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(Mosley Joulp. Ye sovereign Wives.give ear and understand, Thus shäll ye speed and exercise Command.
Wife of Bath.
D EHOLD the woes of matrimonial life,
Christ saw a wedding once, the Scripture says,
But let them read, and solve me, if they can, The words address’d to the Samaritan :
Five times in lawful wedlock she was join'd; 15 And sure the certain stint was ne'er defin'd.
Encrease and multiply, was heav'n's command, And that's a text I clearly understand. This too, “Let men their fires and mothers leave, • And to their dearer wives for ever cleave.” 20 More wives than one by Solomon were try'd, Or else the wisest of mankind's bely’d. I've had myself full many a merry fit ; And trust in heav’n I may have many yet. For when my transitory spouse, unkind, 25). Shall die, and leave his woeful wife behind, I'll take the next good Christian I can find. J
Paul, knowing one could never serve,our turn, Declar'd 'twas better far to wed than burn. There's danger in assembling fire and tow; 30 I grant 'em that, and what it means you know. The fame Apostle too has elsewhere own'd, No precept for Virginity he found : 'Tis but a counsel—and we women still Take which we like, the counsel, or oyr will. 35
I envy, not their bliss, if he or she Think fit to live in perfect chastity; Pure let them be, and free from taint or vice; I, for a few slight spots, am not so nice.
Heav'n calls us diff'rent ways, on these bestows
Full many a Saint, lince first the world began,
Know then, of those five husbands I have had,