Of domesticall duties eight treatises. I. An exposition of that part of Scripture out of which domesticall duties are raised. ... VIII. Duties of masters. By William Gouge.
Gouge, William, 1578-1653.

§. 21. Of seruing with sincerity.

The second branch concerning the manner of seruants performing their dutie is in these words, in singlenesse of heart,* so as all must be performed with an honest and vpright heart: whatsoeuer yee doe, doe it heartily, saith the Apostle to seruants * in another place. Thus did Ioseph in singlenesse of heart serue his master: instance his refusing to abuse his mistresse in * a priuate chamber when she desired it, and no other body was in the house. Happy were it for masters to haue such seruants: then might they take no more care then Potiphar did, but put *Page  617 all that they haue into their seruants hands. Neither would this rare vertue in seruants be only profitable to their ma∣sters, but also very comfortable to themselues, and bring them much peace of conscience.

Contrary is hypocriticall seruice: when seruants haue a heart, and a heart, making shew-of one heart outwardly, and haue another, euen a cleane contrary heart within them. Such * an one was Gehazi, who came in and stood before his master, as if he had performed some good seruice for his master, when * he had most highly dishonoured him: and such an one was Iudas who carried as faire a face to his master as any of the disciples, and yet was an arrant traitor: for when he was thought to goe out to buy prouision for his master, he went to * betray him.

All eye-seruice is contrary to the forenamed singlenesse of heart: when seruants are diligent so long as their masters eye is on them: * like little children that will doe any thing their mother will haue them doe, while her eye is vpon them; but nothing, when her backe is turned. The world is full of such eye-seruing seruants, who while their masters are present, will be as busie as Bees: but if he be away, then either idling at home, or gadding abroad, or nothing but wrangling, and eating, and drinking with the drun∣ken; like that lewd seruant whom Christ noteth in the parable * Let the iudgement denounced against him be noted of such seruants.