For many guardians, one of their many roles was to "beat the Devil" out of wayward children, an idea probably stemming from the popular "biblical" quotation (actually a line from Samuel Butler's satiric rhyme of 1664):
"Love is a boy by poets styled
Then spare the rod, and spoil the child."
--Samuel Butler (1664)
1. Jim Hill, Rand Cheadle
The Bible Tells Me So : Uses and Abuses of Holy Scripture
Books of the Bible
Solar Mythology and the Jesus Story