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is ruinous. This is especially true of marriage matters, which are
only productive of two results — hell or heaven. For the true and
holy rite is ascensive, and leads to health, happiness, delight, lon¬
gevity, gracious, celestial and glorious joy ; or descensive, leading to
the lowest depths of social, moral and domestic horror, on which
sad rocks too many souls are wrecked.
LXXYII. Love between husband and wife should last to the
brink of the grave ; but it don't. With careful obedience to these
rules, and judicious food, drink, and occasional baths, it will.
Doctors, clergymen, merchants, lawyers, people of letters, all
whose minds arc constantly on the stretch ; also, women of like
mental culture, are all more or less deficient in vital energy, and all
will speedily reach primitive vigor, endurance, and elasticity of
spirit and body, only through the natural methods herein set forth.
LXXVIII. Conjugal love never stands still. It either increases
or diminishes, and husbands and wives both injure and mar it by
LXXIX. She who yields to a libertine is sure to be despised by
him. lie who patronizes a harlot is worse than a beast, and either
are unworthy of the forms they bear, for no beast sins against beast-
morals, as humans do against theirs. . . . Whoever yields to
passion not love-founded is not only a fool but a suicide ; for love-
passion builds up the human soul, but mere lust absolutely wastes
soul, and every one guilty of the folly knows this from experience,
for a debauch lessens the entire volume of power. Whoever is false
to a true wife or husband contracts the malaria of the Shades, and
is sure to bring home the subtle poison, and lay the broad founda¬
tion of domestic Ruin. Sexual faith and purity is the price of
power; just as Love is the sole base of immortality. All people
no NOT HAVE SOULS.
LXXX. Both husbands and wives will grant as a boon, when
either would refuse to accord a rite claimed as a right. Nothing is
lost, but everything is gained bv the persuasive mood. Ife comes
too near who comes to be denied. Insistance is brutaksm. Ask in
love — be sure to show it; if you're true, she's sure to know it.