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Quotation by George Herbert
Who says that fictions only and false hair Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty? Is all good structure in a winding stair? May no lines pass, except they do their duty Not to a true, but painted chair?
George Herbert (1593–1633), British poet, clergyman. repr. In The Works of George Herbert, ed. Helen Gardner (1961). Jordan (I), st. 1, The Temple (1633).
The Winding Stair was the title of a volume of verse by W.B. Yeats (1933).
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