Saturday, January 30, 2010

If You're Preaching Tomorrow

... particularly on the Epistle, you might consider this thought:

George Herbert (1593-1633)

Love (III)

              1Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back,
              2      Guilty of dust and sin.
              3But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
              4      From my first entrance in,
              5Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
              6      If I lack'd anything.

              7"A guest," I answer'd, "worthy to be here";
              8      Love said, "You shall be he."
              9"I, the unkind, the ungrateful? ah my dear,
            10      I cannot look on thee."
            11Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
            12      "Who made the eyes but I?"

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


Soulbuick02 said...

See also Vaughn Williams' setting in "Five Mystical Songs."

mark said...

That's great for the letter, but what about the home town story?

Diane said...

this is one of my favorite poems, ever. thanks.