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MARRIAGE! thou most endeared tie,
Where hearts with hands are join'd! Who can conceive, until they try,
Thy influence on the mind ?
At length arrives the important day,
Commission'd with a pow'r; Some pain or pleasure to convey
To every future hour.
Numbers who rush into the state
Thoughtless and unconcern’d, Would shudder, could the ills that wait
Around them be discern'd.
Thus flatter'd by a gentle breeze,
The heedless landsman sails; Too late he trembles when the seas
Are vex'd by stormy gales.
But they who trust the Lord, and pray,
Have'no just cause to fear; Their pilot winds and seas obey,
And he is always near.
Believers may be toss'd about
On life's uncertain main,
Their promis'd haven gain.
When landed on yon peaceful shore,
Past dangers they review;
That brought them safely through.
There, my dear friends, may you and I,..
And yours' and mine, appear ; The joys and songs above to join
Through an eternal year,
SAY not his sun went down at noon;
GOD gives the seed we sow,
Thus may his grace impart
GATHERED FROM A CHESNUT-TREE,
NO Hero's praise shall stain my pert,
How tall it rears its stately head!
Jonah admir'd his transient gourd,