Of domesticall duties eight treatises. I. An exposition of that part of Scripture out of which domesticall duties are raised. ... VIII. Duties of masters. By William Gouge.
Gouge, William, 1578-1653.

§. 11. Of husbands and wiues mutuall hatred contrary to loue.

There is a generation of so crabbed and crooked a disposi∣tion * as they cannot loue, but rather hate one another because they are man and wife: for many husbands hauing wiues, and wiues husbands euery way worthy to be loued, will not∣withstanding say to the astonishment of the hearers, I haue indeed a good husband, or I haue a good wife: but I cannot loue him, or I cannot loue her: and being deman∣ded a reason, sticke not openly and impudently to reply, I thinke I could loue him if he were not mine husband, or I thinke I could loue her if she were not my wife. O more then monstrous impudencie! Is not this directly to oppose against Gods ordinance, and against that order which he hath set betwixt man and woman? Is it not to trample vnder foot Gods fauour? Though there were nothing else to moue loue but this, that such an one is thine hus∣band, or such an one is thy wife, yet this should be motiue enough. And shall this be the ground of thine hatred? Assuredly such a spirit is a plaine diabolicall spirit, contra∣ry to that spirit which is from aboue; and if it be not Page  228 cast out, it will cast those whom it possesseth into the fire of hell.