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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
A Husband’s Homily
By Clemente Bondi (1742–1821)
Translated by James Glassford, of Dougalston

SHE whom you loved and chose, is now your bride,
  The gift of heaven, and to your trust consigned;
  Honour her still, though not with passion blind;
  And in her virtue, though you watch, confide.
Be to her youth a comfort, guardian, guide,        5
  In whose experience she may safety find;
  And whether sweet or bitter be assigned,
  The joy with her, as well as pain, divide.
Yield not too much if reason disapprove;
  Nor too much force; the partner of your life        10
  Should neither victim be, nor tyrant prove.
Thus shall that rein, which often mars the bliss
  Of wedlock, scarce be felt; and thus your wife
  Ne’er in the husband shall the lover miss.

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