The history of Lavinia Rawlins

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Page 237 - She informeth the minds of her children with wisdom ; she fashioneth their manners from the example of her own goodness. The word of her mouth is the law of their youth, the motion of her eye commandeth obedience.
Page 237 - The care of her family is her whole delight, to that alone she applieth her study : and elegance with frugality is seen in her mansions.
Page 237 - The word of her mouth is the law of their youth ; the motion of her eye commandeth their obedience. She speaketh, and her servants fly ; she...
Page 236 - Her eye speaketh softness and love ; but Discretion, with a sceptre, sitteth on her brow. The tongue of the licentious is dumb in her presence, the awe of her virtue keepeth him silent. When scandal is busy, and the fame of her neighbour is tossed from tongue to tongue, if charity and good nature open not her mouth, the finger of silence resteth on her lip.
Page 233 - When pain and sickness assault her, let thy tenderness soothe her affliction : a look from thee of pity and love shall alleviate her grief, or mitigate her pain, and be of more avail than ten physicians. Consider the tenderness of her sex, the delicacy of her frame; and be not severe to her weakness, but remember thine own imperfections.
Page 231 - ... and her eyes with boldness rove on the faces of men ; though her beauty were as the sun in the firmament of heaven, turn thy face from her charms, turn thy feet from her paths, and suffer not thy soul to be ensnared by the allurements of imagination.
Page 234 - ... of thy form; and thy beauty, like the rose it resembleth, shall retain its sweetness when its bloom is withered. In the spring of thy youth, in the morning of thy days; when the eyes of men gaze on thee with delight, and nature whispereth in thine ear the meaning of their looks; ah ! hear with caution their seducing words, guard well thy heart, nor listen to their soft persuasions.
Page 238 - In prosperity she is not puffed up ; in adversity she healeth the wounds of fortune with patience. The troubles of her husband are alleviated by her counsels, and sweetened by her endearments : he putteth his heart in her bosom, and receiveth comfort. Happy is the man that hath made her his wife ; happy the child that calleth her mother.
Page 235 - Her hand seeketh employment ; her foot delighteth not in gadding abroad. " She is clothed with neatness, she is fed with temperance ; humility and meekness are as a crown of glory circling her head.
Page 236 - ... prudence, and virtue attendeth at her right hand. Her eye speaketh softness and love ; but discretion with a sceptre sitteth on her brow. The tongue of the licentious is dumb in her presence ; the awe of her virtue keepeth him silent.

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