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Poem by George Herbert


The Pulley


      WHEN God at first made Man,
      Having a glass of blessings standing byЧ
Let us (said He) pour on him all we can;
Let the world's riches, which dispersèd lie,
      Contract into a span.  

      So strength first made a way,
Then beauty flow'd, then wisdom, honour, pleasure:
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that, alone of all His treasure,
      Rest in the bottom lay.

      For if I should (said He)
Bestow this jewel also on My creature,
He would adore My gifts instead of Me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature:
      So both should losers be.

      Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlessness;
Let him be rich and weary, that at least,
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness
      May toss him to My breast.



George Herbert


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


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