In the First Reading Moses begged God not to destroy the Israelites for their being unfaithful to him. In the poem "Decay" written in 1630 by the English priest George Herbert there is a reference to this. You might appreciate hearing this beautiful poem.
Sweet were the days when thou didst lodge with Lot,
Struggle with Jacob. sit with Gideon,
Advise with Abraham, when thy power could not
Encounter Moses strong complaints and moan;
Thy word were then, Let me alone.
One might have sought and found thee presently
At some fair oak, or bush, or cave, or well.
Is my Lord this way: No they would reply.
He is to Sinai gone, as we heard tell.
List, ye may hear great Aaron's bell.
But now thou dost thy self immure and close
In some one corner of a feeble heart
Where yet both Sinne nd Satan, thy old foes,
Do pinch and strainten thee and use much art
To gain thy thirds and little part
I see the world grows old, when as the heat
Of thy great love once spread, as in an urn
Doth closet up it self, and still retreat,
Cold Sinne still forcing it, till it return,
And calling, Justice, all things burn.