George Herbert

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

Love - Poem by George Herbert

LOVE bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,
   Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
   From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
   If I lack'd anything.

'A guest,' I answer'd, 'worthy to be here:'
   Love said, 'You shall be he.'
'I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
   I cannot look on Thee.'
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
   'Who made the eyes but I?'

'Truth, Lord; but I have marr'd them: let my shame
   Go where it doth deserve.'
'And know you not,' says Love, 'Who bore the blame?'
   'My dear, then I will serve.'
'You must sit down,' says Love, 'and taste my meat.'
   So I did sit and eat.


Comments about Love by George Herbert

  • (3/9/2018 9:08:00 AM)


    Beautiful and heart melting. (Report) Reply

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  • Joshua Adeyemi (4/15/2017 3:33:00 PM)


    Indeed a poet.... Using love to represent Jesus Christ-the saviour of the world. Love this so much! (Report) Reply

  • (2/16/2009 5:05:00 PM)


    i love the love which is in this poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003



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