George Herbert
Affliction by George Herbert

Affliction by George Herbert

When thou didst entice to thee my heart, I thought the service brave: So many joys I writ down for my part, Besides what I might haveOut of my stock of natural delights, Augmented ...

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Grace by George Herbert

Grace by George Herbert

My stock lies dead and no increaseDoth my dull husbandry improve: O let thy graces without ceaseDrop from above! If still the sun should hide his face, Thy house would but a ...

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A Dialogue by George Herbert

A Dialogue by George Herbert

Man. SWEETEST Saviour, if my soul Were but worth the having, Quickly should I then control Any thought of waving. But when all my care and pains Cannot give the name of ...

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Easter Wings by George Herbert

Easter Wings by George Herbert

Lord, Who createdst man in wealth and store,Though foolishly he lost the same,Decaying more and more,Till he becameMost poore:With TheeO let me rise,As larks, harmoniously,And ...

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The Flower by George Herbert

The Flower by George Herbert

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 pleasures bring. Grief ...

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Bitter-Sweet by George Herbert

Bitter-Sweet by George Herbert

Ah, my dear angry Lord,Since thou dost love, yet strike;Cast down, yet help afford;Sure I will do the like.I will complain, yet praise;I will bewail, approve;And all my sour-sweet ...

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Employment (I) by George Herbert

Employment (I) by George Herbert

If as a flower doth spread and die, Thou wouldst extend me to some good, Before I were by frost's extremityNipt in the bud; The sweetness and the praise were thine; But the ...

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Mattins by George Herbert

Mattins by George Herbert

I cannot ope mine eyes, But thou art ready there to catchMy morning-soul and sacrifice: Then we must needs for that day make a match.My God, what is a heart? Silver, or gold, or ...

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Easter Song by George Herbert

Easter Song by George Herbert

I Got me flowers to straw Thy way, I got me boughs off many a tree; But Thou wast up by break of day, And brought’st Thy sweets along with Thee. The sunne arising in the ...

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Easter by George Herbert

Easter by George Herbert

Rise, heart, thy lord is risen. Sing his praise Without delays, Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise With him may'st rise: That, as his death calcined thee to dust, His ...

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Prayer (I) by George Herbert

Prayer (I) by George Herbert

Prayer the Church's banquet, angels' age, God's breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, The Christian plummet sounding heav'n and earth; ...

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Virtue by George Herbert

Virtue by George Herbert

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so brightThe bridal of the earth and sky:The dew shall weep thy fall tonight,For thou must die.Sweet rose, whose hue, angry and brave,Bids the rash ...

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Church Monuments by George Herbert

Church Monuments by George Herbert

While that my soul repairs to her devotion,Here I intomb my flesh, that it betimesMay take acquaintance of this heap of dust;To which the blast of death's incessant motion,Fed ...

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The Collar by George Herbert

The Collar by George Herbert

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 ...

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Sonnet (I) by George Herbert

Sonnet (I) by George Herbert

My God, where is that ancient heat towards thee, Wherewith whole showls of Martyrs once did burn, Besides their other flames? Doth Poetry Wear Venus livery? only serve her ...

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Sighs And Groans by George Herbert

Sighs And Groans by George Herbert

O do not use me After my sins! look not on my dessert, But on your glory! Then you will reform And not refuse me: for you only art The mighty God, but I a silly worm; ...

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Clasping Of Hands by George Herbert

Clasping Of Hands by George Herbert

LORD, Thou art mine, and I am Thine, If mine I am; and Thine much more Then I or ought or can be mine. Yet to be Thine doth me restore, So that again I now am mine, ...

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The Pulley by George Herbert

The Pulley by George Herbert

When God at first made man,Having a glass of blesings standing by;Let us (said he) pour on him all we can:Let the world's riches, which dispersed lie,Contract into a span.So ...

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Discipline by George Herbert

Discipline by George Herbert

THROW away Thy rod, Throw away Thy wrath; O my God, Take the gentle path! For my heart's desire Unto Thine is bent: I aspire To a full consent. Not a word or look I affect ...

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Love by George Herbert

Love by 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 ...

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Love (Iii) by George Herbert

Love (Iii) by George Herbert

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,Guilty of dust and sin.But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack,From my first entrance in,Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,If ...

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Denial by George Herbert

Denial by George Herbert

When my devotions could not pierce Thy silent ears; Then was my heart broken, as was my verse: My breast was full of fears And disorder: My bent thoughts, like a brittle bow, Did ...

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The Dawning by George Herbert

The Dawning by George Herbert

Awake, sad heart, whom sorrow ever drowns ;Take up thine eyes, which feed on earth ;Unfold thy forehead, gathered into frowns ;Thy Saviour comes, and with Him mirth :Awake, ...

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Peace by George Herbert

Peace by George Herbert

Sweet Peace, where dost thou dwell? I humbly crave,Let me once know.I sought thee in a secret cave,And ask'd, if Peace were there,A hollow wind did seem to answer, No:Go seek ...

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Redemption by George Herbert

Redemption by George Herbert

Having been tenant long to a rich lord, Not thriving, I resolved to be bold, And make a suit unto him, to afford A new small-rented lease, and cancel the old. In heaven at his ...

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A Dialogue-Anthem by George Herbert

A Dialogue-Anthem by George Herbert

Alas, poor Death! Where is thy glory?Where is thy famous force, thy ancient sting?Alas, poor mortal, void of story!Go spell and read how I have killed thy King.Poor Death! And who ...

