Wedding Etiquette and Usages of Polite Society

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Dempsey & Carroll, 1879 - Etiquette - 72 pages
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Page 45 - Of her bright face one glance will trace A picture on the brain, And of her voice in echoing hearts A sound must long remain; But memory, such as mine of her, So very much endears, When death is nigh my latest sigh Will not be life's, but hers.
Page 13 - ... as sweet ; A Creature not too bright or good For human nature's daily food ; For transient sorrows, simple wiles, Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles. And now I see with eye serene The very pulse of the machine ; A Being breathing thoughtful breath, A traveller between life and death ; The reason firm, the temperate will, Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill ; A perfect Woman, nobly planned, To warn, to comfort, and command ; And yet a Spirit still, and bright With something of...
Page 5 - WE may roam through this world, like a child at a feast. Who but sips of a sweet, and then flies to the rest ; And, when pleasure begins to grow dull in the east, We may order our wings, and be off to the west...
Page 44 - With ardour as intense, as pure, As when, amidst the rites divine, I took thy troth, and plighted mine, To thee, sweet girl, my second ring A token and a pledge I bring : With this I wed, till death us part, Thy riper virtues to my heart ; Those virtues which, before untried, The wife has added to the bride : Those virtues, whose progressive claim, Endearing wedlock's very name, My soul enjoys, my song approves, For conscience
Page 50 - When the fire is beginning to kindle, and your heart growing warm, propound these questions to it. Who is this invader? Have I a competent knowledge of him? Is he a man of good character; a man of sense? For, be assured, a sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.
Page 43 - If she, by merit since disclosed, Prove twice the woman I supposed, I plead that double merit now, To justify a double vow. Here then...
Page 68 - But him, whose conscience spurns at secret fraud, When he might plunder and defy surprise. His be the praise, who, looking down with scorn On the false judgment of the partial herd, Consults his own clear heart, and boldly dares To...
Page 15 - They searched for an eddy that suited the deed, But here was a bramble and there was a weed ; " How tiresome it is ! " said the fair with a sigh ; So they sat down to rest them in company. They gazed on each other, the maid and the knight: How fair was her form, and how goodly his height ! " One mournful embrace ! " sobbed the youth, " ere we die ! " So kissing and crying kept company.

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