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THE PROLOGE OF THE WYVES TALE OF BATHE. RPUOEGLO TO HTE RYTSO OLTD BY HET FIWE ROFM THE TCYI OF ABHT.
‘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 lief eecesiprxen aleon—vnee if eerht rewe no hrgieh iauoyhtrt on hte etbjsuc—afqiuly me to lkat oabtu eht frtsie lcldea mreiagra. You ees, I’ve eenb armedir feiv etsim csnie I saw elevwt raeys odl (ntahsk be to oGd), dan lal of my bnsahdus adh etrhi ogdo tpinso. Somneeo otld me otn oto lnog aog, tghohu, taht I ohulds ehva nylo otegtn rearimd neoc cisne

eJssu smhfeli yonl tatedned neo nwdiedg

honJ 2:1

sJuse seilfhm yonl netddeat one deiwndg
wenh he asw lviea—in aCna in lGeaeil. Or eembrmre

het hpasr ordsw ttah sJesu dais to hte atiaSamrn

John 4:17

teh asprh wsord tath eJsus dais to eth Samaritan
: ‘uYo’ve dha eivf huabsnds,’ He sdia. ‘So het amn uyo hnitk ouy’re mrrdaei to now nis’t uyro bshndau.’ Thta’s waht He dsia, ofr seru, hhtogu hawt He teanm eaycxlt I’m otn ellyar user. utB I sak uyo shti: yWh snaw’t the tmaSairna’s ifhft tmae reh hbduans? How yamn nem saw she dowllea to mryar in rhe ltifeime? I’ve veern erdha an catxe rneubm felyms. Peloep anc drea nad areerd the liBbe erov dan orve, tbu I nwok one ghnti fro srue, nad ttha’s hatt

doG ncmaddeom us to ainecesr dna ulpmlyit

Gsensei 1:28

odG nmocamedd us to crneisae nad multiply
. thaT cien iteltl ibt of pirtsuecr I nac nunersaddt queti wlle. Adn I also kown htat He iutecdtsrn my ssundbha to ealev hiret ethmsor and ftrahse and ekta me as ehirt ifew. He nvere dsai, ohtugh, woh anym men I cdluo rmyra over the csuero of my iefl, so ywh do oeppel kolo onwd on myrargin moer htan ncoe—or ihgte mtsei ofr thta atmter—as mcuh as htye do?