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Monday, 17 February 2014

On Marriage by William Stevenson

Felices ter, et amplius
Quos irrupta tenet copula – Horace.

Marriage is good, mankind agree;
One flesh let male and female be.
One in the grand resolve of life,
Eternal hate, and mutual strife.
One form’d exactly for another,
To harass and torment each other.
But better thus their spleen to vent,
And gross abuse, till all is spent,
Than, haply, disengag’d from home,
The public pests abroad to roam.

From: Stevenson, William, Original Poems on Several Subjects in Two Volumes, Volume 1, 1765, A Donaldson and J Reid: Edinburgh, p. 269.

Date: 1765

By: William Stevenson (1719-1783)