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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: II. Life
Life
George Herbert (1593–1633)
 
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 beckon to the flowers, and they
By noon most cunningly did steal away,        5
            And withered in my hand.
 
My hand was next to them, and then my heart;
I took, without more thinking, in good part
            Time’s gentle admonition;
Who did so sweetly death’s sad taste convey,        10
Making my minde to smell my fatall day,
            Yet sug’ring the suspicion.
 
Farewell, dear flowers! sweetly your time ye spent;
Fit, while ye lived, for smell or ornament,
            And after death for cures.        15
I follow straight without complaints or grief;
Since, if my scent be good, I care not if
            It be as short as yours.
 
 
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