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HO N E Y - MOON:

BY THE

Marguerite (Pornz.) Form COUNTESS OF BLESSINGTON. GAS

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THE HONEY-MOON.

BY THE COUNTESS OF BLESSINGTON.

“Some persons pay for a month of honey with a life of vinegar.”

Novels and comedies end generally in a marriage, because, after that event, it is supposed that nothing remains to be told. This supposition is erroneous, as the history of many a wedded pair might exemplify: for, how many hearts have fallen away from their allegiance, after hands have been joined by the saffron-robed god, which had remained true, while suffering all the pangs that, from time immemorial, have attended the progress of the archer boy!

Passion-possession-what a history is comprised in these two words! But how often might its moral be conveyed in a third-indifference!

Marriage, we are told, is the portal at which Love resigns his votaries to the dominion of sober Reason; but, alas ! many have so little predilection for his empire, that they rather endeavour to retain the illusions of the past gone for ever--than to content themselves with the reality in their power:

During the days of courtship, the objects beloved are viewed through a magic mirror, which gives only perfections to the sight; but, after marriage, a magnifying glass seems to supply its place, which draws objects so unpleasingly near, that even the most trivial desects are made prominent. Courtship is a dream; marriage, the time of awaking. Fortunate are they who can lay asiile

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