God loveth the clean.
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are
more deadly in the long run.
The doctrines of religion are resolved into carefulness;
carefulness into vigorousness; vigorousness into guiltlessness;
guiltlessness into abstemiousness; abstemiousness into
cleanliness; cleanliness into godliness.
For cleanness of body was ever esteemed to proceed from a due
reverence to God, to society, and to ourselves.
If dirt was trumps, what hands you would hold!
Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. "Cleanliness is indeed next
I'll follow, as they say, for reward. He that rewards me, God
reward him. If I do grow great, I'll grow less; for I'll purge,
and leave sack, and live cleanly, as a nobleman should do.
Then bless thy secret growth, nor catch
At noise, but thrive unseen and dumb;
Keep clean, be as fruit, earn life, and watch,
Till the white-wing'd reapers come.
He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith.
All will come out in the washing.
[Sp., Todo saldra en al colada.]
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