Prayer (I)

Prayer the Church's banquet, angels' 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 tower,
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.

by George Herbert

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Wow...intriguing! . Prayer is the key! . Thanks for Sharing with us.
One of the best loved of all H's poems: a list of analogies for prayer - and that last line of the couplet: a) in my memory forever; and b) could be a line from a much more modern poem (20th-21st century) No wonder Eliot liked the 'Metaphysicals'...