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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
The Quip
By George Herbert (1593–1633)
 
THE MERRY World did on a day
With his train-bands and mates agree
To meet together where I lay,
And all in sport to jeer at me.
 
First Beauty crept into a rose,        5
Which when I pluckt not, ‘Sir,’ said she,
‘Tell me, I pray, whose hands are those?’
But Thou shalt answer, Lord, for me.
 
Then Money came, and chinking still,
‘What tune is this, poor man?’ said he:        10
‘I heard in Music you had skill;’
But Thou shalt answer, Lord, for me.
 
Then came brave Glory puffing by
In silks that whistled, who but he!
He scarce allow’d me half an eye;        15
But Thou shalt answer, Lord, for me.
 
Then came quick Wit and Conversation,
And he would needs a comfort be,
And, to be short, make an oration:
But Thou shalt answer, Lord, for me.        20
 
Yet when the hour of Thy design
To answer these fine things shall come,
Speak not at large; say, I am Thine,
And then they have their answer home.
 
 
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