George Herbert Quotes

Who says that fictions only and false hair Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty? Is all good structure in a winding stair? May no lines pass, except they do their duty Not to a true, but painted chair?
George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet, clergyman. repr. In The Works of George Herbert, ed. Helen Gardner (1961). Jordan (I), st. 1, The Temple (1633). The Winding Stair was the title of a volume of verse by W.B. Yeats (1933).
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Farewell deare flowers, sweetly your time ye spent, Fit, while ye liv'd, for smell or ornament, And after death for cures. I follow straight without complaints or grief, Since if my sent be good, I care not, if It be as short as yours.
George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. Life (l. 13-18). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
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"You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:" So I did sit and eat.
George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet, clergyman. repr. In The Works of George Herbert, ed. Helen Gardner (1961). Love, st. 3, The Temple (1633).
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Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack From my first entrance in, Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning, If I lacked any thing.
George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. Love (l. 1-6). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
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Each part may call the furthest, brother: For head with foot hath private amitie, And both with moons and tides.
George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. Man (l. 16-18). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
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Man is ev'ry thing, And more:
George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. Man (l. 7-8). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
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Reason and speech we onely bring.
George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. Man (l. 10). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
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Man is all symmetrie, Full of proportions, one limbe to another,
George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. Man (l. 13-14). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
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virtue lies therein, A secret virtue bringing peace and mirth By flight of sin.
George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. Peace (l. 34-36). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
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Take of this grain, which in my garden grows,
George Herbert (1593-1633), British poet. Peace (l. 37). . . The Complete English Poems [George Herbert]. John Tobin, ed. (1991) Penguin Books.
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