Let us use worldly things
(George Downame, 1560-1634)
Let us use worldly things — as wise pilgrims do their staves and other necessities for their journey. So long as they help us forward in our way — let us make use of them, and accordingly esteem them. But if they become troublesome hindrances and cumbersome burdens — let us leave them behind us, or cast them away!
The temptations of prosperity, like unseen bullets — wound and kill us before they are discerned.
Riches are . . .
long in getting — with much pains,
hard in keeping — with much care,
quick in losing — with more sorrow.
(Thomas Fuller, 1608-1661)