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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
218. Love
 
George Herbert (1593–1633)
 
 
LOVE bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,
  Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
  From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning        5
  If I lacked anything.
 
‘A guest,’ I answered, ‘worthy to be here:’
  Love said, ‘You shall be he.’
‘I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
  I cannot look on Thee.’        10
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
  ‘Who made the eyes but I?’
 
‘Truth, Lord; but I have marred them: let my shame
  Go where it doth deserve.’
‘And know you not,’ says Love, ‘Who bore the blame?’        15
  ‘My dear, then I will serve.’
‘You must sit down,’ says Love, ‘and taste my meat.’
  So I did sit and eat.
 

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