This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 Excerpt: ... blood relative. The word " kindred" means relatives by blood or marriage. This brings them all in--wives, husbands, children, parents, ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 Excerpt: ... blood relative. The word " kindred" means relatives by blood or marriage. This brings them all in--wives, husbands, children, parents, sisters, brothers, cousins, kin-in-law, and perhaps relationships by affinity. More poetry has been inspired and more pleasing sentiment written by these relationships than by any other theme. The first dawn of intelligence brings to a human being the sense of dependence. The baby opens its eyes into the face of its mother and soon recognizes her as its loving friend. Next it comes into a similar experience with its father. Filial love is soon awakened, and feelings are inspired that never die. My mother! My father! How blessed the memory of their tenderness! Then come the love of sister and brother and other relatives who may enjoy normal fellowship in the home. It is the awakening of nature to the truth of loving somebody, and of having somebody to love. Ere long we enter the marriage relation and are rejoiced to find love in a stronger bond than any which bound us in infancy or youth. My wife! My husband! "What is there in this vale of strife Half so delightful as a wife; When friendship, love and peace combine To stamp the marriage bond divine?" Only a wife can say that a good, pure, generous, devoted husband is more delightful than a wife, and she only because she cannot be a husband. Next follows maternal and paternal love, the one stronger with fondness and the other with pity, but both as deep and tender as the mighty nature which the infinite God has given to man. Much is said about a mother's live, its constancy, depth and imperishableness, but a father's love also bears the stamp of heaven's own coin. Addison believed that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as that of a true fathe...Read Less
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