George Herbert


                     If we could see below
The sphere of vertue, and each shining grace,
          As plainly as that above doth show ;
This were the better skie, the brighter place.

                    God hath made starres the foil
To set off vertues ;  griefs to set off sinning :
          Yet in this wretched world we toil,
As if grief were not foul, nor vertue winning.

Herbert, George. The Poetical Works of George Herbert.
New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1857. 224-225.

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