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It has been my aim in these multifarious and numerous quotations to indicate, in choice passages from the best Authors, the means of matrimonial happiness and content. There is many a flower here, which, if it bloom in the household of married love, will diffuse its sweetness in mutual delectation, confidence, and rest. With this design, and with many valuable suggestions and appropriate illustrative passages I have received at the hands of my Publisher, Mr. LOCKWOOD, for which I cannot be sufficiently grateful, I have culled the blossoms for this BRIDAL BOUQUET, and now present it, with the desire that it may add to the sweetness and joy of many a home where dwell the mutually loving and loved, and help to make it-in the sunny summer, the generous autumn, and the cheerful winter of married life—the fulfilment of all the promise of the Bridal spring. Whatever of contingency there may be in Marriage, there is reliable truth in the old apothegm, “She that is loved is safe, and he that loves is joyful."

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Dedicated

TO

THE WOMEN OF ENGLAND

BY

THEIR DEVOTED FRIEND

AND

ADMIRER

THE AUTHOR

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There is no argument of more antiquity and elegancy than is the matter of Love,
for it seems to be as old as the world, and to bear date from the first time that man
and woman was; therefore in this, as in the finest metal, the freshest wits have
in all ages shown their best workmanship.

ROBERT WILMOT.

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THE MEETING
We met, we wooed and made exchange oj zow.

SHAKESPEARE.

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165 to 194

COURTSHIP
His first breathed word, and her half-conscious blush.

A. CUNNINGHAM.

BEAUTY

195 to 242

Sing of the beauty of woman, then shall the song
be full of varieties and most sweet closes.

MARSTON.

243 to 280

MARRIAGE

Happy the bonds that hold ye ;
Such links are heavenly.

BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER.

281 to 344

HUSBAND AND WIFE .

Treals of happiness,
By virtue to be especially achieved.

SHAKESPEARE.

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345 to 384

HAPPY HOME .
Fain would I here make mine abode!

GeorgE HERBERT.

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

This silent speech is sunshine to the heart.

WIFFEN.

BY J. D. WATSON,

PAGX

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THE BRIDAL

Vignette to Title-page.
Here's my hand;
And mine-with my heart in't.-SHAKESPEARE.

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