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S E He woo, like Armado, has when
aqmek venew of wit, aye by the salt the Mediterranean," becomes now a an and his funny speeches somehow sormed into funeral dirges. The only mo take things Derrily are the servants,
op on the remains of the marriage bakeant get well drunken thereon; and the uns, who do the same thing.
must be something uncomfortable and ses, then, in the ceremony. That's my
on from the text, and I will only add emple nore. "Tis a well-known fact that
and of Fluellen and vis ieek, it takes a e company of men to chase the tiying bride
to hold him tight whilst the ceremony Teng performed, otherwise he would ceri ty as far as he could from the Temple of
ruce to all this empty gibing. There are cases where in real earnest the wedding-day is Sabies from the rising of the sun to its
E down in the west. An oid dotard of gaty winters Lea is to the aitar," so the s onable cant of the day puts it. a blooming vetom of twenty summers, and peopie cry “God bless them!" over the happy pair, and the
engymnan invokes the benison of heaven on their Leads, and enjoins the bearv old man to love
cherish ab, hideous nuckery!) the shrinking girl at his side. "Love and cherish!"The words keep singing in the victim's ears, as she belps her insband out of the sacred portal, Love and cherishmaye, to be tied. Wezentius-like, the dead to the living, the young to the old, the strong to the imbeche. 2 Djenta (merciful Death) do them part. Wat joy and merrymaking in the halls of that demon who preSisles orer unequal marriages, as he bebolds the serial victim all read out with silk and Tesis the price of the sacrifice-led to the
tar tor well knows te that there will be another couple enchained in his bondage, wherein Iuris deep secret zachery, disgust too streng for words: viere children grov un.
loring between parens vi vaon there has se nerer been the empty prstence of love, and in
sidants are reared and nuur:sced acid an atmote sphere o fiilse lies a desdy domestic vice.
But we must stillery - Hynen, j Byrenæe!"
and wish the apps et pie a. the joy in life, illis and threw site lucky si, ver as the carriage is sace where away, and a foreis anocher refutation to
they the text.Cabbed Age a id Youth cannot live that the But the wetting chwes as they ring their
e Sibere pels o'er and 2, this heavenly w am inar Turinioscer, seem to teach no such tiem s this and the tices of ail the people at
the ball augur o suci wretched results as we
is to take," for bettge deworse the husdard of her choice,
our she loves 33 0.girl of pure, unSie heart in the fina biuså of maideohood, un t ered eutzriy to his every nod and
the same of her live wifully blind to his
baix iuüit, kg alcag the elevanted radey least tal-a-loan ciergymen to beipone another sa od ja basi wa tar ik kizát. it is to in the service which begins wish * Dearlr. PER ca of ste to describe micute.y this be oral" and eois viib *amazement." He,
I CICIT; oét bas been doce before, too, peregance, is thinking of some not far disalius bater ii. Let me inger for a litte tant day when he was p.ay caiei part in a cersque a Granjer's Eve icis morning, and mons like this, and, accoring r, is very ange ic ass at Es De 2500e.
in his demeanour, and interesanges subdued Pura bat about to be reje so bapy, e.reis reperice with the besy of bridesmais. La ace » szaszer cited and orercast, ani Soon are the carriages arrangedi, ar cif to ize tesur oi us toubis seem not to be : Turiziaster, where ererybody seems keeping brziizaad by 237 de exultation, Per-' bor:day, and on tbe lock-ous for the treuung tape de stockog ci a certain nort: DJ ioag coritge, for the Steraris are one of the first LODZ 290-50 losz igas ice memory of it is bus . famides of the neighbourhood, and great fada sel sacertain-wuen be stoodi at a inock i vourites with ite lower classes, and many a altar, age a Lock caergyban, aod dil, in the Siewart ere this had been returned for Turlagar di area and in oooi bioodi, mkuly per- | minster without opposition. “God b.ess jure sei, and dii pronise to love and cherish them!" is the unanimous cry from the crowd ir... bon be idez he was dereting to woo wait round the church; and “ Gai bless i z nisery. A ide actors in that then:" seem the beiis to say in their noss fes. or ceremony are dead now, sare bimse f and tire tones, for the rogers bare been allowed law; ani, borribie ibcugót! she lives onis unlimited beer, and are doing unheard-of seats for rengeance-all her love for win curdied in the belirioging art. Surely the weiding, into hate, unrelenting, saraje bate-all the under such auspices as these, candot fail írom ELETJIES of ber mind su..y employed in working being a very happy