George Herbert
Montgomery, Wales
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Affliction

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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.
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Andrew Rae 11 April 2018
This great poem is the story of my life
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Joshua Adeyemi 12 April 2017
Swift changes in human's life...From Joy to Affliction. Herbert did it! .
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Edward Kofi Louis 24 December 2016
If i love thee not. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 24 December 2016
It reminds me of the song LET'S STOP BEFORE WE FALL IN LOVE popularized by NORMAN SALEET+++++++++++++
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* Sunprincess * 15 February 2016
.............wonderful stanza ? I read, and sigh, and wish I were a tree; For sure I then should grow To fruit or shade: at least some bird would trust Her household to me, and I should be just.
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Chinedu Dike 19 April 2015
Great piece of poetry, well articulated and nicely penned with beautiful rhyme scheme. Thanks for sharing.
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Douglas Scotney 03 January 2014
sickened and died at 39, deserving to be bitter
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Carlos Echeverria 03 January 2013
A man's religion is his business, none of mine; but a secular mind with a Herbert's poetic gift would be an interesting find.
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Nancy Parkerson 03 January 2012
wow thats a really good poem
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Amrita Ajay 03 April 2009
The poem is also interesting in how it contains elements of Moderinsm and Existentialism, and foreshadows the works of later poets like Alfred Lord Tennyson and T.S. Eliot. In that sense, Herbert finds a prominent place in the larger tradition of 'dark night of the soul' writing, from the early 16th century to the present. Also in narrativising experience through the medium of poetry, it raises questions of authorial self-construction, agency and activism. Although the issues are not explicitly explored, they are obvious to the modern reader's eye. It is interesting how Herbert posits the persona as being a 'passive' object to God's authoritarian manipulations. He claims almost to have been forced into the vocation against his wishes. Nothing in his own life validates a situation like this. This is where the question of genuineness of his doubts and woes needs examination.
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