Poetry Friday: Poetry of George Herbert

40 Inspirational Classics for Lent


IMMORTALL Heat, O let thy greater flame
Attract the lesser to it : let those fires
Which shall consume the world, first make it tame,
And kindle in our hearts such true desires,

As may consume our lusts, and make thee way.
Then shall our hearts pant thee ; then shall our brain
All her invention on thine Altar lay,
And there in hymnes send back thy fire again :

Our eies shall see thee, which before saw dust ;
Dust blown by wit, till that they both were blinde :
Thou shalt recover all thy goods in kinde,
Who wert disseized by usurping lust :

All knees shall bow to thee ; all wits shall rise,
And praise him who did make and mend our eies.

I’ve posted poems by George Herbert, the seventeenth century Christian poet, on this blog numerous times. If one were to spend Lent and Eastertide just reading through the poems of Mr. Herbert, one a day, it would be devotional enough to last you through the season and to bring you to an awareness of poetry of faith.

Here are some of the posts from Semicolon about George Herbert’s poetry:
Love Bade Me Welcome
The Pulley
The Dawning
The Sonne
A Wreath
Easter Wings

Other Links:
More poetry by George Herbert.
The God of Love My Shepherd Is by George Herbert at Rebecca Writes.

4 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Poetry of George Herbert

  1. I love George Herbert’s poetry! I posted one of my favorite Herbert poems last week: The Agony

  2. Thank you for the lovely gift of these poems. It is a treat, Sherry.

  3. I really appreciate that you’ve posted Herbert. Thank you very much. He is my favourite poet. I switched on the computer this morning and I came across your page and you made my day ! Thanks for the links as well. I particularly liked A Wreath.

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