3] make a suit unto him: make a request of him. The phrase is usually used for matters of finance or love.
4] small-rented lease: presumably, a lease whose requirements are not difficult to meet, as with low financial payments
6] lately: recently
7] dearly bought: paid a great price for
9] straight: without delay
12] ragged: The Oxford English Dictionary quotes this poem as an example of the use of "ragged" to mean harsh or discordant.
Online text copyright © 2009, Ian Lancashire (the Department of English) and the University of Toronto.
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Original text: George Herbert, The temple. Sacred poems and private ejaculations, edited by N. Ferrar (Cambridge: T. Buck and R. Daniel, 1633), 31-32. STC 13183. Facs. edn. Menston: Scolar Press, 1968. PR 3507 T45 1633A.
First publication date: 1633
RPO poem editor: Marc R. Plamondon
RP edition: 2006
Recent editing: 2:2006/1/11
Rhyme: abab cdcd effe gg
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