So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves.

Exodus 1:13 

The world and their infernal god 

Have ruled us with an iron rod, 

And long our slavish souls have been 

Galled by the rigorous yoke of sin: 

Yet drudging on with abject fear 

We served our haughty lords severe, 

And hardly daring to complain, 

We kissed the rod, and hugged the chain. 

– Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley’s Short Hymns on Select Passages of the Holy Scriptures (1762) 

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