I threatned to observe the strict decree
Of my dear God with all my power and might.
But I was told by one, it could not be.
Yet I might trust in God to be my light.
Then I will trust, said I, in him alone.
Nay, ev'n to trust in him, was also his:
We must confess, that nothing is our own.
Then I confess that he my succour is:
But to have nought is ours, not to confess
That we have nought. I stood amaz'd at this,
Much troubled, till I heard a friend express,
That all things were more ours by being his.
What Adam had, and forfeited for all,
Christ keepeth now, who cannot fail or fall.
- George Herbert