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GEORGE HERBERT
Welsh poet
(1593 - 1633)
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Speak fitly, or be silent wisely.
      - [Silence]

Storms make oaks take deeper root.
      - [Strength]

Sunday observe; think, when the bells do chime, 'tis angels' music; therefore come not late.
      - [Sabbath]

Take not His name, who made thy mouth, in vain;
  It gets thee nothing, and hath no excuse.
      - [Oaths]

The dark grave, which knows all secrets, can alone reclaim the fatal doubt once cast on a woman's name.
      - [Reputation]

The drunkard forfeits man and doth divest
  All wordly right, save what he hath by beast.
      - [Drunkenness]

The fineness which a hymn or psalm affords,
  Is when the soul unto the lines accords.
      - [Songs]

The longest Day hath an Eueninge.
      - from a version of his published proverbs
        [Proverbs]

The virtue of a coward is suspicion.
      - [Suspicion]

This book of stars lights to eternal bliss.
      - [Bible]

Thou that hast given so much to me, give one thing more--a grateful heart.
      - [Gratitude]

Though punishment be slow, still it comes.
      - [Punishment]

War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
      - [War]

We live in an age that hath more need of good example than precepts.
      - [Example]

When them dost tell another's jest, therein
  Omit the oaths which true wit cannot need;
    Pick out of tales the mirth, but not the sin;
      He pares his apple that will cleanly feed.
      - [Tongue]

Who eates the Kings Goose uoydes the feathers an hundred years after.
  [Who eats the king's goose voids the feathers a hundred years after.]
      - from a version of his published proverbs
        [Proverbs]

Who is the honest man?
  He that doth still and strongly good pursue
    To God, his neighbor, and himself most true:
      Whom neither force nor fawning can
        Unpin, or wrench from giving all their due.
      - [Honesty]

Who sweeps a room, as for Thy laws, makes that and the action fine.
      - [Motive]

Wouldst thou unlock the door to cold despair and knowing pensiveness?
      - [Despair]

Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie;
  A fault which needs it most, grows two thereby.
      - Church Porch [Lying]

Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear.
      - Church Porch [Soul]

If thou do ill, the joy fades, not the pains.
  If well, the pain doth fade, the joy remains.
      - Church Porch (last lines) [Deeds]

He pares his apple that will cleanly feed.
      - Church Porch (st. 2) [Eating]

In thy discourse, if thou desire to please;
  All such is courteous, useful, new, or wittie:
    Usefulness comes by labour, wit byease;
      Courtesie grows in court; news in the citie.
      - Church--Church Porch (st. 49) [Courtesy]

Do well and right, and let the world sink.
      - Country Parson (ch. XXIX) [Action]


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