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Offline t k

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---- the poor abuses of all times want countenance
« on: March 15, 2019, 03:41:24 am »
How easy was it to quote and follow them in an age when few reasonable men or women doubted that every syllable of the Old Testament was taken down verbatim from the mouth of God.  Moreover, Puritanism restricted natural pleasures; it substituted the Jeremiad for the Pćan, and it forgot that the poor abuses of all times want countenance.  (from THE WAY OF ALL FLESH, by Samuel Butler; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "the poor abuses of all times want countenance".  Does it mean "the poor abuses [of children by parents] of all times are due to lack of self-control"?  Thanks.  --- tk

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Re: ---- the poor abuses of all times want countenance
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2019, 10:35:35 am »
No. We have to remember things that brought us [innocent] pleasure [even if they were not described n the bible].
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Re: ---- the poor abuses of all times want countenance
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 03:33:56 am »
Thanks, Duncan, but I need some more explanation to be able to link the words and your interpretation, please.  Thanks again.  --- tk