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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
George Herbert
 
88. The Windows
 
LORD, how can man preach thy eternall word? 
        He is a brittle crazie glasse: 
Yet in thy temple thou dost him afford 
        This glorious and transcendent place, 
        To be a window, through thy grace.         5
  
But when thou dost anneal in glasse thy storie, 
        Making thy life to shine within 
The holy Preachers; then the light and glorie 
        More rev'rend grows, & more doth win; 
        Which else shows watrish, bleak, & thin.  10
  
Doctrine and life, colours and light, in one 
        When they combine and mingle, bring 
A strong regard and aw: but speech alone 
        Doth vanish like a flaring thing, 
        And in the eare, not conscience ring.  15
 
 
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