Abstain wholly, or wed. Thy bounteous Lord
Allows thee choise of paths: take no by-wayes;
But gladly welcome what he doth afford;
Not grudging, that thy lust hath bounds and staies.
Continence hath his joy: weigh both;
and so If rottennesse have more, let Heaven go.
"The Church Porch"
George Herbert, The Works of George Herbert (London: George Routledge & Co., 1854), 2.
Hans Memling, Allegory of a Virgin, 1479-80.