Love, Marriage, and Divorce, and the Sovereignty of the Individual: A Discussion Between Henry James, Horace Greeley, and Stephen Pearl Andrews
B.R. Tucker, 1889 - 121 pages
This work evolved out of a public debate between Andrews and Greeley over their difference of opinion on the concept and legal framework of marriage.
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Page 116 - Love, free as air, at sight of human ties, Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies...
Page 116 - Oh ! happy state ! when souls each other draw, When love is liberty, and nature, law : All then is full, possessing and possest, No craving void left aching in the breast': EVn thought meets thought, ere from the lips it part, And each warm wish springs mutual from the heart.
Page 116 - The jealous God, when we profane his fires, Those restless passions in revenge inspires; And bids them make mistaken mortals groan, Who seek in love for aught but love alone. Should at my feet the world's great master fall, Himself, his throne, his world, I'd scorn 'em all: Not Caesar's empress would I deign to prove; No, make me mistress to the man I love; If there be yet another name more free, More fond than mistress, make me that to thee!
Page 105 - And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie:. but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Page 87 - When people understand that they must live together, except for a very few reasons known to the law, they learn to soften by mutual accommodation that yoke which they know they cannot shake off; they become good husbands and good wives, from the necessity of remaining husbands and wives; for necessity is a powerful master in teaching the duties which it imposes.
Page 117 - I weep my past offence, Now think of thee, and curse my innocence. Of all affliction taught a lover yet, "Tis sure the hardest science to forget ! How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense? And love the offender, yet detest the offence?
Page 117 - And love th' offender, yet detest th' offence? How the dear object from the crime remove, Or how distinguish penitence from love? Unequal task! a passion to resign, For hearts so touch'd, so pierc'd, so lost as mine. Ere such a soul regains its peaceful state, How often must it love, how often hate! How often hope, despair, resent, regret, Conceal, disdain, — do all things but forget.
Page 117 - But let heav'n seize it, all at once 'tis fir'd; Not touch'd, but rapt; not waken'd, but inspir'd! Oh come! oh teach me nature to subdue, Renounce my love, my life, myself — and you. Fill my fond heart with God alone, for he Alone can rival, can succeed to thee.
Page 117 - Ev'n here, where frozen chastity retires, Love finds an altar for forbidden fires. I ought to grieve, but cannot what I ought; I mourn the lover, not lament the fault; I view my crime, but kindle at the view...
Page 88 - to-day in our midst ten times as many fugitives from matrimony as there are fugitives from slavery ; and it may well be doubted if the aggregate, or the average^ of their sufferings has been less." Most of these fugitives are free from criminality. When the Legislature refuses to grant a divorce without crime, or without some organic defect/ the injustice must be borne by the social body. "Liberty, or death!