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George Herbert: “Having been tenant long to a rich Lord”

13 September 2013

“Having been tenant long to a rich Lord,

Not thriving, I resolved to be bold,

And make a suit unto him, to afford

A new small-rented lease, and cancell th’ old.

 

In heaven at his manour 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 return’d, and knowing his great birth,

Sought him accordingly in great resorts;

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

At length I heard a ragged noise and mirth

 

Of theeves and murderers: there I him espied,

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

 

― George Herbert

 

George Herbert

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