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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
Love

George Herbert (1593–1633)
 
LOVE 1 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 lack’d 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 marr’d 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.
 
Note 1. Geo. Herbert. Love. The last poem in ‘The Temple’. [back]
 
 
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