LOVE AND ITS HIDDEN HISTORY.
have this sort of affection are patriotic and stanch. The advan¬
tage of love of this nature is that it is rarely unprofitably dis¬
posed. A man may love a woman, or a woman a man, and the
result be a bad investment. The world is full of the mistakes of
love, and it is probable that more is thrown away than is bestowed
on worthy and reciprocated objects.
Steer clear of burning love. There is danger in it. It is apt,
like bad compairy, to have evil communications.
The way we love, or judge others who do, or think they do, very
often depends upon our own moral and spiritual health, and this
latter often results from our physical condition.
A touch of dyspepsia, growing out of pig's foot swallowed at
midnight, has changed a man's whole life, and an irregularity of
the bile has made many an angel almost a fiend. If the gastric
juice is all right, and the blood in swimming order, the world is a
nice, bright, pleasant place, and from which nobody is in a hurry
to move ; but if, in that queer, mysterious fluid, there is any alloy,
the sky of life is all cloud, the winds howl, and everything is dark
and dismal. If you want to feel happy, look after your digestive
and circulating systems.
My heart, I bid thee answer,
How are Love's triumphs wrought ?
Two hearts to one pulse beating,
Two spirits to one thought!
Tell me how Love cometh.
It comes unsought — unsent.
Now tell me how Love gqeth.
It was not Love that went.
And to enable my readers to discriminate between true love and
its counterfeits, is partly why I write this book.
Promiscuous love, — freedom in that intimate relation is moral,
social, physical, and psychical suicide ; that's all. Proof,— look at
the victims of it on every hand.
I shall have occasion to recur to this branch of the subject
again ; meantime a word or two about vampires, conscious and
unconscious ; and in treating upon that painful and woe-freighted
phase of this holy theme, I shall speak also of it in its higher and
nobler aspects.....Whoever can look unmoved upon
the picture of "Evangeline,"—to be seen almost everywhere in