Saturday, November 04, 2006

Two different recent conversations caused me to think of the following wonderful poem, which means that I must post, must post. Enjoy!

by: George Herbert (1593-1632)

WHEN God at first made Man,
Having a glass of blessings standing by--
Let us (said He) pour on him all we can;
Let the world's riches, which dispers├Ęd lie,
Contract into a span.

So strength first made a way,
Then beauty flow'd, then wisdom, honour, pleasure:
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that, alone of all His treasure,
Rest in the bottom lay.

For if I should (said He)
Bestow this jewel also on My creature,
He would adore My gifts instead of Me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature:
So both should losers be.

Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlessness;
Let him be rich and weary, that at least,
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness
May toss him to My breast.


Anonymous said...

I love this poem! Thanks for posting it!


Fieldfleur said...

Me too, Beth. Although I think "Love" is my fave. It's the most beautiful poem ever, methins! "Love bade me welcome ... " I'll have to post that one soon.

Take care,