George Herbert – Five Favorite Poems

June 24, 2016 — Leave a comment

 

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In honor of the elegant new collection of George Herbert’s poems from Cambridge University Press, here are five of our favorite poems of his that are featured in this new book:

 

George Herbert: 100 Poems

Hardback: Cambridge UP, June 2016.
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The Holdfast
George Herbert


I threatened to observe the strict decree
             Of my deare God with all my power & might.
             But I was told by one, it could not be;
Yet I might trust in God to be my light.

Then will I trust, said I, in him alone.
             Nay, ev’n to trust in him, was also his:
             We must confesse that nothing is our own.
Then I confesse that he my succour is:

But to have nought is ours, not to confesse
             That we have nought. I stood amaz’d at this,
             Much troubled, till I heard a friend expresse,
That all things were more ours by being his.
             What Adam had, and forfeited for all,
             Christ keepeth now, who cannot fail or fall.

 

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