aurel.

The nearest way to attain Glory, iš, for a Man to endeavour himself to be such an one indeed, as he would be accounted to be. Socrates.

He that to his Noble Lineage, ad* deth Vertue and good conditions, is highly to be praifed. Tullius. .

Humility is the Sister of Nobility:

He is worthy of Honour; who wile leth the good of every Man; and he is much unworthy thereof, who feeketh his own Profit, and oppresseth others. Tullius.

An injur'd Man had better have a Noble Heart to forgive his Enemy, than to be revengd on him, and kill him. Alex..mag.

Nobility is not only in Dignity and ancient Lineage, nor great Revenues; Lands, or Possessions, but in Wisdom, Knowledge and Vertue, which in Man is very Nobility, and this Nobility bringeth Man to Dignity.

Honour ought to be given to Vertue, and not to Riches. Anachar sis

It is a shame for a Man to desire Hancur, because of his Noble Proge.


nitors, and not to deserve it by his own Vertue. Chryfoft.

They that are perfe&ly Wife, despise Worldly Honour.

Where Riches are honour'd, good Men are despis’d. Plato.

It is very Honourable, Excellent, and Praise-worthy, for a Man of Honour, to joyn to his high Office and Calling, the Vertue of Affability, Lowliness, tender Compassion and Pity; for thereby he draweth unto him the Hearts of a Multitude.

The Inferior Person, or Subject, ought to consider, that albeit in the Substance of a Soul and Body he is equal to his Superior; yet forafmuch as the Powers and Qualities of the Soul and Body, with the Disposition of Reason, be not in every Man equal, God ordaind a Diversity of Prea eminence in Degrees to be among Men, for the necessary Preservation of them, in conformity of Living Justinian.

Naturally in times past, Wives were adorn'd with these Vertués vizi, To be Shamefac'd in their Countenances, Temperate in Words, Wise


of Wit, Sober in Going, Meek in Conversation, Pitiful in. Correction, well Regarding their Living, no Company-keepers, Stedfast in Promise, and constant in Love. Mar. Aurel. * There can be no greater Honour to an honest Wife, than to have an honest faithful Husband, who careth for her, and for no Woman effe. . Aristotled

The Husband can do his Wife no greater wrong, than to seek the Felä lowship of other Women. Aristotle.

The best way for a Man to keep his Wife chaste, is not to be jealous, but to be chaste himself, and faithful una to her. Socrates.

Such Wives as would rather have foolish Husbands, whom they might rule, than to be ruled by sober wise Men, are like him that'would rather. Head a Blind Man in an unknown Way, than follow one that can both see, and also knoweth the Way well: Herines.

Those Women, that keep themfelves in their Houses, well imployed in their Business, temperate in their Words, faithful to their Husbands,


well orderd in their Persons, peace. able with their Neighbours, being honest among their Domesticks, and shamefac'd among Strangers ; fych (I fay) have obtain'd great. Renown in their Lives, and left a worthy Memory of them after their Death Mar. Aurel. and Socrates.

Women, that would have Joy of their Daughters, ought to take from them all such Occasions and Liberty, whereby they should be evil. Mar. Aurel.

The Woman that will keep her self from Care, and her Daughter from Peril, ought to see the Time of her Daughter always well spent in fome Godly and Honest Exercise : When the Hands are imployed in any good Exercise, then the Heart is void from many idle and vain Thoughts.

If thou haft under thee' a Charge of Children and Family, bring them up reverently, in Obedience and Cha ftity. Mar. Aurel. • So Educate thy Children in their Youth, that they afterwards fall not to Wickedness, and then their Sin be imputed unto thee.


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