George Herbert


Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest

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Willows are weak, yet they bind other wood.

Wood half-burnt is easily kindled.

You must lose a fly to catch a trout.

Wine ever pays for his loading.

Words and feathers the wind carries away.

You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat. So I did sit and eat.

Wine makes all sorts of creatures at table.

Words are women, deeds are men.

You must strike in measure, when there are many to strike on one Anvil.

Wine that cost nothing is digested before it be drunk.

Working and making a fire doth discretion require.

Your pot broken seems better than my whole one.

Wine-Counsels seldom prosper.

Would you know what money is, go borrow some.

Your thoughts close, and your countenance loose.

Wisdom picks friends; civility plays the rest; a toy shunn’d cleanly passeth with the best.

Wouldst thou both eat they cake and have it?

Youth may make even with the year; but age, if it will hit, shoots a bow short, and lessens still his stake, as the day lessens, and his life with it.

Wisdom’s a trimmer thing than shop e’er gave.

Wouldst thou unlock the door to cold despair and knowing pensiveness?

Wisedom hath one foot on Land, and another on Sea.

Write, so much given to god; thou shalt be heard.

Wit’s an unruly engine, wildly striking sometimes a friend, sometimes the engineer: hast thou the knack? Pamper it not with liking; but if thou want it, buy it not too dear.

Yet Lord restore thine image, hear my call: and though my hard heart scare to tHe can groan, remember that thou once didst write in stone.

With custom we live well, but Laws undo us.

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Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest