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6这样,他们不再是两个人,而是一体的了。所以 神所配合的,人不可分开。”
6Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
6 Verse 6. What therefore God hath joined together] συνεζευξεν,

yoked together, as oxen in the plough, where each must pull

equally, in order to bring it on. Among the ancients, when

persons were newly married, they put a yoke upon their necks, or

chains upon their arms, to show that they were to be one, closely

united, and pulling equally together in all the concerns of life.

See KYPKE in loco.

The finest allegorical representation of the marriage union I

have met with, is that antique gem representing the marriage of

Cupid and Psyche, in the collection of the duke of Marlborough: it

may be seen also among Baron Stoch's gems, and casts or copies of

it in various other collections. 1. Both are represented as

winged, to show the alacrity with which the husband and wife

should help, comfort and support each ether; preventing, as much

as possible, the expressing of a wish or want on either side, by

fulfilling it before it can be expressed. 2. Both are veiled, to

show that modesty is an inseparable attendant on pure matrimonial

connections. 3. Hymen or Marriage goes before them with a lighted

torch, leading them by a chain, of which each has a hold, to show

that they are united together, and are bound to each other, and

that they are led to this by the pure flame of love, which at the

same instant both enlightens and warms them. 4. This chain is not

iron nor brass, (to intimate that the marriage union is a state of

thraldom or slavery,) but it is a chain of pearls, to show that

the union is precious, beautiful, and delightful. 5. They hold a

dove, the emblem of conjugal fidelity, which they appear to

embrace affectionately, to show that they are faithful to each

other, not merely through duty, but by affection, and that this

fidelity contributes to the happiness of their lives. 6. A winged

Cupid, or Love, is represented as having gone before them,

preparing the nuptial feast; to intimate that active affections,

warm and cordial love, are to be to them a continual source of

comfort and enjoyment; and that this is the entertainment they

are to meet with at every step of their affectionate lives. 7.

Another Cupid, or genius of love comes behind, and places on their

heads a basket of ripe fruits; to intimate that a matrimonial

union of this kind will generally be blessed with children, who

shall be as pleasing to all their senses as ripe and delicious

fruits to the smell and taste. 8. The genius of love that

follows them has his wings shrivelled up, or the feathers all

curled, so as to render them utterly unfit for flight; to intimate

that love is to abide with them, that there is to be no separation

in affection, but that they are to continue to love one another

with pure hearts fervently. Thus love begins and continues this

sacred union; as to end, there can be none, for God hath yoked

them together.

A finer or more expressive set of emblems has never, I believe,

been produced, even by modern refined taste and ingenuity. This

group of emblematical figures is engraved upon an onyx by Tryphon,

an ancient Grecian artist. A fine drawing was made of this by

Cypriani, and was engraved both by Bartolozzi and Sherwin. See

one of these plates in the second volume of Bryant's Analysis of

Ancient Mythology, page 392.