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FRANCIS QUARLES
English poet and devotional writer
(1592 - 1644)
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Like to the falling of a star,
  . . . .
    Like to the damask rose you see,
      Or like the blossom of the tree.
      - Argalus and Parthenia,
        claimed by him but attributed to John Phillipot in Harleian Manuscript 3917, folio 88b
        [Women]

We sack, we ransack to the utmost sands
  Of native kingdoms, and of foreign lands:
    We travel sea and soil; we pry, and prowl,
      We progress, and we prog from pole to pole.
      - Divine Emblems (bk. II, II) [Traveling]

The world's a book, writ by th' eternal Art
  Of the great Maker; printed in man's heart;
    'Tis falsely printed though divinely penn'd,
      And all the Errata will appear at th' end.
      - Divine Fancies [Epitaphs]

The World's a Printing-House, our words, our thoughts,
  Our deeds, are characters of several sizes.
    Each soul is a Compos'tor, of whose faults
      The Levites are Correctors; Heaven Revises.
        Death is the common Press, from whence being driven,
          We're gather'd, Sheet by Sheet, and bound for Heaven.
      - Divine Fancies [Epitaphs]

The goods we spend we keep; and what we save
  We lose; and only what we lose we have.
      - Divine Fancies (bk. IV, art. 70)
        [Possession]

Our Life is nothing but a Winter's day;
  Some only break their Fast, and so away:
    Others stay to Dinner, and depart full fed:
      The deepest Age but Sups, and goes to Bed:
        He's most in debt that lingers out the Day:
          Who dies betime, has less, and less to pay.
      - Divine Fancies--On The Life of Man [Life]

Death aims with fouler spite
  At fairer marks.
      - Divine Poems [Death]

See, here's a shadow found; the human nature
  Is made th' umbrella to the Deity,
    To catch the sunbeams of thy just Creator;
      Beneath this covert thou may'st safely lie.
      - Emblems, bk. IV, 14 [Umbrellas]

My soul, what's lighter than a feather? Wind.
  Than wind? The fire. And what than fire? The mind.
    What's lighter than the mind? A thought. Than thought?
      This bubble world. What than this bubble? Nought.
      - Emblems (bk. I, 4) [World]

Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!
  Light will repay
    The wrongs of night; sweet Phosphor, bring the day!
      - Emblems (bk. I, em. 14, st. 5) [Day]

A lamb appears a lion, and we fear
  Each bush we see's a bear.
      - Emblems (bk. I, emblem XIII, l. 19) [Fear]

Luxury is an enticing pleasure, a bastard mirth, which hath honey in her mouth, gall in her heart, and a sting in her tail.
      - Emblems (bk. I, Hugo) [Luxury]

The heart is a small thing, but desireth great matters. It is not sufficient for a kite's dinner, yet the whole world is not sufficient for it.
      - Emblems (bk. I, Hugo de Anima) [Heart]

The sufficiency of merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.
      - Emblems (bk. II, em. 1) [Merit]

Be wisely worldly, but not worldly wise.
      - Emblems (bk. II, em. 2) [Wisdom]

The slender debt to Nature's quickly paid,
  Discharged, perchance with greater ease than made.
      - Emblems (bk. II, emblem 13) [Debt]

What treasures here do Mammon's sons behold!
  Yet know that all that which glitters is not gold.
      - Emblems (bk. II, emblem V) [Mammon]

This house is to be let for life or years,
  Her rent is sorrow, and her income tears;
    Cupid, 't has long stood void; her bills make known,
      She must be dearly let, or let alone.
      - Emblems (bk. II, epigram X) [Heart]

'Tis vain to flee; till gentle Mercy show
  Her better eye, the farther off we go,
    The swing of Justice deals the mightier blow.
      - Emblems (bk. III, emblem XVI) [Mercy]

My soul, the seas are rough, and thou a stranger
  In these false coasts; O keep aloof; there's danger;
    Cast forth thy plummet; see, a rock appears;
      Thy ships want sea-room; make it with thy tears.
      - Emblems (bk. III, ep. XI) [Soul]

The next way home's the farthest way about.
      - Emblems (bk. IV, em. 2, ep. 2) [Proverbs]

Be always displeased at what thou art, if thou desire to attain to what thou art not; for where thou hast pleased thyself, there thou abidest.
      - Emblems (bk. IV, emblem 3) [Ambition]

It is the lot of man but once to die.
      - Emblems (bk. V, em. 7) [Death]

Our God and soldier we alike adore,
  When at the brink of ruin, not before;
    After deliverance both alike requited,
      Our God forgotten, and our soldiers slighted.
      - Epigram [Forgetfulness]

He that hath no cross deserves no crown.
      - Esther [Religion]


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