Sunday, April 08, 2007

"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 heaven and earth;
Engine against th’ Almighty, sinners' tower,
Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
The six-days' world transposing in an hour;
A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;
Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,
Exalted manna, gladness of the best,
Heaven in ordinary, man well dressed,
The milky way, the bird of paradise,
Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul's blood,
The land of spices; something understood.


  1. Thanks for this.

  2. You just like it because it mentions "heart in pilgrimage." ;-)

  3. "Church bells beyond the stars heard."


    That is a lovely sentence!

    Happy Easter to you, Cheryl!

  4. I want to do this too! I'll post some Gerard Manley Hopkins.

    Right back atcha.