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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
George Herbert
 
87. The Church-floore
 
MARK you the floore? that square & speckled stone, 
                Which looks so firm and strong, 
                              Is Patience: 
  
And th' other black and grave, wherewith each one 
              Is checker'd all along,         5
                              Humilitie: 
  
The gentle rising, which on either hand 
                Leads to the Quire above, 
                              Is Confidence: 
  
But the sweet cement, which in one sure band  10
               Ties the whole frame, is Love 
                              And Charitie. 
  
      Hither sometimes Sinne steals, and stains 
      The marbles neat and curious veins: 
But all is cleansed when the marble weeps.  15
      Sometimes Death, puffing at the doore, 
      Blows all the dust about the floore: 
But while he thinks to spoil the room, he sweeps. 
      Blest be the Architect, whose art 
      Could build so strong in a weak heart.  20
 
 
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