one. destruction of his own future happiness, and Our friend of the “* Biack Lion” is in great that of the poor girl whom he was so soon to form to-day — hilariously festire in his deins vith bioxil in misery. He has had no meanour, and willing to stand drink to any chance to repedt, be thinks-no “golden grace amount to those doubtful customers, to whose of opportunity " has been presented to bin. scores he woui) on any other day point with Remorse, with its scourge, bas tortured him sterniy-reproving finger. And many officers, foil sore si conscience has never been at rest drill orer, stroll into the cathedral to see the wibia his breast. Long ago he learnt that the ceremony, or, as Robson profanely expresses brotber-oficer, who acted the clergy man's part himself, * to see the happy man turned ott! in this Jacque of Death, had committed How festive the fellow looks! People always suicide, but be had previously received a letter look that way before they are married, you from him, beseechiog him to redress this foul know, but atter” – wrong, and do justice to the injured woman, The bishop, with his genial smile and hearty whose life be had thus cruelly blighted. And | welcome, is there too. Old Stewart is a fast now the burden rang in bis ears, “ Too late, too friend of his, and many were the wild bouts late!” He had commenced a new career, he they enjoyed at Corpus together when lads, ere bad made another's innocent happiness depend that the matrimonial bonds had contined the ent on him, and he must go on with it to the dignitary of the Church within due order; and,
for the matter of that, he hopes to get a good Sot very bappy refiections for a wedding breakfast to-day, at his old friend's house, and murning-an evil omen for the voyage of Life, to be emancipated for a short season from the when the sky is thus overcast so early in the thrall of the wife of his bosom. Even the morning. But there is no help for it, thinks organist seems inspired to-day, and plays the the Captain ; and with this puilosophy steeling“ Wedding March," as the procession streams his heart, be dons the wedding finery, and goes on to the altar, with sonorous effect, making to meet the bride-the perfect type of a hand- the grand old organ discourse Mendelssohn's some, well-dressed, English gentleman. ljubilant music in the most impressive manner.
"A proper man," say the bystanders, as And, to crown all, the glorious sun streams in they bebold bim. “A braw husband for the through the beautiful memorial window, and pretty mistress !" chime in the servants, in all plays like a many-coloured halo of purple and ter wedding appointments; all but the foot- gold and amethystine rays round the fair head Dali, Jeanes, who keeps a discreet silence, and, of the trembling bride, as she kneels by Grantlike the proverbial monkey, thinks the more. ley's side, and utters the response in a sweet,
Round Ella are gathered a most bewitching low whisper. Would she obey him ? would coterie of bridesmaids, each rivalling the other she honour him? Aye, until the grave should in good looks and gay dress; but she stands open for one or both of them, for “ Love is there, the fairest flower of them all--a flower strong as Death." Would she be faithful to well worth the wooing and the winning, and bim, come weal come woe?-would she cherish not a girl there but envies her lot, and would him in sickness, in suffering? Aye, her every fain be in her place, little recking of the misery thought, her every wish, should be for his hapin store for her.
| piness. As the sweet devotional face looked up The curate is to assist, as it is impossible that through the veil of tears, and rested on a couple can be married now-a-days without at ! " chief of men to her," vows like the
into my ear; and what I say wrong, correct-- the froth off. He wbo, like Armado, has when and what I say well, approve of.
he likes “a quick venew of wit, aye by the salt Now, I have heard many inen of my acquaint wave of the Mediterranean," becomes now a ance unblushingly aver that their wedding-day | hapless idiot, and his funny speeches somehow was the most unhappy one of their lives, and are transformed into funeral dirges. The only this in cases in which everything was favour persons who take things merrily are the servants, able-where beauty and wealth went hand in who swoop on the remains of the marriage bakehand; when Erycina-fair, laughing goddess- meats, and get well drunken thereon; and the was radiant in her favour; when Plutus smiled postboys, who do the same thing. his substantial approval; and in cases where There must be something uncomfortable and the after wedded life was as happy as a child's | wretched, then, in the ceremony. That's my dream.
