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Lord, with what care hast thou begirt us round!
          Parents first season us: then schoolmasters
          Deliver us to laws; they send us bound
To rules of reason, holy messengers,
Pulpits and Sundays, sorrow dogging sin,
          Afflictions sorted, anguish of all sizes,
          Fine nets and stratagems to catch us in,
Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,
Blessings beforehand, ties of gratefulness,
          The sound of glory ringing in our ears;
          Without, our shame; within, our consciences;
Angels and grace, eternal hopes and fears.
          Yet all these fences and their whole array
          One cunning bosom-sin blows quite away.


by George Herbert 1593-1633
source: The Poetical Works Of George Herbert, ed. George Gilfillan. Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1853

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