The Marriage Ring

The Marriage Ring

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...There will be some low under-note of warning in all endearments and all gladness; some hollow sound in mirth; some sudden drooping of spirits at the end of the feast; some dimness on the fine gold--wages that enterprise has earned, or prizes that bold ventures have drawn. There will be a dreary look sometimes on the costly furnishings. Curiosities of art will mock the empty spirit. A father's praise will not be a father's blessing; a mother's glance of pride will not be a mother's holy prayer; the brother's departure to other lands will have no consoling presence of faith to commend him to the God of storms; the innocence of the sister will be the charm of earth rather than the benediction of heaven; and the child's promise a foreshadowing of honour here, instead of immortality hereafter. Even the sanguine affection that gives the marriage pledge cannot keep its beauty, its purity, or its power, unless prayer to Heaven re-lights its decaying flame. The faith of heart in heart will fail at last, without faith in God. Except the house be set in order by the religion of Christ, it is thrown open to an inevitable anarchy of passions. "Religion makes the humblest home beautiful, and gives to the most splendid its principal charm. It hangs its walls with nobler pictures than Art ever brought to adorn Vatican or Escurial. It arranges in its spiritual economy, each in its appointed place, charities that shall make its air genial, solid virtues of integrity and faith to be its foundation stones, graces of forbearance and meekness and gentleness to embellish it, hopes of immortality to light it, and peace which comes of trust to fill it with fragrant incense. As there never yet was order without law, nor law without authority, nor authority without more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236653793
  • 9781236653796