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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Pulley
By George Herbert (1593–1633)
 
        WHEN God at first made man,
Having a glass of blessings standing by,—
  “Let us,” said he, “pour on him all we can:
Let the world’s riches, which dispersed lie,
        Contract into a span.”        5
 
        So Strength first made a way;
Then Beauty flowed, then Wisdom, Honor, Pleasure:
  When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that alone of all his treasure
        Rest in the bottom lay.        10
 
        “For if I should,” said he,
“Bestow this jewel also on my creature,
  He would adore my gifts instead of me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature:
        So both should losers be.        15
 
        “Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlessness:
  Let him be rich and weary, that at least,
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness
        May toss him to my breast.”        20
 
 
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