deduction from the text, and I will only add Let me try and explain this seeming paradox one example more. 'Tis a well-known fact that as best I may, and tremble the while lest an eye in the land of Fluellen and his leek, it takes a of heavenly blue gleam with scorn and con- i whole company of men to chase the flying bridetempt when it lights on this ill-fated page. Now groom, to hold him tight whilst the ceremony why, let me ask the question--why on this is being performed, otherwise he would cerauspicious day does every performer in the play tainly fly as far as he could from the Temple of think it exceeding proper to come down to the Hymen. ceremony with a face of exceeding dolour, as if! A truce to all this empty gibing. There are about to proceed to his immediate execution ? cases where in real earnest the wedding-day is To wit, the “father of the bride”-generally a miserable, from the rising of the sun to its very genial, pleasant man, with no great wit going down in the west. An old dotard of certainly, but “a merry man,” like the Nurse's eighty winters “leads to the altar," so the husband-is this morning as gruff and un- fashionable cant of the day puts it, a blooming pleasant as though he were going to act the victim of twenty summers, and people cry “God chief character in one of those fatal “marriages | bless them !” over the happy pair, and the of the Loire," spoken of in “Enoch Arden.” | clergyman invokes the benison of heaven on their In common life he can speak tolerably well, heads, and enjoins the hoary old man to love his words, though not eloquent, are to the and cherish (ah, hideous mockery!) the shrinkpoint; this morning he essays a speech, and / ing girl at his side. “Love and cherish !"after a few melancholy grunts, breaks down, the words keep ringing in the victim's ears, as she and subsides into the most abject misery. Then helps her husband out of the sacred portal. Love “the mother of the bride," dissolved in tears, and cherish!-aye, to be tied, Mezentius-like, crying when everyone expects her, and it is her the dead to the living, the young to the old, the bounden duty, to make merry, seeing that she strong to the imbecile, till Death (merciful has got rid of one more of her well-trained Death) do them part. What joy and merryflock. As for the principal actors, who more making in the halls of that demon who prenervous, and timid, and generally miserable sides over unequal marriages, as he beholds the than the bridegroom? It is the greatest trouble sacrificial viction all tricked out with silk and in the world to make him “come early,” if in jewels-the price of the sacrifice-led to the time at all; and then, so great his trepidation | altar! for well knows he that there will be is, that he uniformly drops the ring, and pro another couple enchained in his bondage, duces an excitement of the least agreeable order, wherein lurks deep secret treachery, disgust too when Paterfamilias, utterly regardless of the strong for words; where children grow un. sacred building, relieves his bursting mind with loving between parents with whom there has a few hearty anatbemas. Who more tearful never been the empty pretence of love, and inand fainting than the bride ? Instead of cele- fants are reared and nourished amid an atmobrating her victory and capture of the prize sphere of false lies and deadly domestic vice. with drums and trumpets, she inevitably hangs | But we must still cry “ Hymen, ô Hymenæe !" out signals of distress, and sheds tears enough and wish the happy couple all the joy in life, to quench the torch of Ilymen and all his and throw the lucky sli, per as the carriage is attendants. The “ best men” are in a state of whirled away, and affords another refutation to comatose wretchedness : they flutter an' they | the text, “ Crabbed Age a nd Youth cannot live were even birds under the eye of the serpent, | together.” for they know, each man of them, that the But the wedding chimes, as they ring their bridesmaids are speculating on the not remote silvery peals o'er land and ea, this heavenly contingency of a marriage with them, if wind morning at Turlminster, seem to teach no such and tide favours. The latter, I will do them lesson as this, and the faces of all the people at the credit to say, are somewhat festive : they the hall augur no such wretched results as we are attired gorgeously, and dress certainly hath | have been prosing over. charms to soothe the minds of women, and ! It is the day on which Ella is to take," for suffers them not to be fierce; and they are better for worse," the husband of her choice, assisting at a suggestive ceremony, and women whom she loves as only a girl of pure, unalways like to be important. Even the funny stained heart, in the full blush of maidenhood, man, on these wretched occasions, seems under | can love-devoted entirely to his every nod and a cloud; his jokes fall flat as ehampagne with 'beck, the slave of her love, wilfully blind to his
every fault, walking along the enchanted valley ! least half-a-dozen clergymen to help one another hand in hand with her true knight. It is no in the service which begins with “ Dearlyintention of mine to describe minutely this beloved ” and ends with “amazement.” He, wedding ceremony; oft has it been done before, too, perchance, is thinking of some not far disand by better hands. Let me linger for a little tant day when he will play chief part in a cerewhile at Grantley's side this morning, and mony like this, and, accordingly, is very angelic assist at his meditations.
