LenTree For George Herbert

Day 6: Monday


Having been tenant long to a rich Lord,

     Not thriving, I resolvéd to be bold,

     And make a suit unto him, to afford

A new small-rented lease, and cancel th' old.


In heaven at his manor I him sought:

     They told me there, that he was lately gone

     About some land, which he had dearly bought

Long since on earth, to take possession.


I straight returned, and knowing his great birth,

     Sought him accordingly in great resorts;

     In cities, theaters, gardens, parks, and courts:

At length I heard a ragged noise and mirth


     Of thieves and murderers: there I him espied,

     Who straight, Your suit is granted, said, and died.

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Colossians 3:3

My words and thoughts do both express this notion,

That Life has with the sun a double motion.

The first Is straight, and our diurnal friend,

The   other  Hid and does obliquely bend.

One life is wrapped In flesh, and tends to earth:

The other winds towards Him, whose happy birth

Taught   me to live  here so, That still one eye

Should aim and shoot at that which Is on high:

Quitting    with     daily     labor    all   My pleasure,

To    gain    at     harvest   an   eternal    Treasure.

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Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.

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