Richard Baxter On Marriage
"Direct. I. Take heed that neither lust not rashness do thrust you into a married condition, before you see such reasons to invite you to it, as may assure you of the call and approbation of God. For, 1. It is God that you must serve in your married state, and therefore it is meet that you take his counsel before you rush upon it; for he knoweth best himself what belongeth to his service. 2. And it is God that you must still depend upon, for the blessing and comforts of your relation: and therefore there is sent, as the chief thing requisite to the match: if the consent of parents be necessary, much more is the consent of God."