Hymen: an accurate description of the ceremonies used in marriage, by every nation in the known world


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Sivu 16 - I like not to take her; then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother's house. And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed.
Sivu 165 - At which day of Marriage, if any man do allege and declare any impediment, why they may not be coupled together in Matrimony, by God's law, or the laws of this Realm; and will be bound, and sufficient sureties with him, to the parties; or else put in a caution (to the full value of such charges as the persons to be married do thereby sustain) to prove his allegation : then the solemnization must be deferred, until such time as the truth be tried.
Sivu 165 - At the day and time appointed for solemnization of Matrimony, the persons to be married shall come into the body of the Church with their friends and neighbours...
Sivu 168 - Priest, taking the Ring, shall deliver it unto the Man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand.
Sivu i - Prefent, or paft, as faints and .patriarchs us'd. Here love his golden fhafts employs, here lights His conftant lamp, and waves his purple wings, Reigns here and revels ; not in the bought fmile 765.
Sivu 165 - God's law, or the laws of this realm ; and will be bound, and fufficienc fureties with him to the parties, or elfe put in a caution (to the full value of fuch charges as the perfons to be married do thereby fuftain) to prove his allegation; then the folemtnization run ft be deferred un:il fuch time as the truth be tried.
Sivu 198 - May you have a son before the end of the year. May this son live to be a comfort to you in your old age. May this son prove to be a man of courage and a good huntsman.
Sivu 166 - Hulband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worfe, for richer for poorer, in ficknefs and in health, to love, cherifh, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance ; and thereto I give thee my Troth.
Sivu 196 - K z and and the lover being made a nun, he loles no time ; but, chufing two or three fat oxen from his own herd, if he has one, or his father's, according to the wealth and figure of the family, he drives them to the houfe from whence he is to take his deftined bride. All his relations, men and women that live near him, accompany him, let the abode of his miftrefs be ever fo far off-, and, arriving before the houfe, all the relations of the woman thereabout immediately aflemble, and receive them...
Sivu 173 - English, the following is worth quoting as evidence of the " pretty follies " formerly in vogue on this occasion : — " The ceremony over, each goes a different way, and afterwards meet at a tavern, or friend's house, and feast well, and then comes home without 'making any shew. A glass goes round before they go to bed, and when the hour is come, the bridemen take off the bride's garters, which she had before untied for that purpose, and puts them in their hats. Then the bridemaids lead the bride...

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