in his demeanour, and interchanges subdued For a man about to be made so happy, surely repartee with the bevy of bridesmaids. bis face is strangely clouded and overcast, and Soon are the carriages arranged, and off to the tenor of his thoughts seem not to be Turlminster, where everybody seems keeping brigatened by anything like exultation. Per-holiday, and on the look-out for the wedding haps he is thinking of a certain morning long cortége, for the Stewarts are one of the first long ago-so long that the memory of it is but families of the neighbourhood, and great fadim and uncertain - when he stood at a inock vourites with the lower classes, and many a altar, before a inock clergyman, and did, in the Stewart ere this had been returned for Turlsight of heaven and in cool blood, wilfully per- minster without opposition. “ God bless jure bimself, and did promise to love and cherish them!" is the unanimous cry from the crowd a roman, whom he knew he was devoting to who wait round the church ; and “God bless a le-long misery. All the actors in that them !” seem the bells to say in their most feseruel ceremony are dead now, save himself and tive tones, for the ringers have been allowed Natbalie ; and, horrible thought! she lives only unlimited beer, and are doing unheard-of feats for vengeance-all her love for him curdled in the bellringing art. Surely the wedding, into hate, unrelenting, savage hate---all the under such auspices as these, cannot fail from energies of her mind fully employed in working being a very happy one. destruction of his own future happiness, and Our friend of the “ Black Lion” is in great that of the poor girl whom he was so soon to form to-day - hilariously festive in his delink with himself in misery. He has had no meanour, and willing to stand drink to any chance to repent, he thinks--no “golden grace amount to those doubtful customers, to whose of opportunity” has been presented to hiin. scores he would on any other day point with Remorse, with its scourge, has tortured him sternly-reproving finger. And many officers, full sorely; conscience has never been at rest drill over, stroll into the cathedral to see the within his breast. Long ago he learnt that the ceremony, or, as Robson profanely expresses brother-officer, who acted the clergyman's part himself, " to see the happy man turned off'! in this Maeque of Death, had committed | How festive the fellow looks! People always suicide, but he had previously received a letter look that way before they are married, you from him, beseeching him to redress this foul know, but after” wrong, and do justice to the injured woman, The bishop, with his genial smile and hearty whose life he had thus cruelly blighted. And, welcome, is there too. Old Stewart is a fast now the burden rang in bis ears, “Too late, too friend of his, and many were the wild bouts late!” He had commenced a new career, he they enjoyed at Corpus together when lads, ere had made another's innocent happiness depend that the matrimonial bonds had confined the ent on him, and he must go on with it to the dignitary of the Church within due order; and, end.
for the matter of that, he hopes to get a good Not very happy reflections for a wedding | breakfast to-day, at his old friend's house, and morning-an evil omen for the voyage of Life, to be emancipated for a short season from the when the sky is thus overcast so early in the thrall of the wife of his bosom. Even the morning. But there is no help for it, thinks organist seems inspired to-day, and plays the the Captain ; and with this philosophy steeling " Wedding March,” as the procession streams his heart, he dons the wedding finery, and goes on to the altar, with sonorous effect, making to meet the bride-the perfect type of a hand- the grand old organ discourse Mendelssohn's some, well-dressed, English gentleman.
jubilant music in the most impressive inanner. “A proper man," say the bystanders, as | And, to crown all, the glorious sun streams in they behold him. “A braw husband for the through the beautiful memorial window, and pretty mistress !" chime in the servants, in all plays like a many-coloured halo of purple and their wedding appointments; all but the foot- gold and amethystine rays round the fair head man, Jeames, who keeps a discreet silence, and, of the trembling bride, as she kneels by Grantlike the proverbial monkey, thinks the more. ley's side, and utters the response in a sweet,
Round Ella are gathered a most bewitching low whisper. Would she obey him ? would coterie of bridesmaids, each rivalling the other she honour him? Aye, until the grave should in good looks and gay dress; but she stands open for one or both of them, for “Love is there, the fairest flower of them all-a flower strong as Death.” Would she be faithful to well worth the wooing and the winning, and bim, come weal come woe?-would she cherish not a girl there but envies her lot, and would him in sickness, in suffering? Aye, her every fain be in her place, little recking of the misery thought, her every wish, should be for his hapin store for her.
piness. As the sweet devotional face looked up The curate is to assist, as it is impossible that through the veil of tears, and rested on the a couple can be married now-a-days without at l chief of men to her," vows like these were hers"uttered not, yet comprehended," was groom; so much that the good Bishop got very that dear spirit's silent prayer; and the husky and maudlin as he rose to propose just man by her side felt for one moment supremely, one toast more-it might have been his feelings, triumphantly happy, and resolutely closed his all the same. I shall trespass too far on the eyes to the dark future, and lived but for the province of the Turlminster Herald, and my happy present.
