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can someone help me and tray to explain to me these lines from herbert's poem the pulley

Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlessness;

then these 3 lines

Let him be rich and weary, that at least,
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness
May toss him to my breast.”

and these lines

So strength first made a way,
Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honor, pleasure
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that, alone of all his treasure,
Rest in the bottom lay.

thank you:)

First:
God keeps the gift of rest, but people keep restlessness.

Second:
Man can be rich and tired. That being weary from life will bring him back to God if being good does not.

Third:
God gave these gifts to Man:
Strength;
Beauty,
Wisdom,
Honor, and
Pleasure.
Then God kept the last gift, Rest, and did not let man have it.

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