[The Temple Court, Detail of Model]from The Temple (1633), by George Herbert:


¶   A Dialogue-Antheme.

Christian. Death.

Chr. ALas, poore Death, where is thy glorie?
        Where is thy famous force, the ancient sting?
Dea.  Alas poore mortall, void of storie,
        Go spell and reade how I have kill’d thy King.
Chr.  Poore Death!  and who was hurt thereby?
         Thy curse being laid on him, makes thee accurst.
Dea.  Let losers talk: yet thou shalt die;
         These arms shall crush thee.  Chr. Spare not, do thy worst.
            I shall be one day better then before:
            Thou so much worse, that thou shalt be no more.

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