But, alas! We are poor creatures-
prone to wander,
prone to admire our gourds,
cleave to our cisterns,
and think of building tabernacles,
and taking our rest in this polluted world.
Hence the Lord often sees it necessary,
in mercy to his children,
to embitter their sweets,
to break their cisterns,
send a worm to their gourds,
and draw a dark cloud over their pleasing prospects.