Man and wife
, they say, there open the very bottom of their souls to each other; and some old couples often lie and chat over old times till nearly morning.
Now was the Sun in Western cadence low From Noon, and gentle Aires due at thir hour To fan the Earth now wak'd, and usher in The Eevning coole when he from wrauth more coole Came the mild Judge and Intercessor both To sentence Man: the voice of God they heard Now walking in the Garden, by soft windes Brought to thir Ears, while day declin'd, they heard And from his presence hid themselves among The thickest Trees, both Man and Wife
, till God Approaching, thus to ADAM call'd aloud.
It's been meat and drink, and man and wife
, to me; and if I'm not to have my rum now I'm a poor old hulk on a lee shore, my blood'll be on you, Jim, and that doctor swab"; and he ran on again for a while with curses.
So the twain were declared man and wife
and duly blessed; and the bride was kissed by each sturdy yeoman beginning with Robin Hood.
Yet there was an air of mutual support and of pure affection, seeking aid and giving it, that showed them to be man and wife
, with the sanction of a priest upon their love.
Came then, from the back of the room a procession headed by the high dignitary whose office it was to make these two man and wife
, and directly behind him a richly-clad youth bearing a silken pillow on which lay the golden handcuffs connected by a short length of chain-of-gold with which the ceremony would be concluded when the dignitary clasped a handcuff about the wrist of each symbolizing their indissoluble union in the holy bonds of wedlock.