Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

page 183

Neither divine justice nor human equity has divorced
two minds in one.
   Rights that are bargained away must not be retaken
by the contractors, except by mutual consent.  Human
nature has bestowed on a wife the right to become a
mother; but if the wife esteems not this privilege, by
mutual consent, exalted and increased affections, she
may win a higher.  Science touches the conjugal question
on the basis of a bill of rights.  Can the bill of conjugal
rights be fairly stated by a magistrate, or by a
minister?  Mutual interests and affections are the spirit
of these rights, and they should be consulted, augmented,
and allowed to rise to the spiritual altitude whence they
can choose only good.

MISC 290

   A third person is not a party to the compact of two
hearts.  Let other people's marriage relations alone: two
persons only, should be found within their precincts.
The nuptial vow is never annulled so long as the animus
of the contract is preserved intact.  Science lifts humanity
higher in the scale of harmony, and must ultimately break
all bonds that hinder progress.

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