Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C)

With the dawn of a new church year, we have launched a new feature on our website, a weekly post of poetry that resonates with the lectionary readings for that week.

 
 

*** Revised Common Lectionary ***

Lectionary Reading:
Acts 16:9-15

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Love (III)
George Herbert

Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
                    Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
                    From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
                    If I lacked any thing.

A guest, I answered, worthy to be here:
                    Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
                    I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
                    Who made the eyes but I?

Truth Lord, but I have marred them: let my shame
                    Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
                    My dear, then I will serve.
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:
                    So I did sit and eat.

*** This poem is in the public domain,
and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.

 

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