George Herbert, The temple. Sacred poems and private ejaculations, edited by N. Ferrar (Cambridge: T. Buck and R. Daniel, 1633), 31-32. STC 13183. Facs. edn. Menston: Scolar Press, 1968. PR 3507 T45 1633A.
1Having been tenant long to a rich Lord,
2 Not thriving, I resolved to be bold,
5In heaven at his manour I him sought:
8Long since on earth, to take possession.
10 Sought him accordingly in great resorts;
11 In cities, theatres, gardens, parks, and courts:
13 Of theeves and murderers: there I him espied,
14 Who straight, Your suit is granted, said, & died.
3] make a suit unto him: make a request of him. The phrase is usually used for matters of finance or love. Back to Line
4] small-rented lease: presumably, a lease whose requirements are not difficult to meet, as with low financial payments Back to Line
6] lately: recently Back to Line
7] dearly bought: paid a great price for Back to Line
9] straight: without delay Back to Line
12] ragged: The Oxford English Dictionary quotes this poem as an example of the use of "ragged" to mean harsh or discordant. Back to Line
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