The Works of George Herbert

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LUCUS

I. Homo, Statua.

Svm, quis nescit, Imago Dei, sed saxea certè:
Hanc mihi duritiem contulit improbitas.
Durescunt proprijs euulsa corallia fundis,
Haud secus ingenitis dotibus orbus Adam.
Tu, qui cuncta creans docuisti marmora flere, 5 Haud mihi cor saxo durius esse sinas.


II. Patria.

VT tenuis flammae species caelum vsque minatur,
Igniculos legans, manserit ipsa licet;
Sic mucronatam reddunt suspiria mentem,
Votáque scintillae sunt animosa meae.
Assiduo stimulo carnem Mens vlta lacessit, 5 Sedula si fuerit, perterebrare potest.


III. In Stephanum lapidatum.

QVi silicem tundit, (mirum tamen) elicit ignem:
At Caelum è saxis elicuit Stephanus.


IV. In Simonem Magum.

ECquid emes Christum? pro nobis scilicet olim
Venditus est Agnus, non tamen emptus erit.
Quin nos Ipse emit, precioso faenora soluens
Sanguine: nec precium merx emit Ala suum.
Ecquid emes Caelum? quin stellam rectiùs vnam 5
Quo precio venit, fac, liceare priùs.
Nempe graui fertur scelerata pecunia motu,
Si sursurn iacias, in caput ipsa ruit.
Vnicus est nummus, caelo Christóque petitus,
Nempe in quo clarè lucet Imago Dei. 10

Lucus. Sources as for Passio Discerpta (see p. 404) I. 5 flere II. 2 ipsa, licet. 3 mentem IV. 8 ipsa] ipseGrosart

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