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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
George Herbert. 1593–1632
285. The Pulley
      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 dispersèd lie, 
      Contract into a span.         5
      So strength first made a way, 
Then beauty flow'd, then wisdom, honour, 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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