Excerpt from Essays and PoemsIn the first place, what is Woman? We will take our answer from Genesis ii, 23- And Adam said. This is now bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh- she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. The wordMoreExcerpt from Essays and PoemsIn the first place, what is Woman? We will take our answer from Genesis ii, 23- And Adam said.
This is now bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh- she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. The word itself is, I believe, of Anglo-Saxon origin, and means, literally, wife-man, or wife of man, thus woman should be mans help-meet, and although called the weaker sex, she does, I doubt not, possess more power, exert a greater influence, and holds a more responsible position in the world than man.
If the women of our day were more true in character, more earnest and upright in principle, and more alive to their responsibilities, we should not only have purer and more virtuous women, but nobler men, happier homes, and a more prosperous nation- for if woman is not the head, she is the neck, and turns the head as fancy or will directs- and if man holds the reins, as a rule she shows him which way to go. The song says that Adam the very first woman obeyed, and that she will manage it so that the very last man shall the very last woman obey.
It is not intended that this paper should merely sound forth the praises of woman, being one myself, and knowing that we come far short of what we ought to be, but rather to implant in the heart of some woman, young or old, rich or poor, an earnest desire to be all that a true woman should be, for a gracious woman retaineth honour, and a virtuous woman is a crown to her husband.
The stronger sex need to look out for something more than the bright eye, the rosy cheek and witty tongue- something that in years to come will make their homes bright and their future happy in time and safe for eternity.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books.
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