PART I LOVE AND MARRIAGE
Though love and its accompanying charms eventuate in marriage, yet they do not terminate with it. As its ultimate object is the propagation of the race, it should last as long as we are capable either of being parents of exertiing an influence on the character of our offspring; in other words, it should last as long as life. Its waning with the honeymoon would be like autumn supervening directly upon spring before the happy pair had tasted the luxuries of summer or feasted upon the golden fruits of autumn.
Courtship is but the mere alphabet of love and the wedding season its first lesson. When properly laced, love's natural tendency is to increase with years, nor ever to diminish till age impairs both it and all our other faculties together. The blushing bride, though all dissolved in the melting tenderness of gushing affection, does not, cannot, love equally with the middle-aged wife, or even the declining matron. She has not yet tasted the virtues or tasted the perfection of her beau ideal.
It is only after years of the continual interchange of reciprocated kindness and sentiments between husbands and wives - after they have ascended together the hills of prosperity and, perhaps, traveled the vale of adversity till they have thoroughly tried each other's souls, and called forth their mutual spirit of self-sacrifice; perhaps not till they have watched over each other when prostrate by sickness, and reciprocated a constant succession of endearing offices of kindness and tokens of love - above all, not till they have become parents together - that they can be completely enamored of each other; because it is her maternal relations which most of all endear the wife to her husband, besides making her love him inexpressibly the more for being the father of her idolized children.
True Love Lasts a Lifetime.
Perfect love also required that perfect confidence which nothing can establish but those fullest and most diversified tests which married life alone can furnish. Mistaken they who suppose that years naturally weaken love. Animal love they may weaken; but that blending of soul, that love of moral excellence which constitutes love's crowning perfection, and even quintessence, grows slowly, matures gradually, and reaches its zenith only after the fierce fires of youthful passion have given place to the live coals of mature or declining age. Matrimony is the very garden and paradise of love, and, therefore, every way calculated constitutionally to strengthen and perfect it, and thereby augment its every charm and sweet.
With this the experience of few may coincide, because so few husbands and wives cordially and completely love each other; but, chosen and blessed of God this happy few! Yours is the sweet cup that never sates; yours the dainty luxury that never cloys, but only increases your relish while it feasts your souls perpetually on its delicious bounties! Ye who have lived affectionately in wedlock's sacred bonds for a score or so of years can beau testimony to this. The fact that the experience of so few harmonizes with this blessed reality, only show how few truly love. Ye, then, who have your die yet to cast, cast it in view of this principle.
To perceive how wedlock continues to improve the agreeableness of man is easy; because by drinking in continually those softening, refining, elevating, and enabling influences exerted upon him perpetually by a good wife, he becomes more polished, and of a better disposition day by day, and year after year, till all his powers are bedimmed by age or eclipsed by death. Much more is this true of woman.
Happy wedlock constitutionally develops both that physical and mental sexuality which imparts these finishing touches of perfection to her grace and elegance of manner, her sweet smiles, fascinating looks, exquisite intonations, beauty of expression, and which, in short, heightens every charm and perfection of the female character. By imbuing her whole soul with love for the masculine in her husband, because it so indescribably exalts her happiness, it makes her prize his sex in proportion as she loves him; and this arrays her in all her charms as a means of rendering herself agreeable.
The Married Woman.
Marriage and Female Beauty.
how the Constitution is Broken Down.
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