“Courting in Church”

A young gentleman happening to sit at church in a pew adjoining one in which was a young lady, for whom he conceived a sudden and violent passion, felt desirous of entering into courtship on the spot, but the place not suiting a formal declaration, the exigency suggested the following plan:–He politely handed his fair neighbour a Bible, open, with a pin stuck in the following verse:–Second Epistle of John, verse 7th–’And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto you, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.’ She returned it with the following:–Second chapter Ruth, 10th verse–’Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself the ground, and said unto him, Why have I grace in thine eyes that thou shouldst take notice of me, seeing I am a stranger?’ He returned the book, pointing to the twelfth verse of the Third Epistle of John–’Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink; but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face.’ From the above interview, the marriage took place the following week.

The Shamrock, Aug. 26, 1871

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