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Tori reverentia.

Reverence for the marital bed

Telle fut quelque fois du lict la reverence
Qu’apres estre levé on couvroit tellement
Qu’on eust dit ny avoir couché aucunement,
Tant bien on empeschoit qu’il ny eust apparence.
Cela fut observe d’une coustume sage
A celle fin de faire honneur au mariage.
O combien fut deceu le malheureux Candale
Monstrant sa femme nue à Gyges amoureux?[1]
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L8r p175]Combien plus un Chrestien doibt estre desireux
De ne suyvre un amour luxurieux & sale,
Et plustost maintenir l’antique honesteté,
Compagne tresfidele à la pudicité.


1.  Candaules, King of Lydia (8th/7th-century BC), was too proud of his wife and flaunted her in front of his officer, Gyges, daring him to view her naked. When he did she was enraged and demanded he be executed or take the throne from her husband, which he did. Herodotus, The Histories, 1.7-14. The wife is not named, though in some sources she is called Nyssia.

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