Sermons to Young Women

Sermons to Young Women This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book without typos from the publisher Not indexed Not illustrated e

  • Title: Sermons to Young Women
  • Author: James Fordyce
  • ISBN: 9781230348322
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book without typos from the publisher Not indexed Not illustrated 1809 edition Excerpt SERMON I ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FEMALE SEX, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNGER PART aft that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedneThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book without typos from the publisher Not indexed Not illustrated 1809 edition Excerpt SERMON I ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FEMALE SEX, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNGER PART aft that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety not with broidertd hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array, but Cvthich becoineth women professing godliness J with good worfcs AN a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire DEGREES is the Almighty s question by the mouth of a prophet Splendid attire and rich ornaments are in many places of scripture spoken of without censure, and in some with approbation The king s daughter, says the psalmist, is all glorious within he adds, her clothing is of wrought gold she shall be brought into the king in raiment of needle work The Virtuous Woman is in the proverbs applauded for clothing her household with scarlet, and herself with silk and purple The creator has poured unbounded beauty over his works Witness the flowers of the field, celebrated by Our Saviour himself witness the gems of the mine, mentioned in the Revelation of St John, as employed to give additional lustre even to the New Jerusalem witness, in general, all that wonderful colouring, and those fair proportions, that please the eye, and amuse 1 Tim ii 8, 9,10 Vol I A the imagination, with endless variety Who can resist, who indeed ought to resist, the agreeable effect Surely the Author of Nature does nothing in vain He surely meant, that by beholding her with delight we might be led to copy her with care, and from contemplating the inferior orders of beauty rise to the admiration of that which is supreme As he has furnished infinite materials for the exercise and entertainment, no less than for the provision and accommodation of man so has he inspired that genius, and supplied

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    1. This is not an light read, but a necessary one if one wants to delve further into the world of the female novelist. Especially regarding Jane Austen and Mary Shelly. James Fordyce's ideas and sermons are very critical, and, as a result, they shaped a generation of female readers and writers who, either defied or contested, his views through their novels.

    2. This edition can be read for free on Google books: books.google/books?id=EPvo . It's the scanned version of the 14th edition of James Fordyce's Sermons to Young Women in two Volumes, Vol.I , published in 1814.Review will follow.

    3. Much less obnoxious than I expected, actually. There was a lot about how character is more important than beauty or finery and, while he had some quite harsh things to say about atheist zealots('a monstrous species of men, who one would not think had any existence in nature, were they not to be met with in ordinary conversation'), he also had much to say about religious zealots. It's a useful book for getting an idea of what was expected of women (and men) in the late 18th Cent.

    4. This is about as dry, didactic and anti-feministas you would expect from Jane Austen'sline in Pride & Prejudice.

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