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Faith by George Herbert

Faith by George Herbert

Lord, how couldst thou so much appeaseThy wrath for sin, as when man's sight was dim, And could see little, to regard his ease, And bring by Faith all things to him? Hungry I was, ...

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Good Friday by George Herbert

Good Friday by George Herbert

O my chief good, How shall I measure out thy blood? How shall I count what thee befell, And each grief tell? Shall I thy woesNumber according to thy foes? Or, since one star ...

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Even-Song by George Herbert

Even-Song by George Herbert

Blest be the God of love, Who gave me eyes, and light, and power this day, Both to be busy, and to play.But much more blest be God above, Who gave me sight alone, Which to himself ...

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Artillery by George Herbert

Artillery by George Herbert

As I one ev'ning sat before my cell, Me thoughts a star did shoot into my lap. I rose, and shook my clothes, as knowing well, That from small fires comes oft no small mishap. When ...

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Affliction (Ii) by George Herbert

Affliction (Ii) by George Herbert

Kill me not ev'ry day, Thou Lord of life, since thy one death for meIs more than all my deaths can be, Though I in broken payDie over each hour of Methusalem's stay.If all men's ...

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Love (I) by George Herbert

Love (I) by George Herbert

Immortal love, authour of this great frame,Sprung from that beautie which can never fade;How hath man parcel’d out thy glorious name,And thrown it on that dust which thou hast ...

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Church Music by George Herbert

Church Music by George Herbert

Sweetest of sweets, I thank you: when displeasureDid through my body wound my mind,You took me thence, and in your house of pleasureA dainty lodging me assigned.Now I in you ...

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Love (Ii) by George Herbert

Love (Ii) by George Herbert

Immortal Heat, O let thy greater flameAttract the lesser to it: let those firesWhich shall consume the world, first make it tame,And kindle in our hearts such true desires,As may ...

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The Agony by George Herbert

The Agony by George Herbert

Philosophers have measur'd mountains, Fathom'd the depths of the seas, of states, and kings, Walk'd with a staff to heav'n, and traced fountains: But there are two vast, spacious ...

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Aaron by George Herbert

Aaron by George Herbert

Holiness on the head,Light and perfection on the breast,Harmonious bells below, raising the deadTo led them unto life and rest.Thus are true Aarons dressed. Profaneness in my ...

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The World by George Herbert

The World by George Herbert

Love built a stately house, where Fortune came,And spinning fancies, she was heard to sayThat her fine cobwebs did support the frame,Whereas they were supported by the same;But ...

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Antiphon (I) by George Herbert

Antiphon (I) by George Herbert

Chorus: Let all the world in ev'ry corner sing'My God and King.'Verse: The heav'ns are not too high, His praise may thither fly: The earth is not too low, His praises there may ...

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Grief by George Herbert

Grief by George Herbert

O who will give me tears? Come, all ye springs,Dwell in my head and eyes; come, cloudsand rain;My grief hath need of all the watery thingsThat nature hath produced: let every ...

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Affliction (Iv) by George Herbert

Affliction (Iv) by George Herbert

Broken in pieces all asunder, Lord, hunt me not, A thing forgot, Once a poor creature, now a wonder, A wonder tortur'd in the spaceBetwixt this world and that of grace.My thoughts ...

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Life by George Herbert

Life by George Herbert

I made a posie, while the day ran by: Here will I smell my remnant out, and tie My life within this band. But time did becken to the flowers, and they By noon most cunningly did ...

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The Altar by George Herbert

The Altar by George Herbert

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. ...

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The Windows by George Herbert

The Windows by George Herbert

Lord, how can man preach thy eternall word?He is a brittle crazie glasse:Yet in thy temple thou dost him affordThis glorious and transcendent place,To be a window, through thy ...

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A Wreath by George Herbert

A Wreath by George Herbert

A wreathed garland of deserved praise,Of praise deserved, unto thee I give,I give to thee, who knowest all my wayes,My crooked winding wayes, wherein I live,Wherein I die, not ...

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The Sinner by George Herbert

The Sinner by George Herbert

Lord, how I am all ague, when I seekWhat I have treasur'd in my memory! Since, if my soul make even with the week, Each seventh note by right is due to thee.I find there quarries ...

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Jordan (I) by George Herbert

Jordan (I) by George Herbert

Who says that fictions only and false hair Become a verse? Is there no truth in beauty? Is all good structure in a winding stair? May no lines pass, except they do their duty Not ...

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The Elixir by George Herbert

The Elixir by George Herbert

Teach me, my God and King, In all things Thee to see, And what I do in anything To do it as for Thee. Not rudely, as a beast, To run into an action; But ...

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The Pearl by George Herbert

The Pearl by George Herbert

The Kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls; who, when he had found one, sold all that he had and bought it.—Matthew 13.45I know the ways of Learning; ...

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Repentance by George Herbert

Repentance by George Herbert

Lord, I confess my sin is great; Great is my sin. Oh! gently treatWith thy quick flow'r, thy momentany bloom; Whose life still pressingIs one undressing, A steady aiming at a ...

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The Forerunners by George Herbert

The Forerunners by George Herbert

The harbingers are come. See, see their mark; White is their colour, and behold my head. But must they have my brain? must they dispark Those sparkling notions, which therein were ...

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