The Wedding Day in All Ages and Countries, Volume 2

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Page 184 - Cybele, while the benediction posset was drank ; and a cake being broken over the head of Mrs Tabitha Lismahago, the fragments were distributed among the by-standers, according to the custom of the ancient Britons, on the supposition that every person who ate of this hallowed cake should that night have a vision of the man or woman whom Heaven designed should be his or her wedded mate.
Page 132 - Then shall they again loose their hands; and the Man shall give unto the Woman a Ring. And the Minister taking the Ring shall deliver it unto the Man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand.
Page 132 - WITH this ring I thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Page 206 - Leicester, and others of his brethren, with the rest of the parish, the said Thomas, for expressing of his mind, instead of words of his own accord, used these signs; first, he embraced her with his arms, took her by the hand, and put a ring on her finger, and laid his hand upon his heart, and held up his hands towards heaven; and to...
Page 119 - The priest then joined their hands, and said,—" And thus you affiance yourselves;" to which the parties answered,—" Yes, sir." They then received a suitable exhortation on the nature and design of marriage, and an injunction to live piously and chastely until that event should take place.
Page 118 - Largitate, betwixt them that are promised in Marriage, hath a condition (for the most part silent) that it may be had again if Marriage ensue not ; but if the man should have had a Kiss for his money, he should lose one half of that which he gave. Yet, with the woman it is otherwise, for kissing or not kissing, whatsoever she gave, she may ask and have it again. However, this extends only to Gloves, Rings, Bracelets, and such like small wares.
Page 133 - And turn'd to th' outward man the inward; 300 More proper for the cloudy night Of Popery than Gospel-light: Others were for abolishing That tool of matrimony, a Ring, With which the unsanctify'd bridegroom Is marry'd only to a thumb...
Page 132 - And the Priest taking the ring, shall deliver it unto the man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the woman's left hand. And the man taught by the priest shall say. WITH this ring I thee wed : with my body I thee worship : and with all my worldly goods I thee endow.
Page 176 - Then was there a fair Bride-cup of silver and gilt carried before her, wherein was a goodly branch of Rosemary gilded very faire, hung about with silken Ribands of all colours ; next was there a noyse of Musicians that played all the way before her...
Page 118 - The ceremony, generally speaking, was performed by the priest demanding of the parties if they had entered into a contract with any other person, or made a vow of chastity or religion; whether they had acted for each other, or for any child they might have had, in the capacity of godfather or godmother, or whether they had committed incontinence with any near relation of the other party; but the latter questions might be dispensed with at the discretion of the priest. Then this oath was administered...

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