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Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest (1593-1633)
George Herbert was a Welsh poet, orator, and priest of the Church of England. His poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognised as "one of the foremost British devotional lyricists." He was born into an artistic and wealthy family and largely raised in England. He received a good education that led to his admission to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1609. He went there with the intention of becoming a priest, but he became the University's Public Orator and attracted the attention of King James I. He served in the Parliament of England in 1624 and briefly in 1625.
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He that is not handsome at twenty, nor strong at thirty, nor rich at forty, nor wise at fifty, will never be handsome, strong, rich, or wise.
Drink not the third glass, which thou canst not tame When once it is within thee.
Pursue not a victory too far. He hath conquered well that hath made his enemy fly; thou mayest beat him to a desperate resistance, which may ruin thee.
The best smell is bread; the best savor, salt; the best love, that of children.
Who aimeth at the sky Shoots higher much than he that means a tree.
The worst speak something good; if all want sense, God takes a text, and preacheth Patience.
For want of a nail, the shoe is lost; for want of a shoe the horse is lost; and for want of a horse the rider is lost.
Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes Error a fault and truth discourtesy.
Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie; A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.
Go not for every grief to the physician, nor for every quarrell to the lawyer, nor for every thirst to the pot.
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