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THE QUATRAINS OF

369.

This world a body is, and God its soul,
And angels are its senses, who control
    Its limbs—the creatures, elements, and spheres;
The ONE is the sole basis of the whole.


370.

Last night that idol who enchants my heart,
With true desire to elevate my heart,
    Gave me his cup to drink; when I refused,
He said, "O drink to gratify my heart!"


371.

Would'st thou have fortune bow her neck to thee.
Make it thy care to feed thy soul with glee;
    And hold a creed like mine, which is, to drain
The cup of wine, not that of misery.


369.   L. N.   So Pope, "All are but parts," &c.

370.   N.

371.   L. N.   So the Ecclesiast, "There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat, and drink, and make his soul enjoy good in his labour."