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or declining towards the grave; from a repugnance to marriage produced by affection surviving the loss of a beloved object prematurely snatched away by death; if in consequence of any of these or of similar causes a woman continues single, is she to be despised? Let it be admitted that there are some individuals, who, by manifest ill-temper, or by other repulsive parts of their character, have even from their youth precluded themselves from the chance of receiving matrimonial proposals. Is this a reason for branding unmarried women of a middle
age with a general ftigma? Be it admitted that certain peculiarities of deportment, certain faults of disposition, are proverbially frequent in women, who have long remained single. Let it then also be remembered that every situation of life has a tendency to encourage some particular errors and failings; that the defects of women, who, by choice or by necessity, are in a situation extremely different froin that in which the generality of their sex is placed, will always attract more than their proportional share of attention; and that whenever attention is directed to wards them, it is no more than common justice at the same time to render signal praise to the individuals, who are free from the faults in manners and temper, which many under fimilar circumstances have contracted. Let it also be observed, that in the situation of the persons in question there are peculiarities, the recollection of which will produce in a generous mind impreffions very different from scorn. They are persons cut off from a state of life usually regarded as the most desirable. They are frequently unprovided with friends, on whofe advice or assistance they can thoroughly confide. Sometimes they are deftitute of a settled home ; and compelled by a scanty income to depend on the protection, and bear the humours, of supercilious relations. Sometimes in obscure retreats, solitary, and among strangers, they wear away the hours of sickness and of
age, unfurnished with the means of procuring the affiftance and the comforts which sinking health demands. Let not unfeeling derision be added to the difficulties which it has perhaps been impossible to avoid, or virtue not to decline.
of Marriage DON'T believe that any one I
person should be "boss.” Sometimes the husband is wiser; sometimes the wife. Women
more easily annoyed by trifles than are men.
In vital things it is usually the woman who stands firm and will not let herself be moved.
I think a woman's love is a greater compliment to a man today than it ever was,
for years ago her love was a meal ticket sometimes. Today she has rights. She is free. Now, if she loves a man, that man should feel highly honored.
ON THE DUTIES OF THE DECLINE OF
The course of our enquiry now condu&s us to the period, when gray hairs and augmenting infirmities forebode with louder and louder admonition the common termination of mortality. The spring and fummer of life are past; autumn is far advanced; the frown of winter is already felt. Age has its privileges and its honours. It claims exemption from the more arduous offices of society, to which its strength is no longer equal ; and immunity from some at least of the exertions, the fruit of which it cannot enjoy. Deprived of many active pleasures, it claims an equivalent of ease and repose. Forced to contract the sphere of its utility, it claims a grateful remembrance of former services. From the child and
the near relation, it claims duty and love: from all, tenderness and respect. Its claims are just, acceptable, and sacred. Reason approves them; sympathy welcomes them; Revelation sanctions them. “Let children
requite their parents (s).” Despise not
thy mother when she is old (t).” " treat the elder women as mothers (ul)." “ Ye younger, submit yourselves unto the “ elder (x).” “ Thou shalt rise up
before “ the hoary head (y).” But if age
would be regarded with affection and reverence; it muft shew itself invested with the qualities by which those feelings are to be conciliated. It must be useful according to its ability, by example, if not by exertion. If unable to continue the full exercise of active virtues, it must display the excellence of those which are passive. It must resist the temptations by which it is beset, and guard itself against indulging faults on the plea of infirmity. In a word, if the “hoary head”
(s) 1 Tim. v. 4.
(t) Prov. xxiii. 22. (*) 1 Peter, v. 5.