He draws a distinction between the Germanes and the Brahmins on the subject of continency, the Brahmins being polygamists.
The public morals are insecure till the family is chastely planted, the state guarded by the continency of its male members.
Ay, but by your own virtue and continency that matter of fact is all his own doing.
By continency verily are we bound up and brought back into One, whence we were dissipated into many.
Verily Thou enjoinest me continency from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the ambition of the world.
It is difficult to believe that the free men deprived of women were all gifted with the virtue of continency.
On the other hand, the "gift of continency" he did not possess, or trouble himself to acquire.
late 14c., "self-restraint," from Old French continence (14c.), from Latin continentia "a holding back, repression," from continent-, present participle stem of continere (see continent). Especially of sexual desire from late 14c.; of the body's eliminatory functions, from 1915. Related: Continency.
continence con·ti·nence (kŏn'tə-nəns)
Voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge.
Partial or complete abstention from sexual activity.