George Herbert


Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest

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Who hath a Wolfe for his mate, needs a Dog for his man.

Who say, I care not, those I give for lost; and to instruct them, ’twill not quit the cost.

When once thy foot enters the church, be bare. God is more there than thou: for thou art there only by his permission. Then beware, that leads from earth to heaven.

Whether goest, griefe? Where I am wont.

Who hath bitter in his mouth, spits not all sweet.

Who says that fiction only and false hair become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty? Is all good structure in a winding stair?

When one is on horseback He knows all things.

Whether I fly with angels, fall with dust, Thy hands made both, and I am there.

Who hath no hast in his business, mountains to him seem valleys.

Who spits against heaven, it falls in his face.

When prayers are done, my Lady is ready.

Whether shall the oxe go, where he shall not labor?

Who hath no head, needs no heart.

Who sweeps a room, as for Thy laws, makes that and the action fine.

When the Foxe preacheth, beware geese.

Whether you boil snow or pound it, you can have but water of it.

Who hath no more bread then need, must not keep a dog.

Who will make a door of gold must knock a nail every day.

When the tree is fallen, all go with their hatchet.

While the discreet advise, the fool doth his business.

Who hath none to still him, may weep out his eyes.

When them dost tell another's jest, therein omit the oaths which true wit cannot need; pick out of tales the mirth, but not the sin; he pares his apple that will cleanly feed.

Who aims at the sky shoots higher much than he that means a tree.

Who is so deaf, as he that will not hear?

When thou dost purpose ought within thy power, be sure to do it, though it be but small.

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Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest