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His Dream

by Robert Herrick, 1647

I dreamt, last night, Thou didst transfuse
Oil from Thy jar into my cruse;
And pouring still Thy wealthy store,
The vessel full did then run o’er;
Methought I did Thy bounty chide
To see the waste; but ’twas replied
By Thee, dear God, God gives man seed
Ofttimes for waste, as for his need.
Then I could say that house is bare
That has not bread and some to spare.

Published in Noble Numbers

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