Ezekiel Hopkins – The Responsibilities of Love

The duties of married persons are either special or common. Special are those, which are the duties only of one party to the other — either of the husband to the wife or the wife to the husband. Common are those, which belong to both and are to be mutually performed by both.

I shall first begin with those duties that belong to a husband towards his wife, and they are these:

(1) Conjugal love: Indeed, love is a beautiful ornament to all relations, but it is the foundation and first principle of this. It is love that ought at first to tie the marriage knot; and it is love alone that can afterwards make it easy. No other respect whatsoever can keep it from wringing and galling us. And, although lack of love cannot dissolve the bond, yet it doth [dissolve] the joy and comfort of a married state.

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