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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
George Herbert
 
93. Aaron
 
        HOLINESSE on the head, 
    Light and perfections on the breast, 
Harmonious bells below, raising the dead 
    To leade them unto life and rest. 
        Thus are true Aarons drest.         5
  
        Profanenesse in my head, 
    Defects and darknesse in my breast, 
A noise of passions ringing me for dead 
    Unto a place where is no rest. 
        Poore priest thus am I drest.  10
  
        Onely another head 
    I have, another heart and breast, 
Another musick, making live not dead, 
    Without whom I could have no rest: 
        In him I am well drest.  15
  
        Christ is my onely head, 
    My alone onely heart and breast, 
My onely musick, striking me ev'n dead; 
    That to the old man I may rest, 
        And be in him new drest.  20
  
        So holy in my head, 
    Perfect and light in my deare breast, 
My doctrine tun'd by Christ, (who is not dead, 
    But lives in me while I do rest) 
        Come people; Aaron 's drest.  25
 
 
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