George Herbert


Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest

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Water, fire, and soldiers quickly make room.

Welcome evil, if thou comest alone

When all men have what belongs to them, it cannot be much.

Thursday come, and the week's gone.

To a greedy eating horse a short halter.

To steal the hog, and give the feet to alms.

Thou that hast given so much to me give me one thing more, a grateful heart: not thankful when it pleaseth me, as if Thy blessings had spare days, but such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.

Thy friend put in thy bosom; wear his eyes still in thy heart that he may see what’s there. If cause require, thou art his sacrifice…. But love is lost; the way of friendship’s gone.

To be too busy gets contempt.

To take the nuts from the fire with the dog's foot.

Though a lie be well dressed, it is ever overcome.

Tie up thy fears. He that forbears to suit and serve his need deserves his load.

To bee beloved is above all bargains.

To the counsel of fools a wooden bell.

Though God take the sun out of the Heaven, yet we must have patience.

Time is the rider that breaks youth.

To buy deare is not bounty.

To weep for joy is a kind of Manna.

Though old and wise, yet still advise.

Time undermines us.

To deceive one’s self is very easy.

To what they know best entice all neatly; for so thou dost thyself and him a pleasure.

Though punishment be slow, still it comes.

'Tis easier to build two chimneys, then to maintain one.

To fine folks a little ill finely wrapped.

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Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest