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iing they will enjoy during her Reign. She gives Sped-
mcns of. her Condu«5l in every Kdt of Life. Nothing can
add new Merit to her : She is celebrated in every Inftancc ;
ilivefted of Pride and Vanity. Take her adorn'd in all the
Splendor of the BritiJI) Court, there appears no Oftentation ;
<he dieffes to pleafurc her Confort, more than to fatisfy any
Vain glor)' in herfclf. To the King fhc performs the O-

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tedicnce of a DaugTiter-in-Jaw, to her' Confort the Diifjt
of a Wife, to the Princes the Indulgence of a Parent, and
to her Attendants, a Mother rather than a Miftrcfs. If
there is any Ambition, it is to excel her ojvn Sex in Meek-*
nefs and good Works : They are the principal Ends to Re*
ligion. She is a /hining Ornament on folemn Days ; ihe
attends at the facred Altar to break Bread and drink Wine
with her crucify'd Jefus. View this Princefs in publick AC»
iemblies, or in Retirement. She is an eftablifh'd Chriftian,
fix*d and grounded in the Catholick Faith : " Her Charity is
univerfal, not contra^ed. She cenfures none becaufc the^
don't receive the Sacraments on tlieir Knees with her ar»
dent Zeal. It is the Intenfenefs of the Heart (he looks at.
Outward Ceremonies without inward Devotion fet us (hort
of the Kingdom of Chrift, In this (he owns her/elf a
Member of the one only true Church. This Do(S:rine wat
inftiird in her from her very Infancy. Her Ancefiors liv'd
and dy*d in Unity with every Society. One of that Royal
Family declar'd-, he believ'd that neither JtiVy Turk^ Hea-
then nor Pagan^ will perifli everlaftingly, who offer up Sa-
crifices in their Temples with a pure Mind. Says this
Prince, Thofe that never heard of Chrift will not be judged
by his Gofpel, but by their own Laws and Cuftoms, ox
from the Volume of Nature. O glorified Saint, what
Ihall I fay of thy god-like Principles? The very Expreffi-
ons raife a Love in my Soul to thy Memory j they throw
me into deep Contemplation, and make me reflect on the
different Period of good and bad Princes. As to this one
particular Article of Unity and Chriftian Charity to all So*
cieties and Opinions whatfoever, their Lives are incirclcd
with Honour, and their End with Peace. Such never op-
preG) the Stranger, the Fatherlefs, nor the Widows j they
ihed not innocent Blood, nor walk after evil Counfels. .1
let my Mind go fo far, in Oppofition to all Perfecution,
and the divine Sayings of the deceas*d Prince in his departing
Moments, that they may live till Time fliall be no more.
Will not all confin'd in Galleys on Account of Confcience,
rife up and call this Prince blefled ? Will not the pcrfccuted
Proteftants in France and Germany pay Remembrance to his
dying Slumberance? The Reflection upon this Prince's
Death had been a melancholy Entertainment,' •were the
Thoughts not reviy'd with the Profpedl that Zophia will, ia
all Virtues, tread in the -^tiy fame Steps, and inftru^
Prince George^ Prince Edward^ and the Princcilcs Jugujftt,
and Elizabeth^ to imitate and paint after their Royal An*
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cellors. Then they will appear to iHx Eye of* Eurc^f ai
bright Stars, and be cal I'd .Glorious from their very Infancy.
Then there will be no Retreats in thefe Mands to the Clifi
of Rocks, nor dark Caves, for the Perfccuted to be con-
Ceard and hid in from the Force of Violence and Fury;



The Virgin in Edens Memorial to
Prince George, Prince Edwardy and
the Princefe Augujla.

