Poetry, Volume 9

George Herbert – Five Favorite Poems


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 Invitation
George Herbert

COme ye hither all, whose taste
             Is your waste;
Save your cost, and mend your fare.
God is here prepar’d and drest,
             And the feast,
God, in whom all dainties are.

Come ye hither all, whom wine
             Doth define,
Naming you not to your good:
Weep what ye have drunk amisse,
             And drink this,
Which before ye drink1 is bloud.

Come ye hither all, whom pain
             Doth arraigne,
Bringing all your sinnes to sight:
Taste and fear not: God is here
             In this cheer,
And on sinne doth cast the fright.

Come ye hither all, whom joy
             Doth destroy,
While ye graze without your bounds:
Here is joy that drowneth quite
             Your delight,
As a floud the lower grounds.

Come ye hither all, whose love
             Is your dove,
And exalts you to the skie:
Here is love, which having breath
             Ev’n in death,
After death can never die.

Lord I have invited all,
             And I shall
Still invite, still call to thee:
For it seems but just and right
             In my sight,
Where is all, there all should be.


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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