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The previous post in this series may be found here: https://memoirandremains.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/anne-bradstreet-meditations-3/


A ship that bears much sail,

and little or no ballast

             is easily overset;

and that man whose head hath great abilities,

and his heart little or no grace,

              is in danger of foundering.


Overset: turned over, hence, sinking.

Foundering: crashing against the rocks, sinking, disabled.