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Poem by George Herbert


Sinne (II)


    O that I 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.



George Herbert


George Herbert's other poems:
  1. Sin's Round
  2. Love (Immortal Love, authour of this great frame)
  3. Charms and Knots
  4. Clasping of Hands
  5. The British Church


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