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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
George Herbert
 
90. Life
 
I MADE a posie, while the day ran by: 
Here will I smell my remnant out, and tie 
            My life within this band. 
But time did becken to the flowers, and they 
By noon most cunningly did steal away,         5
            And wither'd in my hand. 
  
My hand was next to them, and then my heart: 
I took, without more thinking, in good part 
            Times gentle admonition: 
Who did so sweetly deaths sad taste convey,  10
Making my minde to smell my fatall day; 
            Yet sugring the suspicion. 
  
Farewell deare flowers, sweetly your time ye spent, 
Fit, while ye liv'd, for smell or ornament, 
            And after death for cures.  15
I follow straight without complaints or grief, 
Since if my sent be good, I care not, if 
            It be as short as yours. 
 
 
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