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"Houshali not commit Adultery. What is ex-" M piefly and literally forbidden by this Commandment, namely, the impure Embraces of the Hu>ba d or Wise us our Neighbour, if we are sing'c, or desiling our own Marriage Bed if we are in the State of W.dlock, must necessarily we think be underftqbd by eve'y one ; though torry are weto fay it, th re L great Reason to sear it is very little reg.rd&d oy the Generality of Mankind; and especial y amongst Persons of Distinction, or thofe common'y cal ed the Beau Monde.
But, though this is certainly the literal Meaning of this P'rccepi, *ny one who should imagine there was np other Way of viol-ting this Law, than by th'- actual Coti.» ssi •n ot that Sin, would be most grievously mistaken: For, not only actual Forniction is also comprehended under this Head, but ah kinds of ;nordinate Lust, and consequently Incest, Sodomy, and. Bestiaity are likewise included » and this, must be evident to every consi- . derate P?r on, Vince the forme i« worse than Adultery itself, and the two latter not only moeaho-, rnjr.abie th^n either, but agiirdl Nature, and such Sins as dew do*. Fire from Heaven Wehavelaid BPtbli g oi Rnies, because they must come u der the Head of Adultery, or Fornication. Neither is this all, for all belf-Pollution,, a Vice, which by
rea on of the Secresy wherewith it may be committed, we sear, is but too much practised amongst young Perlons of both Se«es} (especially in such Plac-s where a great Number of them meet together, as in large Boarding-Schooli, and the like,) is equally forbidden thereby.
Kay, e-f such great Extent it this Commandmenr, there is too great Reason to believe, that scarce a Man or Woman, even of the most modest, we may almost add, scarce a Boy or Girl that is palt sifteen, but who has been guilty of trans
5|refling it. For, what fays our Saviour > Whosoever ooktth on a Woman to lust asttr her, bath committed Adultery with her already in bii Heart Who then can wipe their Mouths, and fay they are free? Again, all obscene Discourse, even such as is called amongst the Gay and Polite, double Entendrea.vihkh are generally esteemed, even by Women of Reputation, not only to be innocent Mirth, but even •rify and entertaining; all singing of immodest Songs, or even hearkening to them with Pleasure; with all reading lascivious Books, or gazing on filthy Pictures, and what is yet more, alt indulging unclean Thoughts, is likewise forbidden by, and a downright Contravention of this Law: Who then can plead Not Guilty?
Bur, neither is this the whole Extent thereof, for all dressing or dancing, so as to provoke Desire, with ill wanton Giances of the Eye, as also all rich Wines, stimu ating Cordials, and luxurious Diet, and above all, as being the Cause of every Vice,ail Id c icss, and indulging our Ease, areTransgressions of the farre Precept. What then must we mink of our p*e(cnt fashionable Ladies with their 7*te de Moutoni, and enermous Hoops, sitter for the Stage than modest Women J What of most of our Gentry and Nobility, wirh their Viper Wines and Broths, Cray-sish Soups, and other rich Sauces and
Provocative*? In short, what must'we think ot Mankind in genera]? Why truly, as the Scripture faith, that they are ell gone astray, they are all together become silthy; there it none that doeth Good, »»,. not one. Such then being (he great Extent of thit Commandment, that no one can fay he is clear of transgressing it, and such the Proneness of Mankind to Gallantry, as Whoredom and Adultery are now modishly called, that it is reckoned no Stain in a Man's Character, especially it he be of Fashion, and begins to be pretty much overlooked in the Ladies, the most likely Way we can think on to deter them from this so prevalent, so bewi ching a Sin, is to set besore their Eyes, in a strong Light, the dangerous Consequences, and manifest Ruin, generally attendant thereon.
