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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
George Herbert
 
86. Jordan
 
WHO sayes that fictions onely and false hair 
Become a verse? Is there in truth no beautie? 
Is all good structure in a winding stair? 
May no lines passe, except they do their dutie 
    Not to a true, but painted chair?         5
  
Is it no verse, except enchanted groves 
And sudden arbours shadow course-spunne lines? 
Must purling streams refresh a lovers loves? 
Must all be vail'd, while he that reades, divines, 
    Catching the sense at two removes?  10
  
Shepherds are honest people; let them sing: 
Riddle who list, for me, and pull for Prime: 
I envie no mans nightingale or spring; 
Nor let them punish me with losse of ryme, 
    Who plainly say, My God, My King.  15
 
 
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