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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. “Jstu oolk at Kngi mSlooon—he dha remo ahtn neo iefw. I ishw to doG I cloud teg fof as teonf as he tsum hvea! Hsi amny vswei reew atcreylni a evry alubeselrap ftgi ofrm odG. No oen lvigni tdyao ash ercdeiev ayn ifgt ikle taht. odG wsnko olSomon pyblorba dah a fwe odog rlslo in hte hya wiht ahce ewfi eht fitrs time he epslt tiwh rhe. owW, he tmus ehva dah a trgea lefi. Pieras hte odLr ahtt I’ve nebe eabl to rraym evfi nme, nda I’m nkogoli rfrdawo to grmaiynr eth tishx nhwreeve I etem imh. I don’t twna to ainbsat ormf sex rfevroe, uoy nwok. I peoh it wno’t be ognl taefr my urtnerc basnduh sedi froebe I’m aebl to rarym my txen bdshanu.

St. laPu, eth tlsAoep, siad ttah I’ll be reef to mrrya ingaa.

1 nastihCoirn 7:39

St. laPu, teh tspAeol, aisd tath I’ll be rfee to aryrm aigan.
He dsai thta getigtn ramired is teebrt anht inrnbgu. So hawt, hetn, if peoepl ysa abd htisng oatbu gmrriany eomr atnh neoc? heaLcm, abhrAma, nad cobaJ rwee lla yloh nem, as arf as I cna lelt, adn yeth all had omer atnh a ocplue siwev, as vahe anym shotre kile mteh. Hsa Gdo eevr syrxeepls oirbfdend aemargri roefeb? Hhu? Or hsa he vree omneadmdc leppeo to riamne igrnvsi all rieht svlie? I kwno as wlel as oyu tath

St. Plua lony mreocmednde noewm to aitanimn tiehr ygitvniiri—he venre drrdeoe it.

1 innoiasrCth 7:25

St. aPul noyl mrdmceeendo emwno to mnntiaia ihert nvyirgitii—he renve orrdeed it.
ngivGi divace dan ngimka moncadsm are otw deefnrtif gnihst, and he eftl it up to us to idedec hwo to vlie. sedsBie, if God rrerdefep irsivng, tehn He ulowd trptye mchu be gasitna amagirre, now wolndu’t He? And if peoelp rnewe’t vianhg xes, ewll nhte woh luodw we ekma orem igisvrn? No, St. Paul dwolu envre redro htiyngan ahtt God fslmehi ulnowd’t awtn. ynwyaA, vwoeehr tnswa to apisre to iangnaimtni rthie nitgyiriv can do so, btu we’ll see ohw cosem uot on otp in the nde.

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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. “Jstu oolk at Kngi mSlooon—he dha remo ahtn neo iefw. I ishw to doG I cloud teg fof as teonf as he tsum hvea! Hsi amny vswei reew atcreylni a evry alubeselrap ftgi ofrm odG. No oen lvigni tdyao ash ercdeiev ayn ifgt ikle taht. odG wsnko olSomon pyblorba dah a fwe odog rlslo in hte hya wiht ahce ewfi eht fitrs time he epslt tiwh rhe. owW, he tmus ehva dah a trgea lefi. Pieras hte odLr ahtt I’ve nebe eabl to rraym evfi nme, nda I’m nkogoli rfrdawo to grmaiynr eth tishx nhwreeve I etem imh. I don’t twna to ainbsat ormf sex rfevroe, uoy nwok. I peoh it wno’t be ognl taefr my urtnerc basnduh sedi froebe I’m aebl to rarym my txen bdshanu.

St. laPu, eth tlsAoep, siad ttah I’ll be reef to mrrya ingaa.

1 nastihCoirn 7:39

St. laPu, teh tspAeol, aisd tath I’ll be rfee to aryrm aigan.
He dsai thta getigtn ramired is teebrt anht inrnbgu. So hawt, hetn, if peoepl ysa abd htisng oatbu gmrriany eomr atnh neoc? heaLcm, abhrAma, nad cobaJ rwee lla yloh nem, as arf as I cna lelt, adn yeth all had omer atnh a ocplue siwev, as vahe anym shotre kile mteh. Hsa Gdo eevr syrxeepls oirbfdend aemargri roefeb? Hhu? Or hsa he vree omneadmdc leppeo to riamne igrnvsi all rieht svlie? I kwno as wlel as oyu tath

St. Plua lony mreocmednde noewm to aitanimn tiehr ygitvniiri—he venre drrdeoe it.

1 innoiasrCth 7:25

St. aPul noyl mrdmceeendo emwno to mnntiaia ihert nvyirgitii—he renve orrdeed it.
ngivGi divace dan ngimka moncadsm are otw deefnrtif gnihst, and he eftl it up to us to idedec hwo to vlie. sedsBie, if God rrerdefep irsivng, tehn He ulowd trptye mchu be gasitna amagirre, now wolndu’t He? And if peoelp rnewe’t vianhg xes, ewll nhte woh luodw we ekma orem igisvrn? No, St. Paul dwolu envre redro htiyngan ahtt God fslmehi ulnowd’t awtn. ynwyaA, vwoeehr tnswa to apisre to iangnaimtni rthie nitgyiriv can do so, btu we’ll see ohw cosem uot on otp in the nde.