George Herbert’s Love


by George Herbert

George Herbert

LOVE bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,    

Guilty of dust and sin.

But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack   

 From my first entrance in,

Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning    

If I lack’d anything.

‘A guest,’ I answer’d, ‘worthy to be here:’    

Love said, ‘You shall be he.’

‘I, the unkind, ungrateful?

Ah, my dear,    

I cannot look on Thee.’

Love took my hand and smiling did reply,    

‘Who made the eyes but I?’

‘Truth, Lord; but I have marr’d them: let my shame    

Go where it doth deserve.’

‘And know you not,’ says Love, ‘Who bore the blame?’    

‘My dear, then I will serve.’

‘You must sit down,’ says Love, ‘and taste my meat.’    

So I did sit and eat.

(image of George Herbert from  Anne Rein in Favorite Poets)

4 thoughts on “George Herbert’s Love

  1. I have dearly loved Herbert’s poetry since I discovered him in 2005. I even wrote a graduate paper on the nature of sacrifice in Herbert’s “The Temple.” Love (III) is beautiful – divine love in heaven overcoming our unworthiness. Thank you for posting. 🙂

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