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What is the subject of George Herbert's poem "Avarice"?

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In this poem that is addressed to "Money," George Herbert makes it clear how he feels about wealth and money and what it has done to humanity. The beginning of the poem is quite unequivocal in expressing Herbert's feelings about money:

MONEY, thou bane of bliss, and source of woe, 
Whence com'st thou, that thou art so fresh and fine? 
I know thy parentage is base and low: 
Man found thee poor and dirty in a mine.

Money is addressed as if it were a person, with a "parentage" that is "base and low" and a background. Money is compared to a "poor and dirty"...

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