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The Wedding Ring A Series of Discourses for Husbands and Wives and Those Contemplating Matrimony   By: (1832-1902)

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.

The Wedding Ring.

A Series of Discourses for Husbands and Wives and Those Contemplating Matrimony.

[Illustration]

By

T. DE WITT TALMAGE.

Reprinted from THE CHRISTIAN HERALD.

PUBLISHED BY THE CHRISTIAN HERALD, LOUIS KLOPSCH, Proprietor, BIBLE HOUSE, NEW YORK

Copyright, 1896, BY LOUIS KLOPSCH.

CONTENTS.

The Choice of a Wife, 5

The Choice of a Husband, 24

Clandestine Marriage, 42

Duties of Husbands to Wives, 60

Duties of Wives to Husbands, 78

Costume and Morals, 95

Husbands and Wives, 114

Matrimonial Discords, 136

Hotels Versus Home, 148

Easy Divorce, 166

Maternity, 184

The Children's Patrimony, 198

The Mother of All, 217

Sisterly Influence, 234

Trials of Housekeeping, 252

Woman Enthroned, 268

Old Folks' Visit, 286

Home, Sweet Home, 303

The Wedding Ring.

THE CHOICE OF A WIFE.

"Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines?" JUDGES 14:3.

Samson, the giant, is here asking consent of his father and mother to marriage with one whom they thought unfit for him. He was wise in asking their counsel, but not wise in rejecting it. Captivated with her looks, the big son wanted to marry a daughter of one of the hostile families, a deceitful, hypocritical, whining, and saturnine creature, who afterward made for him a world of trouble till she quit him forever. In my text his parents forbade the banns, practically saying: "When there are so many honest and beautiful maidens of your own country, are you so hard put to for a lifetime partner that you propose conjugality with this foreign flirt? Is there such a dearth of lilies in our Israelitish gardens that you must wear on your heart a Philistine thistle? Do you take a crabapple because there are no pomegranates? Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines?"

BEAUTIFUL JEWESSES.

Excuseless was he for such a choice in a land and amid a race celebrated for female loveliness and moral worth, a land and a race of which self denying Abigail, and heroic Deborah, and dazzling Miriam, and pious Esther, and glorious Ruth, and Mary, who hugged to her heart the blessed Lord, were only magnificent specimens... Continue reading book >>




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