George Herbert


Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest

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When war begins, then hell opens.

Who doth his own business, fouls not his hands.

Who lets his wife go to every feast, and his horse drink at every water, shall neither have good wife nor good horse.

When children stand quiet, they have done some ill.

When you are an anvil hold you still; when you are a hammer strike your fill.

Who eats his cock alone must saddle his horse alone.

Who likes not the drink, God deprives him of bread.

When God at first made man, having a glass of blessings standing by, let us (said he) pour on him all we can: let the world's riches, which dispersèd lie, contract into a span.

When you enter into a house, leave the anger ever at the door.

Who eats the king's goose voids the feathers a hundred years after.

Who marks in church-time others’ symmetry, makes all their beauty his deformity.

When God is made the master of a family, he disorders the disorderly.

Where the drink goes in there the wit goes out.

Who fears to do ill sets himself a task; who fears to do well sure should wear a mask.

Who must account for himself and others, must know both.

When God will punish, He will first take away the understanding.

Where there is no honor, there is no grief.

Who follows all things forfeits his will.

Who pays the Physician, does the cure.

When God will, no wind but brings rain.

Where there is peace, God is.

Who gives to all, denies all.

Who plays for more than he can lose with pleasure, stakes his heart.

When it thunders, the thief becomes honest.

Where you think there is bacon, there is no Chimney.

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Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest