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ROBERT HERRICK
English poet and clergyman
(1591 - 1674)
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A spark neglected makes a mighty fire.
      - [Fire]

All things decay with time; the forest sees
  The growth and downfall of her aged trees:
    That timber tall, which threescore lustres stood
      The proud dictator of the state-like wood--
        I mean the sov'reign of all plants, the oak,
          Droops, dies, and falls without the cleaver's stroke.
      - [Ruins]

But here's the sunset of a tedious day,
  These two asleep are; I'll but be undrest,
    And so to bed. Pray wish us all good rest.
      - Epitaph on Sir Edward Giles [Epitaphs]

Buying, possessing, accumulating--this is not worldliness. But doing this in the love of it, with no love of God paramount--doing it so that thoughts of eternity and God are an intrusion--doing it so that one's spirit is secularized in the process; this is worldliness.
      - [Worldliness]

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
  Old time is still a-flying;
    And this same flower that smiles to-day,
      To-morrow may be dying.
      - [Proverbs]

Give house-room to the best; 'tis never known
  Verture and pleasure both to dwell in one.
      - [Choice]

Go to your banquet then, but use delight
  So as to rise still with an appetite.
      - [Eating]

He who has suffered shipwreck, fears to sail
  Upon the seas, though with a gentle gale.
      - [Shipwreck]

In the hour of my distress,
  When temptations me oppress,
    And when I my sins confess,
      Sweet Spirit, comfort me.
      - [Temptation]

It is the will that makes the action good or ill.
      - [Will]

Kings ought to shear, not skin their sheep.
      - [Taxes]

Learn this of me, where'er thy lot doth fall,
  Short lot, or not, to be content with all.
      - [Contentment]

Let wealth come in by comely thrift,
  And not by any sordid shift;
    'T is haste
      Makes waste;
        Extremes have still their fault.
          Who gripes too hard the dry and slipp'ry sand,
            Holds none at all, or little, in his hand.
      - [Extremes]

Like will to like; each creature loves his kind.
  Chaste words proceed still from a bashful mind.
      - [Sympathy]

Love is maintain'd by wealth: when all is spent,
  Adversity then breeds the discontent.
      - [Adversity]

Necessity makes dastards valiant men.
      - [Necessity]

None pities him that is in the snare, who warned before, would not beware.
      - [Warnings]

Nothing is so hard but search will find it out.
      - [Perseverance]

Our present tears here, not our present laughter
  Are but the handsells of our joys hereafter.
      - [Tears]

Satan o'ercomes none but by willingness.
      - [Temperance]

'T is the will that makes the action good or ill.
      - [Sin]

Tears are the noble language of the eye.
      - [Tears]

That happiness does still the longest thrive where joys and griefs have turns alternative.
      - [Happiness]

That man lives twice that lives the first life well.
      - [Life]

The body is the soul's poor house or home, whose ribs the laths are and whose flesh the loam.
      - [Body]


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