George Herbert

(3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633 / Montgomery, Wales)

Bitter-Sweet - Poem 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 days
I will lament and love.


Comments about Bitter-Sweet by George Herbert

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/5/2017 11:44:00 AM)


    My sour-sweet days! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Londis Carpenter (12/5/2017 9:59:00 AM)


    I will complain, yet praise;
    I will bewail, approve;

    I do so understand. Praise Creator God
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  • (12/5/2017 9:19:00 AM)


    Well, since rhyming's been my ruin and win, let me rhyme to the bitter and better end also I have had bitter experiences of late; this has been the worst, yet in a way the most fortunate, contradiction and reconciliation
    is what this poem educes..........thanks for sharing
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  • (12/5/2017 8:04:00 AM)


    Great poem. If we all could keep this attitude we sure will be closer to that Lord. (Report) Reply

  • Mary Skarpathiotaki (12/5/2017 5:02:00 AM)


    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 days
    I will lament and love.
    George Herbert GREAT! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! FAITH SAVE....10+
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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (12/5/2017 2:18:00 AM)


    Bitter Sweet is both sour and sweet.

    I will complain, yet praise;
    I will bewail, approve;
    And all my sour-sweet days
    I will lament and love.

    A poem that contrasts and contradicts the emotions and passions.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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