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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
Man’s Great Enemy
XXXI. William Hall
 
SATHAN 1 did tempt our parents first of all,
And the forbidden fruite caus’d them to eate,
Eating this fruite it broughts all into thrall;
Our misery no tongue can halfe repeate:
  Deceiuer-like, hee said, Yee shall not dye,        5
  To which they condescended willingly,
 
And eate the fruite forbidden of the Lord:
Hee first vnto the woman did it giue,
Shee to her husband; thus with one accord
Both sure of death, though promised to liue:        10
  By his inticements hee them both allured,
  By which he them eternall woe procured.
 
Against the feebler sex his rage is showne;
The woman he did first of all attempt;
Thus his deceit was at the first made knowne;        15
Yet from seducing he would not exempt,
  Nor free himself, but, like an old deceiuer,
  Of soule and bodie’s good hee’s a bereauer.
 
Hee’s alwayes ready for to lay his baites,
To catch all silly soules, and to insnare        20
Them in his subtil and deceiuing slight;
For to withstand him then we must prepare;
  We cannot him resist doe what we can;
  Help vs, Lorde, for vaine is the helpe of man.
 
Note 1. XXXI. William Hall.—He wrote “Mortalitie’s Meditation; or, a Description of Sinne: with a definition and plaine setting forth of Man’s three chiefest and greatest enemies; to wit, the World, the Flesh, and the Divill. 1624.” [back]
 
 
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