TH O' this Piece b drawn up by a Pilgrim at Abraham*^
Houfe in Canaan^ one in the Bloom of Youth ; yet
It may live till the Frame of Nature comes to be diflblv'd,
and faU into its primitive Nothing, as being addrcfs'd to
Infant Princes for them to read and praftifc. Shou'd this
be received and countenanc*d, what can add more Glory to
their Names? Will not one Generation tell another,
will not Hiftory record it^ that G targe ^ Edward^ and
Jugu/ioy gave Examples of Chriftlan Virtue even from
their very Cradles, in their Childhood ? What more beau*-
tiful than to fee young Branches of the Royal Famify be-
gin to inure themfelves to Piety ? The Reward will be
Wifdom.in their Counfels, in their Armies Vii^ory, Trade
will flourifb. Virtue rever'd, and Vice bani{h*d from tbe
Court. Then no domeftick Enemies but Atheifts and
Blafphemers. We that are the Inhabitants of Canaan put
up our Petitions, that thefe tranfcendent Bleflings may
bloom and flourifb. Books and Retirement are our Enter-
tainment : they beautify the Soul. What ftains the Cha-
ra£ler of Princes more, than to aflemble in Company of
corrupt Morals ?_ Heirs to Crowns and Sceptres (hould be
endow'd with diftinguifliing Parts. Great Minds convey
their Ideas beyond infignificant and trifling Amufement?,
and afpire only to what is truly commendable. Ad not
below your Dignity ; that will ftain and fully your Cha- '
racers. But I am gone beyond what I defign'd, and had
almoft forgot, what I chiefly propos'd, to tell this Royal
Train how happy we in Canaan fpend our Days with
Converts on their Journey to the heavenly yerujalem at
AbrabanCz Houfe. There arc no Difputcs about rre-cmi-

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nences, nor a Queftion ask'd, Who is the greatcft ? In ouf
Situation all is familiar and inoffcnnve. Nothing gives our
Converfation Difturbance. Wc take Profpe^ls around ch«
Globe, and view the heavenly Bodies ; there obferve the
Seafons and Returns of the Year, Spring and Autumn, die
Rifing and Setting of the Sun. In the Morn, e'er Day
be light, we fendup our Thoughts to the holy Oracle i at
Noon, in the Heat of the Day, wc retire to cool
Bowers and Banks of Rofes ; there cail our Eyes to the
yonder Regions, where Mary^ and CafoUna^ and the An-
ceftors of the Princefs Sophia now live in Gbry, above thif
Bank of Duft. Tho* thcfe Princes bore the Weight of
Government, they perform'd every Chriflian l^uXy^ and
frequently retired to Solitude, to acquaint themfelvcs with
their crucified Jefus. In thefe high Orders we live ia
CanaaTty and teJl each other what the Infant Martyrs en-
joy, that were maflacred by Herod the Tyrant before they
arriv'd at the Period of two Years. This Perfecution
was defign'd to murder the Babe Jefus, the Son of the V^r*
gin Mary. Sacrifice none, tho' thev fall down in the Street
^nd worfhip the Hofl. May not their Souls be as precious
In the Eye of an AlKfeeing Eflencc, as we that pay no A-
doration to departed Saints ? Th'is Faith is Chriftian Cha-
rity ; thefe Principles will bring Peace in dying Moipents.
This IS the Religion we Pilgrims profeis and pra^lile ia
Cana4n. X^arn this Le/Ibn : Live and die by thei«;
Rules. Co into youf Parks and Gardens, as w^ do ia
our Fields and Groves ; *nd there you'll find,- that whsit
with the Fanning of the Winds, the Ruftling of the
Leav^, and the Serenity of the Air, will inure you hf de-
grees to the Love of Solitude, and with Thoughts of an
^ndlefij Eternity. We are naturally j-efre(h*d by the
Melody of the Birds in Caman*& Wildernefles. Thefe
iSongs are to us as divine Anthems, fweet and ierene } the
very Emblems oi the unfeen World of Joys. At Night w«
walk in green Alleys, and behold the wandring Moon in-
creafe dM change, and riding in her Orb. Then wc joofe
iurther, and view the Stars ranged in regular Order, more
beauti/ul than ^ Army drawn up to folemnizc a fignal Vi-
ikory, Tbu$ we % ia Thought, like the Winp qi
Eagles, from one bpaytiful Obje<a to another. Should
jPrinc(: Bdiwird^ Prince Georgia and Princels Aug^flay now
JA tjbeir Infancy, be tn(bu^ed to read this State of Inno»
fency, and be feen publickly to deliver printed Copies t^
the yoiMg .N9bility of W^ ^^cs that attend their feveral

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Cdur6 ; I am furc fhould this be done, if there is ait ori-
ginal Being that fram'd the Univerfc, and created all Crea-.
cures out of notliing, the fucceeding Kings will be attended
with fome diftinguifhing Bleffings of Divine Providence*
Crown*d Heads will revere the A6t. Virtue in Princes
difplays fuch glorious Lights, that even the vileft of Ty-
rants will pay their Memory a kind of facred Honour.
Piety ever was, and ever will be cfleemM, let it be dreis'd
in Scarlet, or in Rag&



An Emblem of Sodom and Canaan^
prefented by Ifaac tlie Defcendant of

AbrahafTU .



