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other's designs. At last they discover that all which at first drew them together, those once sacred features, that magical play of charms, — was deciduous, had a prospective end, like the scaffolding by which the house was built; and the purification of the intellect and the heart from year to year is the real marriage, foreseen and prepared from the first, and wholly above their consciousness. Looking at these aims with which two persons, a man and a woman, so variously and correlatively gifted, are shut up in one house to spend in the nuptial society forty or fifty years, I do not wonder at the emphasis with which the heart prophesies this crisis from early infancy, at the profuse beauty with which the instincts deck the nuptial bower, and nature and intellect and art emulate each other in the gifts and the melody they bring to the epithalamium.

Thus are we put in training for a love which knows not sex, nor person, nor partiality, but which seeks virtue and wisdom everywhere, to the end of increasing virtue and wisdom. We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state. But we are often made to feel that our affections are but tents of a night. Though slowly and with pain, the objects of the affections change, as the objects of thought do. There are moments when the affections rule and absorb the man and make his happiness dependent on a per

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son or persons. But in health the mind is presently
seen again, its overarching vault, bright with
galaxies of immutable lights, and the warm loves
and fears that swept over us as clouds must lose
their finite character and blend with God, to attain
their own perfection. But we need not fear that
we can lose any thing by the progress of the soul.
The soul may be trusted to the end. That which is
so beautiful and attractive as these relations, must
be succeeded and supplanted only by what is more
beautiful, and so on for ever.

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FRIENDSHIP.

A RUDDY drop of manly blood

The surging sea outweighs;
The world uncertain comes and goes,

The lover rooted stays.

I fancied he was fled,

And, after many a year,
Glowed unexhausted kindliness

Like daily sunrise there.

My careful heart was free again, –

O friend, my bosom said,

Through thee alone the sky is arched,
Through thee the rose is red,

All things through thee take nobler form

And look beyond the earth,

The mill-round of our fate appears

A sun-path in thy worth.

Me too thy nobleness has taught
To master my despair;

The fountains of my hidden life
Are through thy friendship fair.

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