I Gave to Hope a watch of mine: but he An anchor gave to me. Then an old prayer-book I did present: And he an optick sent. With that I have a viall full of tears: But he a few green eares. Ah Loyterer! Ile no more, no more Ile bring: I did expect a ring.
|I Gave Hope||Hope Gave Me|
|old prayerbook||optick [magnifying glass]|
|viall full of tears||a few green ears|
|Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zip. Zilch.||NO RING|
|What are my expectations?||What is Hope's lesson?|
|Semi-irrelevant note: John Donne sent a ring to several of his friends, George Herbert being one. The ring depicted Christ crucified on an anchor with the inscription "The cross is my anchor."|
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