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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
George Herbert
 
95. Love
 
LOVE bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back, 
                Guiltie of dust and sinne. 
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack 
                From my first entrance in, 
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,         5
                If I lack'd any thing. 
  
A guest, I answer'd, worthy to be here: 
                Love said, you shall be he. 
I the unkinde, ungratefull? Ah my deare, 
                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, sayes Love, who bore the blame?  15
                My deare, then I will serve. 
You must sit down, sayes Love, and taste my meat: 
                So I did sit and eat. 
 
 
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