A Looking-Glasse for Women, 1644
London Printed for R.W. 1644
A Spie for Pride:
The unlawfullnesse of any outward adorning of any attaire of Haire, either in laying forth the Haire, or in crisping of the Haire,
or in broidered of Haire in all Women, but especially in godly Women, declared fully by the Scripture.
And those scriptures and carnall Objections answered, which are seemingly made for it
published for R.W.
Transcribed from Early English Books Online
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A Spie for Pride:
The unlawfullnesse of any outward adorning
of any attaire of Haire, either in laying forth
the Haire, or in crisping of the Haire, or in
broidered Haire in all Women but especially
in godly Women, declared fully by the
Also those Scriptures and carnall Objections answered,
which are seemingly made for it.
Prov.22.23. Buy the truth and sell it not.
Col.2.6. As you have therefore received the Lord Jesus Christ, so walke you in him.
London Printed for R.W. 1644.
A Looking-Glasse for Women
Aesthetic block depicting three women in a garden surrounded by vines and leaves.
To the Christian Reader
I have a long time sate down in my thoughts,
to admire a while, to see the strain of the
world, how there is nothing wanting in
to make up their destruction, they will
take pains to be drunk, to whore, to cozen,
to lie, to steale, to murder, to be proud, and a thousand sins
more, which they are faithfull unto him to do who raignes in
them as a Prince, in all the Children of disobedience, yea, they
would rather sink down presently into hell, then to leave
sin; and the reason is, because they walk according to the
principles which rule in them.
And truly, upon the sad consideration of this particular, to
see and observe that wicked men should be so at every command
to him in whom they serve, and do walk according to their own desruction.
It caused me to consider, how that godly men and women
had need to walk according to the pattern which Jesus Christ
hath left us, who ruleth in all his Elect; as their only King,
Priest and Prophet, and because my love is so dear unto the
Saints, that I would have them walk according to the rule
which Jesus Christ hath left unto his Saints in his Word: It
pleased the Lord to stir up my heart to consider upon the lawfulnesse,
or unlawfulnesse of wearing any outward attire of
haire in women,whether laying forth, or any other attire else,
and found it by the Word to be utterly unlawfull, against the
minde and rule of the Apostle Peter, and of the
Apostle Paul; and one great reason which made me wave into this
work, was, because that I saw many godly women do now adayes
weare it, yea, those whom we call Minister's wives, who
should have given better example unto other women, besides
many other godly women of particular Congregations, who
have given up their names unto Christ both in heart and mouth,
Convenanting to walk with Jesus Christ among his
members, in all the known truths of God, as it shall be from
day to day revealed unto them by his Spirit from the Word of God.
Therefore I find this outward attire of any outward
adorning of haire to be unlawfull in any woman whatsoever,
but more especially among godly women. Considering like-
wise that many learned godly men have taken but little notice
of it, who may have written far more better then my weak
capacity am able to understand.
Considering likewise that any godly man or woman would
not live in any known sin, if they knew it: Upon these
three considerations it moved me to declare my minde touch-
ing the unlawfulnesse of laying forth the hair in women, and
truly I should not have so fully declared my minde unto the world,
if I had not found the spirits of godly women affected
to it so much as they are: Therefore desiring such whom it
may concern, to accept of these few lines, or short epitomy, as
the tenderings and earnings of my love unto all those that desire
to live godly in this present evill world, and in their
willing acceptation of it, will my love be requited, not looking
at any gain hereby, except it be the calumnies and reproaches,
which may be of my friends, as well as of my enemies, but I
shall wave whatsoever comes by, as looking more at the good
which I intended therby, then at the evill which may come
upon it, desiring the Lord that he would direct all our hearts,
both of men and women, so to walk, that we may see
Jesus Christ in all our walkings:
Your Servant In Jesus Christ,
These first few opening lines are religious references, particularly to Christianity, which help set the theme of the text going forward.
This paragraph refers to the evils of the world and how T.H. views that people are loosing themselves and becoming tainted with sin.
This is the passage that T.H. outwardly states their discontent with women styling their hair, especially Christian women.
This line is very interesting and important because it gives a final emphasis on how devoted T.H. is to Christianity and Jesus Christ.
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