William Penn

Adapted from Carmina Gadelica.


Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely.

He that minds a body and not a soul has not the better part of that relation,

and will consequently lack the noblest comfort of a married life.

Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love….

As love ought to bring them together, s

o it is the best way to keep them well together.

A husband and wife that love one another show their children…

that they should do so too.


Others visibly lose their authority in their families

by their contempt of one another;

and teach their children to be unnatural by their own examples.

Let not enjoyment lessen, but augment, affection;

it being the basest of passions to like when we have not,

what we slight when we possess.


Here it is we ought to search out our pleasure,

where the field is large and full of variety,

and of an enduring nature; sickness,

poverty or disgrace being not able to shake it

because it is not under the moving influences of worldly contingencies.

Nothing can be more entire and without reserve; nothing more zealous,

affectionate and sincere; nothing more contented

and constant that such a couple,

nor greater temporal felicity than to be one of them.


By, William Penn.