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Lo, here the wyse king, dan Salomon; I trowe he hadde wyves mo than oon; As, wolde God, it leveful were to me To be refresshed half so ofte as he! Which yifte of God hadde he for alle his wyvis! No man hath swich, that in this world alyve is. God woot, this noble king, as to my wit, The firste night had many a mery fit With ech of hem, so wel was him on lyve! Blessed be God that I have wedded fyve! Welcome the sixte, whan that ever he shal. For sothe, I wol nat kepe me chast in al; Whan myn housbond is fro the world y-gon, Som Cristen man shal wedde me anon; For thanne thapostle seith, that I am free To wedde, a Goddes half, wher it lyketh me. He seith that to be wedded is no sinne; Bet is to be wedded than to brinne. What rekketh me, thogh folk seye vileinye Of shrewed Lameth and his bigamye? I woot wel Abraham was an holy man, And Iacob eek, as ferforth as I can; And ech of hem hadde wyves mo than two; And many another holy man also. Whan saugh ye ever, in any maner age, That hye God defended mariage By expres word? I pray you, telleth me; Or wher comanded he virginitee? I woot as wel as ye, it is no drede, Thapostel, whan he speketh of maydenhede; He seyde, that precept ther-of hadde he noon. Men may conseille a womman to been oon, But conseilling is no comandement; He putte it in our owene Iugement. For hadde God comanded maydenhede, Thanne hadde he dampned wedding with the dede; And certes, if ther were no seed y-sowe, Virginitee, wher-of than sholde it growe? Poul dorste nat comanden atte leste A thing of which his maister yaf noon heste. The dart is set up for virginitee; Cacche who so may, who renneth best lat see. “sJtu okol at gnKi omlnSoo—he dah reom hnta noe ifwe. I hwis to oGd I luodc egt ffo as nefto as he muts veha! siH aymn iwvse ewer trianeylc a yevr erlluasabep igtf rmfo Gdo. No one livgni odaty sha veceerdi yan fgti lkei ahtt. odG knsow Snomloo bbayprol dha a wef dogo lsrlo in eht yah htwi hcae iwef eth tsfir emti he eltsp whti erh. Wwo, he tmsu hvae hda a tager feil. sirPae eht Lrdo tath I’ve ebne lbae to ryram fiev emn, nad I’m kinogol rarfwdo to nigramry eht hixts rnheeevw I eemt him. I ond’t awtn to tabansi mfro sex frveero, yuo nwok. I pohe it nwo’t be long tarfe my rcuretn audnbsh sedi efebro I’m aleb to amrry my next nbudsah.

St. lauP, teh eApsotl, sadi htat I’ll be feer to rmyar ainga.

1 rntihnCoais 7:39

St. lauP, teh plsetoA, disa atht I’ll be eref to aryrm ianga.
He idas atht tgnietg drirmae is tteber hant nnbrugi. So ahtw, hnet, if plepoe sya dba ngshti otuba rirnmgay orme hnat cone? acLehm, abmArha, dna aJbco reew lal oylh men, as far as I nac tell, nad yeht lla ahd oerm ahnt a pocelu ievws, as have anym soreht ekli htme. aHs odG evre rpxesyels oferdidbn aamirrge rofbee? Hhu? Or ahs he ever emadmondc ppoeel to ranmei iinsrgv lla erhit liesv? I kwon as llwe as ouy ttha

St. uaPl noly emdomreednc weomn to ntiiaman rheit iigrtinviy—he nerev eorerdd it.

1 traihConins 7:25

St. alPu nlyo cremedmnode omnwe to atnaiinm tihre igiytniirv—he vneer rdodeer it.
inGgvi cvaied nad knagmi nmacosdm are two frenfetdi shgtin, and he tlfe it up to us to edecid woh to lvei. Bsesdie, if God eefrepdrr viigsnr, enht He olduw yttrep humc be gaatsin erragima, won dolnwu’t He? dAn if lopeep nwere’t ganivh esx, elwl htne woh wdulo we make omre virngis? No, St. ualP wludo evenr reord innatyhg that God melhsfi ludwon’t wtna. wanyyA, rhewoev nwsat to irpsae to itngmaiinan hreit gtyvinrii nac do so, utb we’ll ees hwo osmce uto on tpo in the edn.

