Love (II)

By George Herbert 1593–1633 George Herbert
Immortal Heat, O let Thy greater flame
      Attract the lesser to it; let those fires
      Which shall consume the world first make it tame,
And kindle in our hearts such true desires.
As may consume our lusts, and make Thee way:
      Then shall our hearts pant Thee, then shall our brain
      All her invention on Thine altar lay,
And there in hymns send back Thy fire again.
Our eyes shall see Thee, which before saw dust,
      Dust blown by wit, till that they both were blind:
      Thou shalt recover all Thy goods in kind,
Who wert disseized by usurping lust:
All knees shall bow to Thee; all wits shall rise,
And praise Him Who did make and mend our eyes.

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Poet George Herbert 1593–1633

POET’S REGION Wales

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Faith & Doubt, Religion, Relationships, Love, Christianity, God & the Divine, Romantic Love, Infatuation & Crushes

Poetic Terms Metaphor, Sonnet

 George  Herbert

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Nestled somewhere within the Age of Shakespeare and the Age of Milton is George Herbert. There is no Age of Herbert: he did not consciously fashion an expansive literary career for himself, and his characteristic gestures, insofar as these can be gleaned from his poems and other writings, tend to be careful self-scrutiny rather than rhetorical pronouncement; local involvement rather than broad social engagement; and complex, . . .

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SUBJECT Faith & Doubt, Religion, Relationships, Love, Christianity, God & the Divine, Romantic Love, Infatuation & Crushes

POET’S REGION Wales

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Poetic Terms Metaphor, Sonnet

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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