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Poem by George Herbert


The Holdfast


I threatened to observe the strict decree
Of my deare God with all my power and 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. 



George Herbert


George Herbert's other poems:
  1. Sin's Round
  2. Charms and Knots
  3. Clasping of Hands
  4. The British Church
  5. Love (Immortal Love, authour of this great frame)


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