TH O' but a Youth, lama Pilgrim and Stranger, as
all my Forefathers were. By Virtue I am enlighten'^
to inflrudl the Aged, and tell them, that in primitiveTimes
Allegories were efleem'd as religious Entertainment. When
I confider populous Cities as thev are qualify'd, I find them
very dcfedive in Comparifon of retir'd Seats, inhabited by
rele£^ Societies, pure in Mind, and agreeable in Converfa-
tion. For tho* the firft may appear more auguft and mag-
nificent by their fpacious Buildings, there is fomething in
the latter that refcmbles Paradife in its original State before
the Fall of Man. Wide Streets, fine Paintings, rich Fur-
jiiture, and gilded Chariots, come far fhort in Comparifon
of a College, fituated with the Profpe6l of Fields and
Vineyards. There the Eye may wander without Confine-
ment, and behold infinite Variety of Objeds, without
Gaining the Thoughts with Vanity. The Prophets and
Patriarchs from the firll Ages retreated to Solitude : the ho-
ly Jefus retir'd to fecrct Recefles to converfe with his Apo-
Itles and Evangelifls. There is more Delight in viewing
the rough Draughts of Nature, than in the Images we be-
hold in populous Towns. In Fields and Foicfts our Ideas
are refined by viewing the Works of God : they are worth
furvcying. What Reprcfcntations can be more fublime^
than the original Copies: they fhew the infinite Power
there was in their Creation. And yet how many Curiofi-
ties arc concealed from the Eye, hid in ihit deep Ocean, in
Rocks, in Mines, and in Pillars of Marble ? Tbcfc M»-

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rufcripts are beautiful Leflbns for the prefent Generation to
read. What we fee in large Metaphoricals, are they not *
the Works of Man ? Art can draw the Appearance of na- '
vigable Rivers, Parks, Forefts, Fountains, and Springs;
the Waves of the Sea, the Ebbing and Flowing of the •
Tide, the Fluctuations of the Water, Ships riding in Har* *
bour, Yatchs failing crofs the Channels, and Barges float- "
ing in fliird Streams. I have feen in Sodom Landskips re-
prefenting Trees waving to and fro with the Winds, and
young Swans landed on the Shoar by their Parent walking
among the Flags. I have feen Pictures of Eagles flying in
the Air, and Herds of Deer ranging through Chacc and '
Forefts. I have feen in Needle- Work, Hawks in PurRiit
of their Prey, and the Fox in the Chacc. But what arc
all thefe Pieces more than Shadows or Ties to humour filljr
Mortals ? Go to the Virgin at Abraham*s Houfe ; there are
Pleafures far above any thing carved out on Tables of Bra^
Pillars of Stone, or Plates of Steel. .

What are the little Plots and Gardens we have in Cities^
but only to amufe fuch as admire a Town-Life ? How
narrow are thefe to the Extent and Elegance we meet with
in large Plantations, Groves and WildernefTcs in Sodom f
There are Clouds of Smoke Morning and Evening, Mifts
and Fogs. I had rather fee a Marfh overgrown with
Willows, or a Mountain cover'd with Mofs, than to be-
hold Rofes and Pinks that are ftain*d and foil'd by the nau-
feous Fumes arifing from the Shears and Sinks in narrow
Streets and Lanes. * .

