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Reverentiam in matrimonio requiri.

Respect is required in marriage

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Cým furit in Venerem pelagi se in littore sistit
Vipera, & ab stomacho dira venena vomit:
Muraenamque ciens, ingentia sibila tollit,
At subitů amplexus appetit illa viri.[1]
Maxima debetur thalamo reverentia, coniunx
Alternum debet coniugi & obsequium.

When the viper is sexually aroused, it stations itself on the seashore and ejects the dread poisons from its gut. To summon the moray eel, it raises a loud hissing, and suddenly she comes to the embrace of her mate. - Great reverence is owed to the marriage bed, and the partners owe each other mutual respect.

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Ehr erbietung in der ee zu halten.

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Wan die schlang der lieb hitz empfindt,
Kumbt sy bald glauffen an das mehr,
Legt erst alls gifft von yr geschwind,
Und ruefft darnach der Lampre her,
Die dann mit ir laycht on beschwer.
Eelicher stand merck dises wol,
Darinn man sonder zucht und ehr
Gegen ein ander halten sol.

Notes:

1.For the mating of the viper with the moray eel, see Pliny, Natural History 9.39.76; Aelian, De natura animalium 1.50; 9.66. The viper spits out the poison in order to be gentle and safe for the union.


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