easter monday poetry

This Easter Monday, I think I’ll let one of my favourite poets have a word:

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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.

George Herbert

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A great God, one crazy husband, five home-schooled children, and a (post-island) life at the tip of Africa ...
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4 Responses to easter monday poetry

  1. Beth Lowe says:

    Hey Corli
    Lovely to hear from you.
    Trust you are are well.
    Sending loads of LOVE

  2. So lovely; thanks for posting! A good reminder that God’s love for me is far greater than I comprehend, much less live out on a daily basis. Hope all is well in your corner of the northwest! :)

  3. sue says:

    Aah, Corli. I stumbled upon your blog via Se7en and have been enjoying a brief visit. Thank you for the poem – one of my all time favourites. A soul- feeder! We look fwd to seeing you back in CT!

    • Corli says:

      Hi Sue, thank you for saying hi, it is so good to hear from you!
      Glad to discover another George Herbert fan!

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