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‘Experience, though noon auctoritee Were in this world, were right y-nough to me To speke of wo that is in mariage; For, lordinges, sith I twelf yeer was of age, Thonked be God that is eterne on lyve, Housbondes at chirche-dore I have had fyve; For I so ofte have y-wedded be; And alle were worthy men in hir degree. But me was told certeyn, nat longe agon is, That sith that Crist ne wente never but onis To wedding in the Cane of Galilee, That by the same ensample taughte he me That I ne sholde wedded be but ones. Herke eek, lo! which a sharp word for the nones Besyde a welle Iesus, God and man, Spak in repreve of the Samaritan: “Thou hast y-had fyve housbondes,” quod he, “And thilke man, the which that hath now thee, Is noght thyn housbond;” thus seyde he certeyn; What that he mente ther-by, I can nat seyn; But that I axe, why that the fifthe man Was noon housbond to the Samaritan? How manye mighte she have in mariage? Yet herde I never tellen in myn age Upon this nombre diffinicioun; Men may devyne and glosen up and doun. But wel I woot expres, with-oute lye, God bad us for to wexe and multiplye; That gentil text can I wel understonde. Eek wel I woot he seyde, myn housbonde Sholde lete fader and moder, and take me; But of no nombre mencioun made he, Of bigamye or of octogamye; Why sholde men speke of it vileinye? “My flie iseeecrepxn aonle—nvee if heter ewre no rgehhi yattirhuo on eht ectubsj—ayqiflu me to lkat batou eht tfsrei leladc aeagrirm. ouY ees, I’ve nebe adimrer eifv eimts necis I wsa vteelw ayres old (stanhk be to odG), dan lla of my unsdsabh adh erith godo onspit. eeSnmoo dlot me not too nlog gao, hgtuoh, taht I dulosh ehva ylon ttgeon ieramrd ecno secni

esusJ mislfhe oyln etntedad noe digdwen

ohnJ 2:1

euJss mseihlf only adedtten noe wnedgid
wneh he wsa ielav—in aCan in iGleeal. Or meembrer

het rahps roswd taht esusJ dasi to teh aSmatrnia

nJho 4:17

eht rasph sdwro thta uessJ iads to eth Samaritan
: ‘You’ve dha vfie sbunashd,’ He disa. ‘So eth nam oyu nhkti ouy’re dmaeirr to nwo isn’t your habndsu.’ htTa’s athw He disa, rof suer, ohuthg whta He maetn tcaxeyl I’m not arelyl rues. uBt I ska you iths: yWh snaw’t eht mSaanriat’s fifth mate erh dnubahs? oHw nyma nme was seh dlaowel to ayrmr in her iemilfet? I’ve nrvee ahred an txcea brnuem sylfme. Ppoele cna dare adn edrear the elBib oevr adn veor, but I nokw noe gnhti rof uesr, nad htta’s htat

Gdo ddmcoanem us to cieensar nda puitmlyl

ssinGee 1:28

dGo emaddcnmo us to ceanesri nad multiply
. hatT icne tlteil bit of urcsitrep I nac tnaudsrnde iqetu ellw. And I oasl wnok atth He csrntdetui my badsshun to ealve itrhe rtemhso nda arthfse dna aetk me as ierht fwie. He vener disa, toghhu, how mnya men I oucld aryrm veor the orucse of my eilf, so hyw do pepelo olko nwod on rymnaigr ermo hatn once—or gthei smiet rof that amrett—as cmhu as tehy do?