George Herbert

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

Peace - Poem by George Herbert

Sweet Peace, where dost thou dwell? I humbly crave,
Let me once know.
I sought thee in a secret cave,
And ask'd, if Peace were there,
A hollow wind did seem to answer, No:
Go seek elsewhere.

I did; and going did a rainbow note:
Surely, thought I,
This is the lace of Peace's coat:
I will search out the matter.
But while I looked the clouds immediately
Did break and scatter.

Then went I to a garden and did spy
A gallant flower,
The crown-imperial: Sure, said I,
Peace at the root must dwell.
But when I digged, I saw a worm devour
What showed so well.

At length I met a rev'rend good old man;
Whom when for Peace

I did demand, he thus began:
There was a Prince of old
At Salem dwelt, who lived with good increase
Of flock and fold.

He sweetly lived; yet sweetness did not save
His life from foes.
But after death out of his grave
There sprang twelve stalks of wheat;
Which many wond'ring at, got some of those
To plant and set.

It prospered strangely, and did soon disperse
Through all the earth:
For they that taste it do rehearse
That virtue lies therein;
A secret virtue, bringing peace and mirth
By flight of sin.

Take of this grain, which in my garden grows,
And grows for you;
Make bread of it: and that repose
And peace, which ev'ry where
With so much earnestness you do pursue,
Is only there.


Comments about Peace by George Herbert

  • Joshua Adeyemi (4/10/2017 2:33:00 PM)


    Hmmmm...Allegory....indeed peace...I love this. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/16/2016 7:42:00 PM)


    (Peace - Poem by George Herbert.) peace is a much desired commodity. Men of all ages sought for it. (Report) Reply

  • Dr Mohammad Golshani Niya (6/21/2016 3:50:00 AM)


    Dear, Big Poet
    I love this ppem of peace, I invite you to visit my poem also
    Regards
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  • Sindiswa Ndamane (6/3/2016 1:05:00 PM)


    wow, amazing art, there is a deep meaning to it, simple, sweet narrative, it has been linked to become a beautiful but emotional story..bravo! (Report) Reply

  • (3/25/2016 6:28:00 PM)


    So...to make the seeker find peace, a reverend tells a story about a peaceful man who dies at the hand of his foes...then wheat springs up from his grave and soon people were making bread from the grains...not feeling it! (Report) Reply

  • (2/26/2016 3:10:00 PM)


    great poerty on peace you can go see my poems also if you would. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (1/24/2015 12:42:00 AM)


    Great write. This id the best poem I ever read on PEACE. Its so simple and easy to relate with. True prace is not in things but the CREATOR through His Son, Jesus Christ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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