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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Sin
By George Herbert (1593–1633)
 
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;        5
  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;        10
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.
 
 
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