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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

  • Douglas Scotney 8/22/2017 10:47:00 PM

    only there in poetry, not prose Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga 8/22/2017 10:01:00 PM

    Lovely poem with a soothing narrative about peace in life. Thanks. Reply

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  • Practicing Poetess 8/22/2017 9:55:00 PM

    If you seek it diligently, you will find it (Peace.)
    It is not too likely that Mr. Herbert will read these comments, as he died of tuberculosis in 1633. He became one of England's finest metaphysical potes. His brother, Edward, became the father of English deism. George was commended by Sir Francis Bacon, and was also elected to Parliament. Many of his proverbs survive today: Whose house is of glass must not throw stones at another. Theeye is bigger than the belly. His bark is worse than his bite. Thank you, Poem Hunter, for featuring the work of this remarkable man!

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  • Alexander Julian 8/22/2017 9:32:00 PM

    This poem in its text form acts as a flight of stairs; my eyes go between each group of text, thus attraction for such a poem is greatly soothed on my end. Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion 8/22/2017 5:03:00 PM

    Peace is always hunted everywhere in the world..... Nice piece... Reply

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black 8/22/2017 11:53:00 AM

    Where can I find Peace! Peace dwells within..wonderful poem.. Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra 8/22/2017 11:46:00 AM

    That virtue lies therein;
    A secret virtue, bringing peace and mirth
    By flight of sin

    Thanks for the sharing.

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  • Edward Kofi Louis 8/22/2017 11:04:00 AM

    In a secret cave! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. Reply

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  • Kyvin Nash 8/22/2017 10:05:00 AM

    This is brilliant write, its my favourite pierce this days! Reply

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  • Ash Adetayo 8/22/2017 3:36:00 AM

    Sweet Peace, where dost thou dwell? I humbly crave,
    Let me once know, lovely peace seeker

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Peace Poems
  1. 1. The Peace Of Wild Things
    Wendell Berry
  2. 2. My Dream: A Vision Of Peace
    ToddMichael St. Pierre
  3. 3. Peace
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  4. 4. 1914 I: Peace
    Rupert Brooke
  5. 5. Peace
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  6. 6. Let Peace Prevail In This World.......
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  7. 7. In Salutation To The Eternal Peace
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  8. 8. Peace
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  9. 9. Part In Peace: Is Day Before Us?
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  10. 10. Peace Xviii
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  11. 11. ! An Angry Poem About Peace
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  12. 12. Promise Of Peace
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  13. 13. The Gardener Lxi: Peace, My Heart
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  14. 14. Peace On Earth
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  15. 15. Peace. A Study
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  16. 16. Peace
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  17. 17. I Find No Peace
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  18. 18. Rest In Peace
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  19. 19. Peace
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  20. 20. Our Lady Peace
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  21. 21. Peace
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  22. 22. A Tooth Upon Our Peace
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  23. 23. He Bids His Beloved Be At Peace
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  24. 24. The Price Of Peace
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  25. 25. O Sun Of Real Peace
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  26. 26. Monday Night May 11th 1846 / Domestic ..
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  27. 27. Peace
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  28. 28. Joy And Peace In Believing
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  29. 29. My Child Wafts Peace
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  30. 30. Peace On Earth
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  31. 31. Peace, Peace, Peace
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  32. 32. Peace
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  33. 33. To My Brother Poet, Seeking Peace
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  34. 34. I Many Times Thought Peace Had Come
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  35. 35. Peace
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  36. 36. 09 Haiku - Peace Haiku
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  37. 37. Peace You Peace Us
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  38. 38. Joy And Peace In Believing
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  39. 39. I. Peace
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  40. 40. Peace Or Poverty
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  41. 41. A Hand On Her Gown: The Peace
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  42. 42. Peace! What Do Tears Avail?
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  43. 43. Peace Restored
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  44. 44. A Sense Of Peace
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  45. 45. Ode To Peace
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  46. 46. Love, Joy, Peace And Presence
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  47. 47. The Rose Of Peace
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  48. 48. Peace Not Permanent
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  49. 49. Peace Be With You
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  50. 50. The Bankrupt Peace-Maker
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Peace Poems

  1. The Peace Of Wild Things

    When despair grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting for their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

  2. 1914 I: Peace

    Now, God be thanked Who has watched us with His hour, And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping, With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power, To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping, Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary, Leave the sick hearts that honour could not move, And half-men, and their dirty songs and dreary, And all the little emptiness of love! Oh! we, who have known shame, we have found release there, Where there's no ill, no grief, but sleep has mending, Naught broken save this body, lost but breath; Nothing to shake the laughing heart's long peace there But only agony, and that has ending; And the worst friend and enemy is but Death.

  3. Peace

    And sometimes I am sorry when the grass Is growing over the stones in quiet hollows And the cocksfoot leans across the rutted cart-pass That I am not the voice of country fellows Who now are standing by some headland talking Of turnips and potatoes or young corn Of turf banks stripped for victory. Here Peace is still hawking His coloured combs and scarves and beads of horn. Upon a headland by a whinny hedge A hare sits looking down a leaf-lapped furrow There's an old plough upside-down on a weedy ridge And someone is shouldering home a saddle-harrow. Out of that childhood country what fools climb To fight with tyrants Love and Life and Time?

  4. My Dream: A Vision Of Peace

    Where the mountains touch the sky, Where poets DREAM, where eagles fly, A secret place above the crowd, Just beneath a silver-lined cloud. Lift your eyes to a snowy peak, And see the soon-to-be we seek. Whisper DREAMS and let them rise, To the mountains old and wise. Climbers climb, it's time to try, Where the mountains touch the sky. Take me there. Oh take me now, Someway, Someday, Somewhere, Somehow. Where the ocean meets the sky, Where mermaid dance, where seagulls fly, A place in DREAMS I know so well, The sea inside a single shell. Far across the living sea, A pale blue possibility, Beyond the castles made of sand, Tomorrow in a small child's hand. Only DREAMERS need apply, Where the ocean meets the sky. Take me there. Oh take me now, Someway, Someday, Somewhere, Somehow. A common ground for one and all, Behind the crystal waterfall, Where Peace flows like a mighty stream, Like Dr. King I have a DREAM. Imagine such a goal in sight, For red and yellow, black and white… New Delhi, Beijing, Kenya, Rome, Earth is the place that we call home. Baghdad, Belfast, Tel Aviv, One race HUMAN, we still believe, Come DREAM with me... Where the forests reach the sky, Wake to DREAMS, and don’t be shy. We’ll DREAM the world a thorn-less rose; We’ll plant then watch it as it grows. We’ll conquer hate with DREAMS of hope, We’ll DREAM one big kaleidoscope. Whisper now; let the DREAM begin, It's time to trust the truth within. This is where we seek and find… A place called PEACE for humankind. DREAM on DREAMERS, hopes are high, Where the forests reach the sky. Take me there. Oh take me now, Someway, Someday, Somewhere, Somehow. Now, listen close, the future calls... 'Build your bridges and tear down walls! ' For time has taught and so it seems, Realities are born of DREAMS! Whisper DREAMS and let them rise, To the mountains old and wise.