More George Herbert!

Following yesterday’s quartet of George Herbert poems, here is one more (just because I love him so very much, and am going through one of my recurrent phases of gorging myself on his poetry), another personal favourite – The Elixir:


Teach me, my God and King,

In all things Thee to see,

And what I do in anything,

To do it as for Thee.


Not rudely, as a beast,

To run into action;

But still to make Thee prepossest,

And give it his perfection.


A man that looks on glass,

On it may stay his eye,

Or, if he pleaseth, through it pass,

And then the heav’n espy.


All may of Thee partake;

Nothing can be so mean

Which with his tincture (for Thy sake)

Will not grow bright and clean.


A servant with this clause

Makes drudgery divine:

Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws,

Makes that and th’ action fine.


This is the famous stone

That turneth all to gold;

For that which God doth touch and own

Cannot for less be told.


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