Gargantua and Pantagruel eBook

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good liking.  My friend, quoth Hippothadee, take my words in the sense wherein I meant them, and do not misinterpret me.  When I tell you,—­If it please God,—­do I to you any wrong therein?  Is it an ill expression?  Is it a blaspheming clause or reserve any way scandalous unto the world?  Do not we thereby honour the Lord God Almighty, Creator, Protector, and Conserver of all things?  Is not that a mean whereby we do acknowledge him to be the sole giver of all whatsoever is good?  Do not we in that manifest our faith that we believe all things to depend upon his infinite and incomprehensible bounty, and that without him nothing can be produced, nor after its production be of any value, force, or power, without the concurring aid and favour of his assisting grace?  Is it not a canonical and authentic exception, worthy to be premised to all our undertakings?  Is it not expedient that what we propose unto ourselves be still referred to what shall be disposed of by the sacred will of God, unto which all things must acquiesce in the heavens as well as on the earth?  Is not that verily a sanctifying of his holy name?  My friend, you shall not be a cuckold, if it please God, nor shall we need to despair of the knowledge of his good will and pleasure herein, as if it were such an abstruse and mysteriously hidden secret that for the clear understanding thereof it were necessary to consult with those of his celestial privy council, or expressly make a voyage unto the empyrean chamber where order is given for the effectuating of his most holy pleasures.  The great God hath done us this good, that he hath declared and revealed them to us openly and plainly, and described them in the Holy Bible.  There will you find that you shall never be a cuckold, that is to say, your wife shall never be a strumpet, if you make choice of one of a commendable extraction, descended of honest parents, and instructed in all piety and virtue—­such a one as hath not at any time haunted or frequented the company or conversation of those that are of corrupt and depraved manners, one loving and fearing God, who taketh a singular delight in drawing near to him by faith and the cordial observing of his sacred commandments—­and finally, one who, standing in awe of the Divine Majesty of the Most High, will be loth to offend him and lose the favourable kindness of his grace through any defect of faith or transgression against the ordinances of his holy law, wherein adultery is most rigorously forbidden and a close adherence to her husband alone most strictly and severely enjoined; yea, in such sort that she is to cherish, serve, and love him above anything, next to God, that meriteth to be beloved.  In the interim, for the better schooling of her in these instructions, and that the wholesome doctrine of a matrimonial duty may take the deeper root in her mind, you must needs carry yourself so on your part, and your behaviour is to be such, that you are to go before her in a good example, by entertaining
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