[The Temple Court, Jerusalem]from The Temple (1633), by George Herbert:


¶   The Quidditie.

MY God, a verse is not a crown,
No point of honour, or gay suit,
No hawk, or banquet, or renown,
Nor a good sword, nor yet a lute:

It cannot vault, or dance, or play;
It never was in France or Spain;
Nor can it entertain the day
With my great stable or demain:

It is no office, art, or news,
Nor the Exchange, or busie Hall;
But it is that which while I use
I am with thee, and Most take all.

Quiddity: The real nature of the thing; what makes a thing what it is. (Oxford English Dictionary)

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