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to many nameless cares and toils in rearing their children. Their anxieties are frequent, their schemes are manifold, their hopes are flattering, their fears are easily awakened, their prayers are fervent, and their satisfactions exquisite. Much falls to a mother's share as to the health and vigour of constitution of the young family; nor is she less employed, often she is more, than the father, in forming the mind, and in training up her sons and daughters to usefulness, respectability, and true enjoyment. We detract nothing from the worth and praise of a father in u training up his child in the way in which "he mould go," when we ascribe more to a mother's instructions. They are, as may be easily supposed and explained, more frequent, more tender, more winning and affecting; and, to her unspeakable joy, successful. The duty of a father requires him to be abroad ; he is in the fields, in his shop, on a journey, in the market; he directs others, he obeys others. The greater portion of the time of the children pastes with the mother, in that period when instruction is most necessary and most effectual. She knows their dispositions and capacities; she avails herself self of her presence, of her observations, and the convenient seasons of teaching, of reproving, of impressing and affecting their minds; in a word, of training them up to usefulness, to happiness, for God, and for immortality. Whatever the other parent is, the mother who feareth the Lord, with the father of the faithful, commands " her chil"dren and her household that they keep the "way of the Lord, to do justice andjudg"ment." Whatever others do, she resolves, with the leader of Israel, " as for me and my "house we will serve the Lord."
When her children go abroad into the world, exposed to new dangers, and called to new scenes and duties, they are on her heart 5 her best advices are affectionately and assiduously imparted; and she commends them to God and the word of his grace.
If the mother is single in these cares, and exertions, and prayers, her claim to esteem and commendation is increased; as we pity her, we admire her the more. But if her every care is her husband's also, if their efforts are equal, and if success crowns their
L labours labours of love, how happy is that family! Their friends and neighbours are much delighted, and all who know them are forward and cheerful in their commendations.
It is in the various stations and conditions of human life, that excellence appears and is manifested. Real worth may be the same in the fun and in the shade, in elevation and in depression. The value and beauty of the diamond is not lost when light is withdrawn; restore the light, and its brilliancy is restored: Nor is tinsel valuable because it attracts the admiration of the multitude. In adversity, the woman that feareth the Lord shall be praised, while she is contented, and resigned, and active, to the extent of her powers, committing herself and her family to the care and protection of a good Providence, in well-doing. A poor woman, a poor widow woman, who educates her children creditably, and to be useful and worthy members of society, and pious Christians, is a most respectable character, and is highly entitled to our esteem and praise.
But her sphere is narrow, her exertions
are are necessarily few, and of very limited influence; her heart would devise "liberal "things," but her hands are tied up; and few know, and fewer publish, her worthy fame.
Let Us therefore consider a woman that feareth the Lord, placed by Providence in an exalted station.
It cannot be denied that rank and opulence to many have proved dangerous and fatal. Many, alas! are the melancholy proofs, that in the day of prosperity, when God addresses them, men will not hear. "They are "set," says the Psalmist, "on slippery pla"ces." They are corrupted; they corrupt others. But, has the fear of the Lord taken possession of the heart, and are all things regarded by the eye of faith, and with the sentiments of devotion? exalted station, and superior wealth and influence, become eminently precious; they at once manifest, and diffuse, and preserve the qualities, and character, and conduct, that are most amiable, and useful, and blissful. The heart does not feel for distress with unavailing pity; the hand relieves: To a great extent, to wants L 2 and and ills of various kinds, supply, and remedies, and comforts are afforded. The haunts of poverty are known; the bed of pain is visited; misfortune is assisted; grief is alleviated; enjoyment is imparted or restored. It is not the body alone, it is not outward condition, that wholly engross the attention, the cares, and the liberality of the pious; there are other things that more affect and penetrate the heart. Where ignorance, and vice, and irreligion, and impenitence are, there must be wretchedness. The pious woman beholds their abodes with deep concern. Poverty may be cheerful and happy; vice is miserable. While the heart is touched, and the lamentation uttered, and the prayer is poured forth, for reclaiming and converting sinners, for rescuing from destruction, for restoring to God and happiness; schemes are devised, and means are employed, for these most benevolent and important objects.