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The Young Maiden   By: (1802-1892)

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THE YOUNG MAIDEN.

by

A. B. MUZZEY,

Author of The Young Man's Friend, Sunday School Guide, &C

"Young Men, and Maidens; Let them praise the name of the Lord."

Tenth Edition.

Boston Wm. Crosby & H. P. Nichols, 111 Washington Street 1848.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1840, by A. B. Muzzey, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

Cambridge: Metcalf and Company, Printers to the University.

CONTENTS.

Chapter I. The Capacities of Woman, page 5 Chapter II. Female Influence, 30 Chapter III. Female Education, 53 Chapter IV. Home, 81 Chapter V. Society, 107 Chapter VI. Love, 136 Chapter VII. Single Life, 151 Chapter VIII. Reasons for Marriage, 163 Chapter IX. Conditions of True Marriage, 191 Chapter X. Society of Young Men, 205 Chapter XI. First Love, 213 Chapter XII. Conduct during Engagement, 222 Chapter XIII. Trials of Woman, and her Solace, 237 Chapter XIV. Encouragements, 255

DEDICATION.

TO THE YOUNG MAIDENS OF OUR FAVORED UNION, THIS VOLUME IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED, BY THEIR FRIEND, THE AUTHOR.

THE YOUNG MAIDEN.

Chapter I.

THE CAPACITIES OF WOMAN.

The appropriate sphere of woman how ascertained. By considering her Intellectual, Moral, and Physical Constitution; by a view of the Scripture teachings on this point; by a reference to History, observation, and experience. The women of Babylon. Patriotism of Phoenician women. Grecians and Romans. Modern Pagan Women. Occupations and Habits of Christian females friendly to improvement. State of Society, especially in this country, favorable. Effect of Chivalry on woman. The division of Duties between the sexes, and their Mutual Influence demand separate spheres. Woman should not engage in severe Physical toil. Milton's opinion. Nor in Political life. Plato's theory. Nor in promiscuous public Discussions. Home one part of her sphere. Private Beneficence. The Statue of ivory better than that of brass. Society requires Woman's presence. Lord Halifax's a good view of Female capacities.

Before entering on any statement of duties, it is incumbent on us to determine what power there is to perform them. An angel's task may not be laid on a mere mortal. It is only where many talents have been given, that great returns can justly be required. Nor should our requisitions fall below the powers of those of whom they are made. We may not claim simply a child's service, where the ability of a giant clearly exists. Achilles would spurn the light offices of Adonis. So will that woman, who regards her sex as co equal in every part of their nature, with the opposite sex, contemn the delicate tasks, usually termed feminine.

Much is said in our age and country of the appropriate sphere of woman. The discussion of that point is too interesting and too important to be passed over in this work, but the consideration of it involves another, viz., What are her Natural Capacities? How does she compare with, and wherein differ from man? This topic seems a fit introduction to what may follow in our survey of the wide field now open before us.

The capacities of woman may be ascertained by the study of her Physical, Intellectual, and Moral constitution; by the disclosures of the Sacred Scriptures; and by a reference to History, observation and experience... Continue reading book >>




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