Oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths;
Win us with honest trifles, to betray us
In deepest consequence.
SHAKS.: _Macbeth,_ Act i., Sc. 3.
'Tis the temptation of the devil
That makes all human actions evil;
For saints may do the same things by
The spirit, in sincerity,
Which other men are tempted to,
And at the devil's instance do:
And yet the actions be contrary,
Just as the saints and wicked vary.
BUTLER: _Hudibras,_ Pt. ii., Canto ii., Line 233.
Safe from temptation, safe from sin's pollution,
She lives whom we call dead.