[3a.14] CONCERNING EXCHANGE.
[3a.15] IN THE NAME OF THE HOLY AND INDIVIDUAL TRINITY. I, G.1 abbot of Meaux.
[3a.16] Because the outcome of human affairs is uncertain and fortune falls easily on either side, reason teaches that we should not only regard the present, but we should also prudently measure the end of things, because we are installed in that position where it befits us to look far off to the future fortunes of the church.
[3a.17] Since this property requires an exchange--although it is still not in danger, yet because it is near to danger--having taken diligent consideration we have ordered them exchanged, so that an occasion for sinning be withdrawn from the unfaithful and the tranquillity of peace by augmented for the faithful and so that an undisturbed security of possessing be granted to both parties. Thus because there is a double utility to this transaction, justice smiles on it, charity consents to it and equity rejoices in it.
[3a.18] Then the names of the witnesses are inserted and added to the charter: Thus, because the action of this exchange has been so solemnly celebrated, so rationally contracted and so necessary to both parties, by the authority in which we have acted, we order that none of the successors should dare to repeal or withdraw this exchange. But if he does, he shall incur the wrath of the Almighty God and his portion shall be with the hypocrites, nor shall he have a share in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
1 Not identified. Abbots of Rebais: Natalis (1133-1145), Bricius (1145-1173), Petrus (1177-1188); abbots of S. Faro: Fromundus (1127), Andreas (1138, 1140), Lambertus (1152-1178). See above Aurea Gemma <Gallica> 1.4, 1.21, 1.26.
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