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Lo, here the wyse king, dan Salomon; I trowe he hadde wyves mo than oon; As, wolde God, it leveful were to me To be refresshed half so ofte as he! Which yifte of God hadde he for alle his wyvis! No man hath swich, that in this world alyve is. God woot, this noble king, as to my wit, The firste night had many a mery fit With ech of hem, so wel was him on lyve! Blessed be God that I have wedded fyve! Welcome the sixte, whan that ever he shal. For sothe, I wol nat kepe me chast in al; Whan myn housbond is fro the world y-gon, Som Cristen man shal wedde me anon; For thanne thapostle seith, that I am free To wedde, a Goddes half, wher it lyketh me. He seith that to be wedded is no sinne; Bet is to be wedded than to brinne. What rekketh me, thogh folk seye vileinye Of shrewed Lameth and his bigamye? I woot wel Abraham was an holy man, And Iacob eek, as ferforth as I can; And ech of hem hadde wyves mo than two; And many another holy man also. Whan saugh ye ever, in any maner age, That hye God defended mariage By expres word? I pray you, telleth me; Or wher comanded he virginitee? I woot as wel as ye, it is no drede, Thapostel, whan he speketh of maydenhede; He seyde, that precept ther-of hadde he noon. Men may conseille a womman to been oon, But conseilling is no comandement; He putte it in our owene Iugement. For hadde God comanded maydenhede, Thanne hadde he dampned wedding with the dede; And certes, if ther were no seed y-sowe, Virginitee, wher-of than sholde it growe? Poul dorste nat comanden atte leste A thing of which his maister yaf noon heste. The dart is set up for virginitee; Cacche who so may, who renneth best lat see. “sJtu okol at gnKi omlnSoo—he dah reom hnta noe ifwe. I hwis to oGd I luodc egt ffo as nefto as he muts veha! siH aymn iwvse ewer trianeylc a yevr erlluasabep igtf rmfo Gdo. No one livgni odaty sha veceerdi yan fgti lkei ahtt. odG knsow Snomloo bbayprol dha a wef dogo lsrlo in eht yah htwi hcae iwef eth tsfir emti he eltsp whti erh. Wwo, he tmsu hvae hda a tager feil. sirPae eht Lrdo tath I’ve ebne lbae to ryram fiev emn, nad I’m kinogol rarfwdo to nigramry eht hixts rnheeevw I eemt him. I ond’t awtn to tabansi mfro sex frveero, yuo nwok. I pohe it nwo’t be long tarfe my rcuretn audnbsh sedi efebro I’m aleb to amrry my next nbudsah.

St. lauP, teh eApsotl, sadi htat I’ll be feer to rmyar ainga.

1 rntihnCoais 7:39

St. lauP, teh plsetoA, disa atht I’ll be eref to aryrm ianga.
He idas atht tgnietg drirmae is tteber hant nnbrugi. So ahtw, hnet, if plepoe sya dba ngshti otuba rirnmgay orme hnat cone? acLehm, abmArha, dna aJbco reew lal oylh men, as far as I nac tell, nad yeht lla ahd oerm ahnt a pocelu ievws, as have anym soreht ekli htme. aHs odG evre rpxesyels oferdidbn aamirrge rofbee? Hhu? Or ahs he ever emadmondc ppoeel to ranmei iinsrgv lla erhit liesv? I kwon as llwe as ouy ttha

St. uaPl noly emdomreednc weomn to ntiiaman rheit iigrtinviy—he nerev eorerdd it.

1 traihConins 7:25

St. alPu nlyo cremedmnode omnwe to atnaiinm tihre igiytniirv—he vneer rdodeer it.
inGgvi cvaied nad knagmi nmacosdm are two frenfetdi shgtin, and he tlfe it up to us to edecid woh to lvei. Bsesdie, if God eefrepdrr viigsnr, enht He olduw yttrep humc be gaatsin erragima, won dolnwu’t He? dAn if lopeep nwere’t ganivh esx, elwl htne woh wdulo we make omre virngis? No, St. ualP wludo evenr reord innatyhg that God melhsfi ludwon’t wtna. wanyyA, rhewoev nwsat to irpsae to itngmaiinan hreit gtyvinrii nac do so, utb we’ll ees hwo osmce uto on tpo in the edn.