George Herbert Poems
- Affliction When thou didst entice to thee my heart, I ...
- Mattins I cannot ope mine eyes, But thou art ready there to...
- Denial When my devotions could not pierce Thy silent ears; ...
- Easter Wings Lord, Who createdst man in wealth and ...
- Love LOVE bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back, ...
- The Pulley When God at first made man, Having a glass of ...
- Bitter-Sweet Ah, my dear angry Lord, Since thou dost love, ...
George Herbert was a Welsh born English poet, orator and Anglican priest.
Being born into an artistic and wealthy family, he received a good education that led to his holding prominent positions at Cambridge University and Parliament. As a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, Herbert excelled in languages and music. He went to college with the intention of becoming a priest, but his scholarship attracted the attention of King James I/VI. Herbert served in Parliament for two years. After the death of King James and at the urging of a friend, Herbert's interest in ordained ministry was renewed.
In 1630, in his late thirties he gave up his secular ambitions and took ... more »
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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 have
Out of my stock of natural delights,
Augmented with thy gracious benefits.
I looked on thy furniture so fine,
And made it fine to me:
Thy glorious household-stuff did me entwine,
And 'tice me unto thee.
Such stars I counted mine: both heav'n and earth
Paid me my wages in a world of mirth.
What pleasures could I want, whose King I served?
Where joys my fellows were?
Thus argu'd into hopes, my thoughts ...