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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
George Herbert
 
83. Redemption
 
HAVING been tenant long to a rich Lord, 
      Not thriving, I resolved to be bold, 
      And make a suit unto him, to afford 
A new small-rented lease, and cancell th' old. 
  
In heaven at his manour I him sought:         5
      They told me there, that he was lately gone 
      About some land, which he had dearly bought 
Long since on earth, to take possession. 
  
I straight return'd, and knowing his great birth, 
      Sought him accordingly in great resorts;  10
      In cities, theatres, gardens, parks, and courts: 
At length I heard a ragged noise and mirth 
  
      Of theeves and murderers: there I him espied, 
      Who straight, Your suit is granted, said, & died. 
 
 
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