A little Cottage in the Country is to my Mind a more
pleafing View, than Globes and Pyramids growing in rank
Soils. Give me the Sight of Trees ; the Boughs bent with
the Weight of their Fruit, is infinitely more beautiful than
all the fine Strokes of Art. It is not the Gaiety and Va-
riety of Colours, nor the Symmetry and Proportion of
Parts in the Arrangement and Difpofition of Obje<3s, or
in a juft Mixture or Concurrence of all together, amongft
thefe feveral Kinds. A wife Man takes more Delight in
living in a private Retreat, out of Noifc and Show : then
he converfes with high-born Beings; he views the Tracks
of Heaven } he fees the Sun come forth of his Chamber^
adorn'd in all his Brightnefs. At Night he views the Ele-
ment indrcled with bright Stars, the Moon rifing, and the
Planets walking in their Order. Thefe Scenes difcovcr to
him the difFerent Situation, and conveys his Ideas to thole
Regions that are beyond the Sphere of this Globe of Clay.
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f ^edom IS a dull Situation ; the Inhabitants hear not the
Larks fmg their early Mattins, nor behold the Fall of the
Rivers, or the Water fpring out of Rocks : But in (Umaam
we are awakened e'er Day be light; the Chapel Bell calls
us up to Praycre; there we unite our Voices with the Ta*-
hrcx^ the Harp, and the Dulcimer, and fmg the Tunc of
Sisn, O blefled Harmony I O fweet Retreat I This is the
State of Virtue. Jhraham\ Houfe is an Inn for Pil-
grims, on their Progress to the Ark of God ; the Ha*
vcn prepared for pure and undcfird Virgins, that never a^
cd tl}e Part of Pameloy to parley Night and Day with a
hwd. Rake to raife Emulation. True Virtue retreats at
the firfl Temptation, and chufes rather to ftarve in a Cave,
than to converfe with a Man that oficrs once to tempt her
Chaftity-

^lay this Emblem of Sodam and Canaan dwell on the
Mind of each Sex. This will bring Peace in Profpcrity,
in Adverfity, and in the lad Moments of h\St»



Univerfal Charity imitates the Saviour
of the World

IF Sacred Writ be Truth, no Man can be t Chrillian in Life
and Do^rinc, that judges or cenfurcs any Speech or Lao»
guagc if Points of Religion, or Principles of Fai^h. Neither
can we be perfefl, unlefs we arc inverted with a Spirit of Mer-
cy and Pity to all living Creatures in Diftrcfs and rain.

Doft thou believe the Rcfurreaion of thy Body f Think of
Peach ; ihev^ Humanity to thy own Image« and evea to Ani»
Fials and Infe6ls; a^ do Cruelty to the leaft Creature on the
Face of the whole Earth ; take notice of Objefls that bend ud*
^er heavy Burdens, or worn out by Age or Labour. Hear the
Cries of Prifoners, the Groans of the Sick, and the Sighs of
Widows and Orphan*. Ask not what Church or Society they
belong to, but if it be in thy Power relieve |hem. CaB not
back thy Charity from the unbelieving ^/w/, ilor Turks^ Hei-
cKens or Pagans. If you behold an Atheift or BUfphemer pe-
riihivg with Hunger, Cold, or Nakednefs, let him not die;
thy Charity may be his ConveriioB.

Such Sacrifices Jefus will take as o0erM upon \k\$ own (acred
Altar : he will repay both Principal and Jntcrefl tenfold in both
Worlds ; they fhaJl have Peace here, and Glory in endlcfs Agca.

Now the Author moft humbly petitions the Publick in Chnft*#
Kame, to make one A^ of Charity unr^'erfal in this Ifland.
That IS often as any Hoofckceper, or ether Perfbn^ boils any

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Botche^i Meat, 9n3 makes no Ufe of tlie Liqaor In tKeir'
own Families, that they would be fo good to engage their Seri
vants fiot to wafts or fling the iame aWay as ulu;d, but give
ic to poor Families. Ever/ Quart of fuch Liquor is worth to
them one Half-penny, for to boil up with Oatmeal, Flower^
Rice« Wheat, or the Rifpings of Bread. This is no Expence
to the Donors. But how rou<^b greater will the Charity be^
for Perfons in plentiful Circumftances, to order their Servant!
to boil up the iald Li^tior with Peafe, and give it at their
Door to the Poor, or fend it to indigent Families in their Neigh*
bourhood, when it is hot and fit to cat. This will be Meat,
Drink and Cloth to hungry Souls. The Charge of Peafe is ft
Trifle, not worth the naming, in Houfes where there is Plenty,
One Three pence expendei this way, is of greater Service than
Two Shillings and Six' pence in Money.

Shou*d this Humanity become general. Ten thoufand poor
Inhabitants may be fed cv^ry Day within the weekly Bills oJF
Mortality only : Many of which are now obligM to f ubfift, for
Weeks and Months together, with nothing but dry Bread an4
fair Water. Thofe that id this Charity ihali £nd Mercy in
their laft and dying Slumberaoce.

In MaitlaniTs Hiftory of Lfndcft, in treating of the Author's
inventing the Suh FirtO^u, the Printer by Millakc has inferc*
xd Jebtt Pevty inftcad of CbgrUs.



From N'. 3. in Little Aifie>ftreet,
Cooamaft'i-lieMt, StbUth-day
in the Moxslo|, Nov. x* 1741*

Charles Povey, Gent



rum 1^'. 3. 10 ii.)iuc ^viuc«iu^c«,

Cooamaft'i-lieMt, StbUth-day ^



FINIS.



A CATALOGUE of whit Pbints the Author
hath wrote upon and publifli'd, not yet redted
inhisTreatifes.

AN Enquiry into the Nature, Situation, Motion, l^t. of
the heavenly Bodies. Arguments to prove that the Un-
menfe Bodies in the Firmament were not maide for the Ufe of
ManonlVf '

A i>iipate in order to Ihew which Sex is mod guilty of tn-
continener. •

A philorophical Difconrfe touching the Originatiofi of
Things. -

The Opinions of ancient Philofophers about the Subflafice
tnd Nature of the Sun. A



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A Difcourfc of Heirs to Eftatci falling out about Trifles, aSi^
going to Law. "

The Compofition of licentious Authors juftly cenfur'd.

The ftipercilious Humours of mean Pcrfons advanced to high
Stations. .

A Letter from a Lady, wherein flie is very importunate to be
fatisfyM of the moll effectual Means for raifing her Fortune:
with the Author's Anfwer.

A Vifion, reprefcnting the A6ls of Opprcffion with tbofc of
Juftice. «

A Letter from a Gentleman to the Author, relating to a fin
mousPifturc.

. The Charafter of a fordid, ambitious Wretch.
. A DiiTuafivc from Marriage : with an Anfwer thereto.

A Dircourfc touching the Invention of new Words.

The Poverty of Languages whence occafionM.

Kefleftions on the capricious Humours of Fortune.

An EpilUe, in which the difmal £fi*e£l8 of Malice are laiil
down in very pat hctical Terms.

An Enquiry into the Subllance and Nature of the Soul. The
Opinions of the P/atoniJIs as to that Particular.

A Difcourfe of Humility and Vanity: their different Ends.

An Eflay touching the Original and Produftion of Thoughts.

A Qutftion propcs'd, v heiher the CuAetn offaluting Wonscn uponVifit*
be ccnfcrmablc to the Laws of Chaftity. The Opinions of Secratet and Se^
neea as to that Matter. Archbiihcp UJher% Judgment of the Cafe. Advice
to Virgin* en this Point.

Tht imhappy Fate of Offflv/tf, Wife of ATcw^,

The Diftinciion between rhjovis and Diijavit dearly explained from A-
JuiGtIUut,

The Character of a Gentlewoman remarkable for her Wit, Learning and
Prudence.

* "An AcrfTunt of a Gentleman that was foaffc^led by the Occafion of hit
Wife's Sickncfj, that he dy'd with Grief when he heard of her Death.

Our prcfcnt Divifions compar'd to the Quarrels between Soul and Body*

The Author's Conference with an Aftor touching the Licentiouiheis of
xnoft Plays.

A DIfcourfe of Menima, Wife of King Mithridateu The Evil of ezpeft«L
five Entertainments.

The Story of Grotto the famous Jtalien Painter.

A DiJpute, whether any modern Authors can be comparM with fieaiV
and Virgil, Derr.tjibenet and Cicero, Arifiophants, ^Terence, Se^bocUt, and
£urif>ideu < . '

An Exhortation to the fair Sex to apply themfclve* to noble AdTentiues*

A Difcourfc cf Wit, Merit, and Charaftcr.

Refle(£Vions upon the Royal Society* ... .^

Emblems of Profperity and Adverfity. / ;

The Author's Difcourie with a Man upon Liberality.

An EHay upon the lailing Perfe^ons of the Mind, and the lading Flow*
er» of Beauty.

A Difllrtation concerning the ExcefTcs moft Men run into in thefe^unes.

A Difcourfc of Good- breeding, and a liberal Education. ^

A Difcourfc how far, and to what Age, Men ought Co quke their Studiei
known to the World,

The Employment of the Thoughts on the Works of Nature.

Kcflcdtioas on Parents for not keeping a ftrid Difcipllne in their Fai^es*



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