A Contemplation of the Herbs

Thomas Adams (1583–1653)
“The Shakespeare of the Puritans”

A meditation on the garden of our hearts, and the four virtues of its herbs.

Humbleness roots downward, yet no herb hath so high branches. We say, that proud men have high minds: they have not; for their minds only aspire to some earthly honours, which are but low shrubs indeed. The humble man aspires to heaven, and to be great in the eternal King’s favour; and this is the true, but good height of mind.

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