Domestic Happiness, thou only bliss“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Of Paradise that has survived the fall!
Though few now taste thee unimpair’d and pure,
Or tasting long enjoy thee! too infirm,
Or too incautious, to preserve thy sweets
Unmix’d with drops of bitter, which neglect
Or temper sheds into thy crystal cup;
Thou art the nurse of Virtue, in thine arms
She smiles, appearing, as in truth she is,
Heaven-born, and destined to the skies again.
Thou art not known where Pleasure is adored,
That reeling goddess with the zoneless waist
And wandering eyes, still leaning on the armOf Novelty, her fickle, frail support;For thou art meek and constant, hating change,
And finding in the calm of truth-tried love
Joys that her stormy raptures never yield.Forsaking thee, what shipwreck have we madeOf honour, dignity, and fair renown!- Cowper, The Task, Part III The Garden
- Paul to the Galatians
It always astounds me - the reflection of marriage and the mystery of being imago Dei-
One last thought - Man, we were young, thin..and what was I thinking with that headpiece - YeeKs!.