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How much it concerns young Gentlemen and Ladies to guard them-
this lower World, and how infufficient they are to make them
Author of The Gentleman's Calling. They are here briefly
5. That of Reputation and Efteem in the World,
London, Printed for John Wyat, at the Rofe in St. Paul's
Young GENTRY, &c.
HERE is no great need of inftructing Young Gentlemen and Ladies what Af cendant they have over their Inferiors by Privileges of Birth, Titles of Honour, Precedency, Riches, and the like external Advantages, which diftinguish them from meaner People. These things for the moft part they foon understand, and fufficiently value. But with a tender Regard to their Souls, as well as with all Deference to their Quality, I beg Leave to remind them of a far more important Distinction amongst themselves than the fore-mentioned between them and others, viz. That thofe of them alone are truly noble and honourable to whom Honour is due upon a higher Account, and in whom it is made durable and immortal by the Addition of a folid intrinsick Goodness
to the fuperficial and vanifhing Splendor of outward Greatnefs. Such of them fhall be renowned while they live, and carry Honour and Felicity with them into another World, where they fhall for ever enjoy the utmoft Confummation thereof in the Perfection of Glory, while the reft, who neither love nor chufe what is really good, notwithstanding all the glittering Appearance of Earthly Pomp, fhall be extinguished with Ignominy, and forced to lie down at last in obfcure Darkness, infupportable Anguish, and eternal Confufion.
The very Heathen Philofophers, Hiftorians, Poets, and Orators, do all agree, that Honour and Nobility took its first Rife from Virtue; and fome of them are fo fevere as to maintain, That Virtue is the only true Nobility, the only fubftantial lafting Honour, far above all the perifhing Shadows of it. Neither will they give any Man Leave to arrogate to himself the Merit of his Ancestors, but plainly tell him, that unless he himself act worthily he difhonours his noble Progenitors, difgraces himself, and entails a Blemish on his Pofterity. Is it not then greatly to be lamented, that any Perfons defcended from an ancient and illuftrious Family, ingenuously educated, and poffeffing fair Eftates, magnificent Houfes, and large Revenues, fhould have no juft Senfe of Honour, nor take any Care that their Lives and Actions anfwer the Nobility of their Extraction, and the Eminency of their Rank and Station? Although their Titles and Efcocheons may
fhew that their Ancestors had Piety and Virtue, Courage and Magnanimity; that they adored God, obeyed their Prince, ferved their Country, and were famous in their Generation; yet if any of the Pofterity of fuch worthy Perfons fhall fo far degenerate as to lead an atheistical and profane, or a lewd and diffolute, or a voluptuous and effeminate Life, will the Glory of their Ancestors preferve them, either from the Difefteem of Men, or the Reproaches of their own Minds, or the Indignation of Almighty God?
This fort of PREFACE, more honest than polite, may perhaps feem not very proper to conciliate the good Opinion of fome Young Perfons of Quality, who are every Day entertained with Applaufes and Panegyricks, Complements and Careffes. But I would humbly befeech them to confider with themselves who is the Man that does them the most faithful Service. Is he the treacherous Flatterer, who intoxicates and destroys them with his luscious Poyfon? Or is he not rather the fincere Monitor, who by plain Advice opens their Eyes, that they may fee and avoid their Danger?
Early Piety, which I have recommended in a former Book as the Grand Concern of Youth in general, is as much the Concern of the Young Nobility and Gentry in particular as of any others. The Supreme Father and Lord of the Universe has propofed to all forts of Perfons, whether high or low, rich or poor,