|By Day and Time|
|Some great estates provide, but do not breed|
|A mast'ring mind; so both are lost thereby:|
|Or els1 they breed them tender, make them need|
|All that they leave: this is flat povertie.|
|For he, that needs five thousand pound to live|
|Is full as poor as he that needs but five.|
George Herbert, The Temple, "The Church-porch," Stanza 18 [for discussion].
These poems by George Herbert, the Seventeenth Century
divine, instruct us to a better, more spiritual life. These are the first
part of his book The Temple. Collectively they are called "The Church-porch" and intended as ethical and moral instructions preparing us for our
spiritual encounters with the Divine in "The Church."
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