Thomas Brooks, 1670, London’s Lamentations, The Epistle Dedicatory:
Psalm 101:8, “Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the Lord.” That is, “I will quickly do it.” Justice should be on the wing; delays are very dangerous and injurious: Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” The Hebrew word which is here rendered “deferred,” signifies to “draw out at length.” Men are short-breathed and short-spirited, and when their hopes are drawn out at length, this makes their hearts sick. And, ah! what a world of such sick souls lies languishing at hope’s hospital all the world over. Hope in the text is put for the good things hoped for. Now when the good things men hope for, be it justice or a quick decision, etc., are deferred and delayed, this makes the poor client sick at heart. A lingering hope always breeds in the heart a lingering consumption; the harder travail hope has, and the more strongly it labors to bring forth. The longer hope is deferred and delayed, the more deadly sick the client grows.