To Mr. and Mrs. De Fleury, Jun’rs, Married November 25th, 1773 by Maria De Fleury

THIS POEM, IS INSCRIBED BY THEIR AFFECTIONATE SISTER,MARIA DE FLEURY, WISHING THEM GRACE, MERCY AND PEACE, FROM GOD THE FATHER, AND FROM JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

Happy the pair, who’re fitly join’d,
In heart, in temper, and in mind,
Made one in Hymen’s silken bands;
United hearts, united hands,
Both children of eternal grace,
Both journeying to the heav’nly place,
Both taught in the Redeemer’s school,
They make his will, his word their rule.
Helpmeets indeed, they kindly bear
And soften each the other’s care.
Celestial friendship smiles around,
And all their hours with peace are crown’d:
They mount towards the realms of day,
And find a heaven all the way;
So Jesus loves his ransom’d bride,
For whom he groan’d, and bled, and dy’d,
Who life receives from his pierc’d side.
So Zion hangs on Jesus’ name,
And calls him Lord, with tend’rest claim:
Her brother, Saviour, bridegroom, all;
And on his love depends for all.
No harsh commands the Saviour lays,
No forc’d obedience Zion pays;
A loving sceptre Jesus wields,
A free obedience Zion yields:
To do his will is her employ,
Because his will’s her chiefest joy;
She has her will, when his is done,
They will the same, for they are one.
Ye marry’d, would ye happy prove,
Remember all the charm is love.

From: De Fleury, Maria, Divine Poems and Essays, On Various Subjects. In Two Parts, 1804, Thomas H. Burnton: New York, pp. 279-280.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=hBAlAAAAMAAJ)

Date: 1773

By: Maria De Fleury (fl. 1773-1791)

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