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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
George Herbert
 
89. Vertue
 
SWEET day, so cool, so calm, so bright, 
The bridall of the earth and skie: 
The dew shall weep thy fall to night; 
                    For thou must die. 
  
Sweet rose, whose hue angrie and brave         5
Bids the rash gazer wipe his eye: 
Thy root is ever in its grave, 
                    And thou must die. 
  
Sweet spring, full of sweet dayes and roses, 
A box where sweets compacted lie;  10
My musick shows ye have your closes, 
                    And all must die. 
  
Onely a sweet and vertuous soul, 
Like season'd timber, never gives; 
But though the whole world turn to coal,  15
                    Then chiefly lives. 
 
 
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