Poetry Wednesday

godOK, it was originally Poetry Tuesday, or maybe it was Thursday. Anyway, in the interim between then and now I have read several I want to share. Please feel free to comment, interpret, share one back, tell me how lame it is, whatever. This is the original Old English version.

from The Temple (1633), by George Herbert:

The Pulley

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 worlds riches, which dispersed lie,
Contract into a span.

So strength first made a way ;
Then beauty flowed, 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.


2 Responses to “Poetry Wednesday”

  1. schmoffly Says:

    Sooo…the poem says that God did not give us “rest?”

  2. mccoolio Says:

    Maybe that we’re restless. Paul says in Romans that” the whole creation groans, awaiting the redemption of the sons of God. This world is not our home, we’re just a passing through!!! We’re aliens and strangers in this world.

    Jesus does give us rest though. Good catch!

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