Of thi<, were the Scripture regarded now-a days, we need not a more convincing Proof than the Words of Solomon, a Prince who was not only the wisest and most experienced of all Mankind, but was also divinely inspired. It cannot be faid theresore of such a one, that he did not know the World, for this would be an egregious Falshood; he not only knew it better, but had indulged himself more in all manner of Vanities, than any one who comes aster him can ever have the Opportunity or Power of doing. For what Account does he give of himself, Whatsoever mine Eyes desired I kept not from them, 1 iuith-held not my Heart from any Joy; For my Heart rejoiced in all my Lahour, and thit 'wat mi Portion of all my Lahour. Now, aster all his Experience, what faith thiswise Man os tue Beiavioar, Subtlety, Wiles, and inticing WaysofHarlots, and of the destructive Consequences of sollowing aster them 1
Does he not declare plainly, the Lipt of a strange Woman drop as an Honey Comb, and her Mouth ii smoother than Oil'.» but her End it bitter ai Wormivood, sharp «! <* two-edged Siutrd; her Feet go du'wn to Death i her Steps take bflJ ft Heft. l,tsi thyiwt shouldest ponder tie Path of ]Jfeyber Ways are move-* able, the.? canfi not know them. Therefore* con'jnuc* he, remove thy Way far from her, and come not nigh' the Door of her House: Lest thou give thine Honourunto others, and thy Tears unto the Cruel. L'Jl Strangers be silledwith thy Wealth, aui t:y Ltboie s be in the. House of a Stranger. 4"d thou mourn at the last* when thy, tUsb and Body are consumed, »Vh .t a st ong Description Is here of that Uettruction of Heahh. and Wealths of Body and Soul, that are the nt;-. cesfary Effects of pursuing such vicious Courses 1
'..And yet, in another Place, he is rather moreexprestive ; for, speaking of a youi g Man, who> had been weak enough to listen to the (educing Tongue of one ot thnse artful Creatures, Wi b her much fair Speech, fays, he, sbs caused him to yield, ivith the flattering o/ her Lips she forced him. He goeth#fter he> Jl/aitivay, at an Ox goeth to the Slaughtert er as a Foolto the Corredion ofthe Stocks: Till a Dart strike through bis Liver, as a Bird b-t/letb to the Snaret and knowth not that it is for bis Life. Hearken untome, now therefore, Dye Children, and at fend to the Words of my Month. Let not thine .Heart incline sober Ways, go nqt a/lruy in her Paths. For jhe hath, cast dovsn many lr ounded; yea, many strong Men have, been slum hy her. Her House Is the Way to Hetl, going down to the Chambers of Death.
With such a. lively Picture of evident Ruio before our Eyes is it not alioi :flvng, that any M.n should be drawn away by su;;h Worsen? KipecH. liy, when we daily iee every Part of this Account verisied in ourouD Street*. The poor yoMng Mao) who went into James Day's with one of his Piyers, ar.d was there thrown out at the W intiow, and barbarously murdered by them, undoubtedly thought himself very iase, in a narrow Alley, where the .'. .9 opposite Opposite Neighbours might have seen and heard every thing that passed; but nevertheless he was there miserably butchered, and sent out of the World in such a Condition as no considerate Person would b- wi ling to die in: And numberless Other melancholy Instances of the fame Kind might be produced, besides Hundreds which, we sear, are never brought to Light.. . i
And if such are the Dangers of following common Harlots, in whom no one cap claim a Proper* ty preserable to another, we may be well assured, from the very Nature of Things, that invading the Bed of another must be yet mure so; accordingly, the fame wife Man declares, that Whm committetb Adultery ivith a Woman tacketh Understanding; ht that doeth it destroy$tb bis oivn Sout. A Wound and Dishonour shall he get, and bit Reproach jbal! not be *ui~ fed away For Jeakusj is the Rage of a Man, there-' fire be luill not /pare in the Day of Vengeance. H* ixill not regard any Ransom; neither luiH be rest amtent, though thou givest many Gifts I
But settrng Religion for once aside, and supposing no Danger were to be apprehended to bur Souls, from such vicious Practices; aird supposing also Men couid be affined their Lives woutd be in Sasety both from any violent and secret Attempts) against them, though quite the Reverse is true, are there no other Inconveniences to be appiehended front such diffaiutc Courses; Yes (urely, and they" of such a shock ng Nature, as might be alone sufi sicient to deter any considerate Person from them. For let any one step iqto our Hospitals, and contemplate the miserable Spectacies he will there meet with of thole unhappy Wretches, who are dying by Inches, a Nuifance to themselves,and al) around them, and let him then fay whether these Martyij to impure Embraces, are not greater Sufferers than thofe who die in the Cau.e of Honour, or Reiigion, : .... without