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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Love
By George Herbert (1593–1633)
 
LOVE bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,
          Guilty of lust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
          From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning        5
          “If I lacked 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 marred 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.
 
 
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