Gratefulnesse

As it is Sunday, the one day of the week that worship is expected of us, and a day meant for reflection on what God has done for us and does for us, I thought I would post this poem by George Herbert – one of my favourites amongst many memorable verses, and as usual containing much wisdom pertaining to man and his relationship to God:

Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart.
See how thy beggar works on thee
By art.

 

He makes thy gifts occasion more,
And says, If he in this be crossed,
All thou hast given him heretofore

Is lost.

 

But thou didst reckon, when at first
Thy word our hearts and hands did crave,
What it would come to at the worst
To save.

 

Perpetual knockings at thy door,
Tears sullying thy transparent rooms,
Gift upon gift, much would have more,
And comes.

 

This not withstanding, thou wenst on,
And didst allow us all our noise:
Nay thou hast made a sigh and groan
Thy joys.

 

Not that thou hast not still above
Much better tunes, than groans can make;
But that these country-airs thy love
Did take.

 

Wherefore I cry, and cry again;
And in no quiet canst thou be,
Till I a thankful heart obtain
Of thee:

 

Not thankful, when it pleaseth me;
As if thy blessings had spare days:
But such a heart, whose pulse may be
Thy praise.

 

 
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