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Prayer (I)
(3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633 / Montgomery, Wales)

Prayer (I)

Poem By George Herbert

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.

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now I understand why the BBC sunday morning religious program is called 'something understood'
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'...


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