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First Line: How much, preventing god! How much I owe
Last Line: Had not these me against myself defended.
Subject(s): Holidays; Thanksgiving

How much, Preventing God! how much I owe
To the defences thou hast round me set:
Example, custom, fear, occasion slow; --
These scorned bondmen were my parapet.
I dare not peep over this parapet,
To gauge with glance the roaring gulf below,
The depths of sin to which I had descended,
Had not these me against myself defended.

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