Whisper to a Bride

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W.J. Hamersley, 1851 - Wives - 80 pages
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Page 24 - WILT thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health : and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live ? The Man shall answer : I will.
Page 24 - M., wilt thou have this woman to be thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?
Page 39 - MARRIAGE OF THE DEAF AND DUMB. No word ! no sound ! But yet a solemn rite Proceedeth through the festive, lighted hall. Hearts are in treaty, and the soul doth take That oath, which, unabsolved, must stand till death, With icy seal, doth stamp the scroll of life. No word ! no sound ! But still yon holy man, With strong and graceful gesture, doth impose The irrevocable vow, and with meek prayer Present it to be register'd in Heaven.
Page 79 - Not for this span of life alone, Which like a blast doth fly, And as the transient flowers of grass, Just blossom, droop, and die ; But for a being without end, This vow of love we take.
Page 40 - Into a mortal's hand, — the confidence With which she turns in every thought to him, Her more than brother, and her next to God, — Hath never yet been shadow'd forth in sound, Or told in language.
Page 33 - Joy, serious and sublime, Such as doth nerve the energies of prayer, Should swell the bosom, when a maiden's hand, Filled with life's dewy flow'rets, girdeth on That harness, which the ministry of Death Alone unlooseth, but whose fearful power May stamp the sentence of Eternity.
Page 33 - Her log-rear'd mansion from the anxious eye Of kindred and of friend. Even triflers felt How strong and beautiful is woman's love, That, taking in its hand its thornless joys, The tenderest melodies of tuneful years, Yea! and its own life also, — lays them all, Meek and unblenching, on a mortal's breast Reserving nought, save that unspoken hope Which hath its root in God. Mock not with mirth, A scene like this, ye laughter-loving ones; — The...
Page 32 - ... home, Where from her childhood she had been the star Of hope and joy. I came — and she was gone. Yet I had seen her from the altar led, With silvery veil but slightly swept aside, The fresh, young rose-bud, deepening in her cheek, And on her brow the sweet and solemn thought Of one who gives a priceless gift away. And there was silence 'mid the gather'd throng.
Page 24 - I REQUIRE and charge you both, as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgment when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed, that if either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, ye do now confess it. For be ye well assured, that so many as are coupled together otherwise than God's Word doth allow are not joined together by God; neither is their Matrimony lawful.
Page 13 - I'll cling to thee, And plant for him that blessed tree." Around their home its branches spread, Its buds she nursed, its root she fed ; Though flaunting crowds, with giddy look, Of toil so meek slight notice took, Yet hovering angels marked with pride The green tree of the blessed bride.

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