And herein truly lies the difference
Of natural and gracious penitence:
The first transferreth and extenuates
The guilt, which the other owns and aggravates.
While sin is but regarded slight and small
It makes the value of rich mercy fall.
But as our crimes seem greater in our eyes,
So doth our grateful sense of pardon rise.
From Canto 5: Order and Disorder by Lucy Hutchinson (1620–1681)
Comment on Genesis 3
Autumn in the Penicuik House Estate