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Sunday, May 2, 2010


Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright!
The bridal of the earth and sky;
The dew shall weep thy fall tonight;
For thou must die.

Sweet rose, whose hue angry and brave
Bids the rash gazer wipe his eye,
Thy root is ever in its grave,
And thou must die.

Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses,
A box where sweets compacted lie,
My music shows ye have your closes,
And all must die.

Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
Like season’d timber, never gives;
But though the whole world turn to coal,
Then chiefly lives.

~ George Herbert (1593-1633), English clergyman and poet, one of the Metaphysical poets like John Donne and Andrew Marvell; the work of these lyric poets displayed a subtlety of thought and fanciful imagery and often used one surprising metaphor to bring together two very different ideas

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