George Herbert


Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest

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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.

There is a remedy for everything, could men find it.

They that hold the greatest farms, pay the least rent (applyed to rich men that are unthankful to God).

There is an hour wherein a man might be happy all his life, could he find it.

They that know one another salute a far off.

There is great force hidden in a gentle command.

Thine own worm be not: yet such jealousy, as hurts not others, but may make thee better, is a good spur.

There is more talk then trouble.

Things all are big with jest; nothing that’s plain but may be witty, if thou hast the vein … many affecting wit beyond their power, have got to be a dear fool for an hour.

There is no body will go to hell for company.

Things well fitted abide.

The Wolfe knows, what the ill beast thinks.

There is no heat of affection but is joined with some idleness of brain, says the Spaniard.

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Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest