George Herbert was a renowned English poet and priest who lived during the 17th century. His poems are known for their unique and beautiful style, filled with religious themes and metaphors. Herbert’s poems are highly regarded for their spiritual depth and intricate wordplay, making them a significant contribution to English literature. In this article, we will explore some of the most notable poems by George Herbert, showcasing his poetic brilliance and profound insights.
Unique and Beautiful Poems George Herbert
Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lacked anything.
I struck the board and cried, “No more;
I will abroad!
What? shall I ever sigh and pine?
My lines and life are free, free as the road,
Loose as the wind, as large as store.
Shall I be still in suit?
When God at first made man,
Having a glass of blessings standing by,
Let us (said He) pour on him all we can:
Let the world’s riches, which dispersèd lie,
Contract into a span.
So strength first made a way;
A broken ALTAR, Lord, thy servant rears,
Made of a heart, and cemented with tears:
Whose parts are as thy hand did frame;
No workman’s tool hath touch’d the same.
A HEART alone
Is such a stone,
Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store,
Though foolishly he lost the same,
Decaying more and more,
Till he became
How fresh, O Lord, how sweet and clean
Are thy returns! ev’n as the flowers in spring;
To which, besides their own demean,
The late-past frosts tributes of pleasure bring.
Grief melts away
Like snow in May,
LORD, how can man preach thy eternal word?
He is a brittle crazy glass;
Yet in thy temple thou dost him afford
This glorious and transcendent place,
To be a window, through thy grace.
I know the ways of learning; both the head
And pipes that feed the press, and make it run;
What reason hath from nature borrowed,
Or of itself, like a good huswife, spun
In laws and policy; what the stars conspire,
What willing nature speaks, what forced by fire;
I threaten’d to observe the strict decree
Of my dear God with all my power and might;
But I was told by one, it could not be;
Yet I might trust in God to be my light.
Then will I trust, said I, in him alone.
Nay, ev’n to trust in him, was also his:
Lord, who hath form’d me out of mud,
And hath redeem’d me through thy blood,
And sanctifi’d me to do good;
Purge all my sins done heretofore:
For I confess my heavy score,
And I will strive to sin no more.
George Herbert’s poems continue to inspire and captivate readers with their profound spiritual insights and creative wordplay. His unique approach to poetry and religious themes has left an indelible mark on English literature. Whether exploring the depths of love, faith, or the human condition, Herbert’s poems offer a rich and rewarding experience for those who appreciate the beauty of language and the power of spirituality.