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Friday, 18 September 2015

All Maried Men Desire to Have Good Wifes by Anne Southwell with modernised version by Horace Jeffery Hodges

All.maried.men.desire.to.have good wifes:
but.few.give good example.by thir lives
They are owr head they wodd have us thir heles.
this makes the good wife kick the good man reles.
When god brought Eve to Adam for a bride
the text sayes she was taene from out mans side
A.simbole of that side, whose sacred bloud.
flowed for his spowse, the Churches savinge good.
This is a.misterie, perhaps too deepe.
for blockish Adam that was falen a sleepe.

All Married Men Desire to Have Good Wives by Anne Southwell (modernised by Horace Jeffery Hodges)

All married men desire to have good wives,
but few give good example by their lives.
They are our head; they would have us their heels.
This makes the good wife kick, the good man reels.
When God brought Eve to Adam for a bride,
the text says she was taken from out man’s side,
a symbol of that side, whose sacred blood
flowed for his spouse, the church’s saving good.
This is a mystery, perhaps too deep,
for blockish Adam that was fallen asleep.

From: Longfellow, Erica, Women and Religious Writing in Early Modern England, 2004, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, p. 1 and p. 119.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=n2MxAOp6bxEC)
(http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com.au/2010/03/lady-anne-southwell-all-maried-men.html)

Date: c1600 (original); 2010 (modernised)

By: Anne Southwell (1574-1636)

Modernised by: Horace Jeffery Hodges (19??- )

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