Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Unlikely Whereabout of a Rich Lord

Having been tenant long to a rich Lord,
Not thriving, I resolved to be bold,
And make a suit unto Him, to afford
A new small - rented lease, and cancel th' old.

In heaven at His manor I Him sought;
They told me there that He had lately gone
About some land, which He had dearly bought
Long since on earth, to take possession.

I straight returned, and knowing His great birth,
Sought Him accordingly in great resorts,
In cities, theaters, gardens, parks, and courts;
At length I heard a ragged noise and mirth

Of thieves and murderers; there I Him espied;
Who straight, Your suit is granted, said and died.
- George Herbert 
1973 (date of publication)

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