To a Friend on His Marriage
By William G. Mills
Oh! woman, virtuous and fair,
Peculiar boon of heaven!
Man’s lasting friend and comforter,
Wise Providence has given!
When lordly man is torn with grief,
Or anxious care oppresses,
In thee he finds a sweet relief,
A heaven in thy caresses!
Thus for yourself you choose a wife,
In youthful graces smiling;
Then happy may you make her life –
Domestic cares beguiling.
May mutual love, and joy, and peace,
Through life’s fleet scenes attend you;
Love’s little pledges, too, increase,
And heaven its blessings send you.