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EARLY beloved friends, we are gathered together here in the

sight of God, and in the face of his congregation, to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony; which is an honourable 12 state, instituted of God in Paradise, in the time of man's innocency, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church ; which holy "state Christ adorned and beautified with his presence and first miracle that he wrought in Cana of Galilee; and is commended of Saint Paul, to be honourable among all men; and therefore is not to be enterprised, nor taken in hand unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly, to satisfy men's carnal lusts and appetites, like brute beasts that have no understanding ; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God; duly considering the causes for 13 the which matrimony was ordained.

**One was, the procreation of children, to be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and praise of God. Secondly, it was ordained for a remedy against sin, and to avoid fornication ; that is such persons as have not the gift of continency might marry, and keep themselves undefiled members of Christ's body. Thirdly, for the mutual society, help, and comfort, that the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity: into the which holy state these two persons present come now to be joined. Therefore if any man can shew any just cause why they may not lawfully be 16 joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.

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And also speaking to the persons that shall be married, he shall say, REQUIRE and charge you, (as you will answer at the dreadful day

of judgment, when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed) that if either of you do know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined together in matrimony, that ye confess it. For be ye well assured, that so many as be coupled together, otherwise than God's word doth allow, are not "joined together by God, neither is their matrimony lawful.

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10 that ye confess it [1604] [S. L.] "be (1604] [S. L.)

12 estate (1552] (1549) 13 for which (1552]

one cause was, &c. (1549] 15 such persons as be married might live chastely in matrimony and keep themselves, &c. (1549) 16 joined so together (1549)

17 joined of God, [1549]

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1604 S. L. At which day of marriage, if any mun do allodge and declare any impediment, uhy they may not be coupled togather in Matrimony, by God's Luu', or the Laus of this Realm ; und will be bound, und sufficient surties with him, to the parties; or itse put in a caution ( to the full ralue of such churges as the persons to be married 'do thereby süstuin) to prore his alligation; Thin the solemnicution must le deired, ? until such time as the truth be tried, If no impediment be alledged, then shall the 3 Curate say unto the Man,

WILT thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live toge

ther after God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long as “ye both shall live?

The Man shall ansuer,

will.

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Then shall the Priest say unto the Il'omun,
WILT thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live toge-

ther after God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony ? Wilt thou obey him, and serve him, love, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health; and forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, so long as "ye both shall live?

The l'oman shall unswer,

I will.

Then shall the Minister say,
Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?
Then shall they gire their troth to each

other in this manner, The Minister, receiving the woman at her. And the s Minister receiving the roman father's or friend's hands, shall cause at her father's or friend's hunds, shall the mun with his right hand to take the cause the man to take the uomun by the uoman by her right hand, and to say right hand, and so either to gire their after him as followeth.

troth to other, the man first suying,

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day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth. Then shall they loose their hands; and Then shall they loose their hands, and the the woman, with her right hand taking woman taking aguin the mun by the the man by his right hand, shall like- right hand, shall say, wise suy after the Minister, N. take thee N. to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from

this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, 'till death us according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.

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oft which itp of marriage, it my man do solicite unul dechre any impaiment, why

they may not be coupl ritorither! in matrimoni Inay Greud's lune', in the laws of this raim; and will be bound, and suficient surcties with him, to the partirs; or cime pot in stitution to the full rului uf such charges as the prisons to be married !" (lo sustain, to jermen his allegation; then ilu solemnization must be deferrul, unto such

time is the truth in triun. ti no linpaiment be alleguel, then still the Curule say unto the man,

WILT thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live toge

ther after God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony ? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her, in sickness, and in health ? And forsaking all other, keep thee only to her, so long as you both shall live?

Thet Han shall unsur,

I will.

N.

N:

Thun shall the Prust say to the room,
WILT thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live toge-

ther after God's ordinance, in the holy estate of matrimony ? Wilt thou obey him, and serve him, love, honour, and keep him, in sickness and in health? And forsaking all other, keep thee only "to him, so long as you both shall live ?

The woman skall answer,

I will.

nen shall the Ministerstil Who giveth this woman to be married "2 unto this man?

114 the Minister, riceiring the woman at her father, or friend's hands, shall cause

the vill to tuke the woman in the right hund, and so iiller to gire their irath to othe?"; the midt irst sagjeng;

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N. take thee N. to my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this

day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us depart, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth. Then sluall thuy loose their hands; tind ile sroman fuking again the main by the right

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N. take thee N. to my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from

this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us depart, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my

troth.

7 till death do us depart (S. L.] 6 alledge any, &c. [1549] 9 in matrimony; and will be bound, and sureties with him 10, &c. (1549] 10 doth (1552]

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Then shall they gain loose their hands; ani thu man skull cire unto the Criik ei

ring, luying the sums upon the book, with the accustomed iluty to the Priest and Ciurli cind the Priest, foking the ring, shall deliver it unto the man, tu pun it

upon the fourth fing er of the sonun's lift hand. snit the man holding thu ring there, and Lind the mun tuught by the Priest skui! taught by the Priest, shall say,

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ITH 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. Amen.

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Then the min icarmg the ring upon the fourth fineret of the woman's leit hard, they shall hath hinal down; ami thu

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Let us pray:

O

all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life ; Send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy Name; that, as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, so these persons may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, (whereof this ring given and received is a token and pledge,) and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tlun shull the Priosi join this might hands togetjur, and selle,
Those whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

Then shall the i linister sah unto the people,
NORASMUCH as N. and N. have consented together in holy wed-

lock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth either to other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving of a ring, and by joining of hands; I pronounce that they be man and wife together, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

And thens Blinister shall add this blessine,

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und the man shuil gire unto the roman and the man shall gire unto the woman dring, laying the same upon the book a ring, and other tokens of spoustran with the accustomed duty to the Priest is gold or silrer, laying the sume upon and Clerksind the Priest tuling the the book. Ind the Priest, taking the rina, shull deliver it unto the man, to ring, shall (heliner it unto the 2012, to put it upon the fourth finger of the put it upon the fourth finger of the Can's eft hand.

And the man,

roman's left hanil. ind the main iqught by the Priest, shall suy,

taught by the Priest, shali sall, TITH this ring I thee wed; CITH this ring I thee wed;

this gold and silver I thee ship, and with all my worldly goods give; with my body I thee worship; I thee endow. In the name of the and with all my worldly goods I thee Father, and of the Son, and of the endow. In the name of the Father, holy Ghost. Amen.

and of the Son, and of the holy Ghost. Amen.

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Thin the man luuring the ring upon the fourth jinger of the roman': left hand, the

Ministu' shull sitif,

Let us pray:

O

ETERNAL God, creator and preserver of all mankind, giver of

all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life ; send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy name ; that as Isaac and Re- | thy name; that as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together; So becca (after bracelets and Jewels these persons may surely perform of gold given of the one to the other and keep the vow and covenant for tokens of their matrimony) betwixt them made, whereof this lived faithfully together; So these ring given and received, is a token persons may surely perform and and pledge, and may ever remain keep the vow and covenant betwixt in perfect love and peace together, them made, whereof this ring given and live according unto thy laws; and received is a token and pledge: through Jesus Christ our Lord. And may ever remain in perfect Amen.

love and peace together ; And live according to thy laws ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Priest join their right hands logither aus Sau
Those whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

Ihon shail the Minister puth wedother people
ORASMUCH as N. and N. have consented together in holy wed-

lock, and have witnessed the same ? before God, and this company; and thereto have given and pledged their troth either to other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving of a ring, and by joining of hands ; I pronounce that they be man and wife together; In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

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