A poem – Prayer by George Herbert

I thought it past time there was some poetry here, and so I have turned back to George Herbert, and a poem on prayer seems fitting this week. In searching for this poem I discovered that Ben Myers at Faith and Theology had written a paper, and a blog post, featuring this poem, called prayer, language, silence. Read the last paragraph if nothing else.

Prayer (I)
by George Herbert

Prayer the church’s banquet, angel’s age,
      God’s breath in man returning to his birth,
      The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth
Engine against th’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r,
      Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
      The six-days world transposing in an hour,
A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;
Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,
      Exalted manna, gladness of the best,
      Heaven in ordinary, man well drest,
The milky way, the bird of Paradise,
      Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul’s blood,
      The land of spices; something understood.

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