Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it?
The Size, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
A servant with this clause Makes drudgery divine; Who sweeps a room as forThy laws Makes it and th'action fine.George Herbert
Man is all symmetry, Full of proportions, one limb to another.George Herbert
Joy, I did lock thee up; but some bad man Hath let thee out again.George Herbert
To a close shorn sheep, God gives wind by measure.George Herbert
Teach me, my God and King, In all thingsThee to see, And what I do in any thing To do it as forThee.George Herbert
Whereas my birth and spirit rather took The way that takes the town; Thou didst betray me to a lingering book, And wrap me in a gown.George Herbert
O mighty love! Man is one world, and hath Another to attend him.George Herbert
Who says that fictions onlyand false hair Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty? Is all good structure in a winding stair?George Herbert
When God at first made man, Having a glass of blessings standing by, 'Let us,'said he,'pour on him all we can: Let the world's riches, which disperse' d lie, Contract into a span'.George Herbert
Let him be rich and weary, that at least, If goodness lead him not, yet weariness May toss him to My breast.George Herbert
Like summer friends,Flies of estate and sunneshine.George Herbert
One hour's sleep before midnight is worth three after.George Herbert
My house, my house, though thou art small, Thou art to me the Escurial.George Herbert
For all may have, If they dare try, a glorious life, or grave.George Herbert
A morning Sun, and a Wine-bred child, and a Latin-bred woman seldom end well.George Herbert
Less at thine own things laugh ; lest in the jest Thy person share, and the conceit advance, Make not thy sport abuses: for the fly That feeds on dung is colored thereby.George Herbert
Restore to God his due in tithe and time: A tithe purloin'd cankers the whole estate.George Herbert
Sweet rose, whose hue, angry and brave, Bids the rash gazer wipe his eye, Thy root is even in the grave, And thou must die.George Herbert
To write a verse or two, is all the praise That I can raise.George Herbert
A verse may finde him who a sermon flies, And turn delight into a sacrifice.George Herbert
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