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kiss the rod

From a poem by a seventeenth-century poet known only as "Eliza," who writes throughout her collection of poems, Eliza's Babes: or The Virgins-Offering (London, 1652), in the persona of Christ's bride:
But why do I complain of thee?
'Cause thou'rt the Rod that scourgeth mee?
But if a good child I will bee,
I'le kiss the Rod, and honour thee.