Joseph Hall (1574-1656): It is neither weak nor uncomely, for an old man to weep for the sins of his youth

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“As there is nothing sooner dry, than a tear; so there is nothing sooner out of season, than worldly sorrow: which, if it be fresh and still bleeding, finds some to comfort and pity it; if stale and skinned over with time, is rather entertained with smiles than commiseration: But the sorrow of repentance comes never out of time. All times are alike unto that Eternity, whereto we make our spiritual moans: that which is past, that which is future, are both present with him. It is neither weak nor uncomely, for an old man to weep for the sins of his youth. Those tears can never be shed too soon, or too late.”

– Joseph Hall (1574-1656), Holy Observations I, in Works, Vol. 6, p. 82