from The Temple (1633), by George Herbert:


¶   Hope.

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! I’le no more, no more I’le bring:
                                 I did expect a ring.


A Worksheet:
I Gave Hope Hope Gave Me
watch anchor
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?
Anchor: the Christian Symbol of Hope

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."

Modern version
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