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The previous post in this series may be found here: https://memoirandremains.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/anne-bradstreet-a-ship-that-bears-much-sail/

It is reported of the peacock that priding himself in his gay feathers, he ruffles them up; but, spying his black feet, he soon lets fall his plumes.

So he that glories in his gifts and adornings should look upon his corruptions, and that will dampen his high thoughts.