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WRIGHT'S CHASTE WIFE.
Mr C. H. Pearson has supplied me with the immediate original of this story. He says, “The Wright's Chaste Wife is a reproduction of one of the Gesta Romanorum, cap. 69, de Castitate, ed. Keller. The Latin story begins, Gallus regnavit prudens valde.' The Carpenter gets a shirt with his wife, which is never to want washing unless one of them is unfaithful. The lovers are three Knights (milites), and they are merely kept on bread and water, not made to work ; nor is any wife introduced to see her Lord's discomfiture. The English version, therefore, is much quainter and fuller of incident than its original. But the ‘morality' of the Latin story is rich beyond description. The wife is holy Mother Church,' 'the carpenter is the good Christian,' the shirt is our Faith, because, as the apostle says, it is impossible to please God without faith.' The Wright's work typifies the building up the pure heart by the works of mercy.' The three Knights are “the pride of life, the lust of the eyes, and the lust of the flesh.' «These you must shut up in the chamber of penance till you get an eternal reward from the eternal King.' 'Let us therefore pray God,' &c.”
The Babees Booli.
(Accidentally omitted from the Volume.)
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KNIGHT KNOCKING AT A Door. 15th Century MS. of the French translation of Valerius Maximus,
Imp. Lib. Paris, No. 6984. Wright, p. 361.
RECEIVING A STRANGER. MS. of Launcelot, 14th
RECEIVING A GUEST. Harl, MS. 1527.
A.D. 1250-60. Wright, p. 332.
WASHING BEFORE DINNER. Imp. Lib. Paris, MS. No. 6988. “Livre de la Vie Humaine." Wright, p. 156.