Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, VIRTUE [OR, VERTUE], by GEORGE HERBERT

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VIRTUE [OR, VERTUE], by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright
Last Line: Then chiefly lives.
Variant Title(s): Memento Mori;sweet Day;virtue [immortal];sweet Life
Subject(s): Death; Immortality; Judgment Day; Mortality; Soul; Transience; Virtue; Dead, The; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man; Impermanence

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky;
The dew shall weep thy fall to-night;
For thou must die.

Sweet rose, whose hue, angry and brave
Bids the rash gazer wipe his eye,
Thy root is ever in its grave,
And thou must die.

Sweet Spring, full of sweet days and roses,
A box where sweets compacted lie,
My music shows ye have your closes,
And all must die.

Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
Like seasoned timber, never gives;
But, though the whole world turn to coal,
Then chiefly lives.

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