dear friend Snarler will say that I write very And the congregation-they entered into the much in the “penny book" style, if I dwell spirit of the thing completely, and the tears any more on these details. Let me only say gushed from the faded, worn eyes of many an that when that breakfast was ended, and the old maid, who attended there, and watched the travelling-carriage ready, everybody was fully ceremony from some dark, remote pew. I primed to the expression point, and those “unhave often wondered what the fascination is that invited guests," tears, were in greater request impels the hopeless sisterhood to such regular than ever. attendance at weddings. No matter where the | A sturdy hand clasp from the Squire made nuptials are celebrated, there are the devoted Grantley's hand tingle, as he said, “God bless spinsters to be found, with sympathising looks you, my boy! You have won a jewel; treat and eyes filled with tears, and in their hearts, her kindly." perhaps, just one little touch of envy at the “So help me, God, I will !" answered Grantbride's happy lot (and who may blame them? ley, fervently. They are but women, and, though their hearts With Mrs. Stewart the parting was sore. be soured by disappointment and broken vows, Ella had been the light of her eyes, and she have something womanly lingering about them would not be comforted. still). Often do they fee the pew-openers libe. “There, there, don't cry," said the old Squire rally to be enabled to get a good view of the kindly; “if they live as happily as we have happy event; it seems to do them good, poor | done, I am not afraid for their future.” hearts, and who would grudge them that? I Once more a hearty cheer, and the carriage is don't know whether the blacksmith at Gretna- whirled away and lost in a cloud of dust, bearGreen has a maiden sister living ; if so, I war- ing the bridegroom with his precious charge to rant you she never misses one wedding. the fair Rhineland, where they had elected to
The Curate, I am afraid, assisted extremely spend the honeymoon, ill at this ceremony. It was rather a trial to Let them be happy now, in Heaven's name! have to read the solemn words of the Church's Let them revel in the blissful dream for the benison over the nuptials of another, when they present: the time will come when the sun will might have been his own. And with this they have set on their happiness, and the bleak, cold must be taken into consideration that he could moorland stretch its weary length before themnot keep his eyes off Katie, and when she cried when the bride, who now looks up with trusthis eyes got dim too, and produced altogether ing love into her husband's face, will dread the many blunders. And now the last blessing is sound of his footsteps, and cease not to moan pronounced, in the good old Bishop's sonorous the live-long day, “I am aweary, aweary, and I voice, and the injunction, “ Whom God hath would that I were dead." Let them go on joined together, let no man put asunder," and lotos-eating for the present : let the wife of an the happy pair, joined for ever and aye, make hour hug the semblance of happiness to her their way into the vestry, where the Bishop be- heart, for “the end is not yet ;" and let the stows on the pale bride a fatherly kiss, with a good people who are left behind return to the relish which would have done his wife's heart marriage feast, and make exceeding merry over good to see, and then the signatures are placed the remnants thereof, and deem that they have in the great registry, and once more the great caught some reflection of the happiness that is organ breaks out with a solemn march of Spohr's, taken away from them. Let them utter pretty and, once more answering the music, pealed sayings about the bride's good looks and her out the mad jingle of the cathedral bells, with partner's life of happiness--surely for them, “ Health and happiness to the bride and bride- * where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.” groom !” in their silvery tones, ringing as many | Let them cry “O Hymenæe !" then, with all changes as could be produced out of the six their might; and whilst their elders drink the labouring ringers. And sweeter far than the red wine and make well-meaning, incoherent bells and the organ comes a heart-felt English speeches, let the youngsters bill and coo to cheer from the assembled crowd, led by sturdy their hearts' content, and whisper pretty things John Smith. And so, amidst pealing of bells about the late affair, and wish that the time was and sturdy cheers, the wedding party returns come for them to go and do likewise. to Oakland's Hall, to be graced for the last time In the servants' hall there is high festivity, by the sweet blossom chat bloomed the fairest and later in the day a dance will be proposed, there.
when Jeames Jones will lead forth the fasciWhy linger over the details of the breakfast ? nating Melia, the bousemaid, and induct her As many good things, and foolish things too, I into the mysteries of “ Thread the Needle;" were said there as at any other as much cham- and there will be much meat eaten, and much pagne was drunk from the tall crystal glasses, strong drink quaffed, and many things sung and as many healths and blessings bestowed and said peculiar to the servants' hall. But upon the handsome bride and manly bride. I don't imagine that, for all this, the Captain's