(ML) - Wisdom's Delight in Marriage Love: Followed by Insanity’s Pleasure in Promiscuous Love

ML 501

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The lusts treated of in the following four chapters are not merely lusts of adultery, they are more grievous, for they Come only from adulteries, being taken up after adulteries have become loathsome. Thus, until then, the lust of defloration, which is first to be treated of, cannot have its rise with any one, and this is equally true of the lust of variety, the lust of violation, and the lust of seducing innocences, to be treated of in what follows. They are called lusts because, according to the measure and nature of the lust for them, such is the measure and nature of their appropriation. As specifically regards the lust of defloration, to give clear conviction that it is a shameful thing, this shall be made manifest from the following propositions in their order:
I. The state of a virgin or undeflowered woman before marriage and after marriage.
II. That virginity is the crown of chastity and the token of conjugial love.
III. That defloration without the end of marriage is the shameful deed of a robber.
IV. That after death the lot of those who have confirmed themselves in the lust of defloration as not being an evil of sin, is grievous.
The explanation of the above now follows:


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