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W IFE of BAT H.
CH A U CE R.
BEHOLD the woes of matrimonial life,
And hear with rev’rence an experienc'd wife!
Christ saw a wedding once, the Scripture says, And saw but one, 'tis thought, in all his days; Whence some infer, whose conscience is too nice, No pious Christian ought to marry twice.
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.
“ Let men their fires and mothers leave, " And to their dearer wives for ever cleave." More wives than one by Solomon were try'd, Or else the wiseft of mankind's bely'd. I've had myself full many a merry fit; And trust in heav'n I may have many yeti
For when my transitory spouse, unkind,
Paul, knowing one could never serve our turn,
I envy not their bliss, if he or she
Full many a Saint, since first the world began;
Know then, of those five husbands I have had;