And who is that? One George Herbert, 1593 – 1633, another English clergyman, who wrote “The Temple”, a seemingly endless collection of homilies in rhyme! However, no subject remains unnoticed. One needs to ” tip-toe ” gently through the many pages of Olde English sextets, but trust me, that could be an incredible task. My personal favorites appear about halfway, beginning with :
Scorn no mans love, though of a mean degree;
( Love is a present for a mightie king )
Much lesse make any one thine enemie.
As gunnes destroy, so may a little sling.
The cunning workman never doth refuse
The meanest tool, that he may chance to use.
A lifetime of wisdom in six short sentences with not a word to spare. Well worth the effort ! Consider a foray into the unknown, do you dare?