Monday, April 25, 2005

Georger Herbert on the Scholar's Glory

Art thou a Magistrate? then be severe:
If studious, copie fair, what time hath blurr'd;
Redeem truth from the jawes
: if souldier,
Chase brave employments with a naked sword
Throughout the world. Fool not: for all may have,
If they dare try, a glorious life, or grave.

From "The Church-Porch" in his excellent poetic work, The Temple. If you haven't read his prose work, The Country Parson, I highly recommend it; it's a beautiful picture of Herbert's ideal pastor.

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