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The Choice of a Husband.

The Choice of a Husband.

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"The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, in the home of another husband." — Ruth i, 9,
"The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, in the home of another husband." — Ruth i, 9,

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THE CHOICE OF A HUSBAD.
Rev. T. DE WITT TALMAGE D.D.,
"The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, in the home of anotherhusband." — Ruth i, 9,This is the prayer of pious aomi for Ruthand Orpah, and is an appropriate prayer now iqbehalf of unmarried womanhood. aomi, thegood old soul, knew that the devil would taketheir ^ases in hand if God did not, so she prays :*'Thci Lord grant you that ye may find rest, eachof you in the house of her husbando"Id this series of sermons on "The MarriageRing," I, last Sabbath, gave prayerful and Chris-tian advice to men in regard to the selection of awife, and to-day I give the same prayerful andChristian advice to women in regard to the selec<tion of a husband, but in all these sermons sayingmuch that I hope will be appropriate for all agesand all classes.VOLUTARY CELTBACT.I applaud the cehbacy of a multitude of womeiiwho, rather than make unfit selection, have madenone at all. It has not been a lack of opportmiityfor marital contract on their part, but their ownculture, and refinement, and their exalted idea asto what a husband ought to be, have caused theirTHE CHOICE OP A HUSBAD. 25
 
declinature. They have seen so many womenmarry imbeciles, or ruffians, or incipient sots, orlife-time incapables, or magnificent nothings, ormen who before marriage were angelic and after-ward diabolic, that they have been alarmed andstood back. They saw so many boats go into themaelstrom that they steered into other waters.Better for a woman to live alone, though she livea thousand years, than to be annexed to one of these masculine failures with which society is sur-feited. The patron saint of almost every familycircle is some such unmarried woman, and amongall the families of cousins she moves around, andher coming in each house is the morning, and hergoing away is the night.A BEEFICET SPISTERHOOD.In my large circle of kindred, perhaps twentyfamilies in all, it was an Aunt Phoebe. Paulgave a letter of introduction to one whom hecalls "Phoebe, our sister," as she went up fromCenchrea to Rome, commending her for her kind-ness and Christian service, and imploring for herall courtesies. I think Aunt Phoebe was namedafter her. Was there a sickness in any of thehouseholds, she was there ready to sit up andcount out the drops of medicine. Was there amarriage, she helped deck the bride for the altar.Was there a new soul incarnated, she was thereto rejoice at the nativity. Was there a sore be •reavement, she was there to console. The chil-dren rushed out at her first appearance, crying.g6 THE CHOICE OF A HUSBAM),"Here comes Aunt Phoebe," and but for parental
 
interference they would have pulled her downwith their caresses — ^for she was not very strong,and many severe illnesses had given her enoughglimpses of the next world to make her heavenlyminded. Her table w^as loaded up with Baxter's"Saints' Rest," Doddridge's "Rise and Progress,"and Jay's "Morning and Evening Exercises," andJohn Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress," and hkebooks, which have fitted out whole generationsfor the heaven upon which they have alreadyentered.A GLIMPSE OF HEAVE."De Witt," she said to me one day, "twice inmy life I have been so overwhelmed with thelove of God that I fainted away and couldhardly be resuscitated. Don't tell me there is noheaven. I have seen it twice." If you wouldknow how her presence would soothe an anxiety,or hft a burden, or cheer a sorrow, or leave a bless-ing on every room in the house, ask any of theTalmages. She had tarried at her early home,taking care of an invalid father, until the bloomof life had somewhat faded ; but she could interestthe young folks with some three or four tender pas-sages in her own history, so that we all knew that itwas not through lack of opportunity that she wasnot the queen of one household, instead of beinga benediction on a whole circle of households.At about seventy years of age she made herlast visit to my house, and when she sat in myTHE CHOICE OF A HUSBAD. 27Philadelphia church I was more embarrassed ather presence than by all the audience, because I

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