George Herbert

SINNE.  (II)                     

    O THATI could a sinne once see !
    We paint the devil foul, yet he
    Hath some good in him, all agree.
Sinne is flat opposite to th' Almighty, seeing
It wants the good of vertue, and of being.

    But God more care of us hath had,
    If apparitions make us sad,
    By sight of sinne we should grow mad.
Yet as in sleep we see foul death, and live ;
So devils are our sinnes in perspective.

Herbert, George. The Poetical Works of George Herbert.
New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1857. 77.

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