Sunday, 8 April 2007

Easter

I got me flowers to straw thy way;
I got me boughs off many a tree:
But thou wast up by break of day,
And brought’st thy sweets along with thee.

The Sun arising in the East,
Though he give light, and th’ East perfume;
If they should offer to contest
With thy arising, they presume.

Can there be any day but this,
Though many suns to shine endeavour?
We count three hundred, but we miss:
There is but one, and that one ever.

—George Herbert, from “Easter” (1633).

1 Comment:

Jim Gordon said...

Hi Ben, first, may the peace, hope and joy of Easter fill your heart.

Your book meme pre-dated my entry into the world of blogging. So I never did it. But on any list of mine (read more than once - glad it was written) would be George Herbert, God's 'Secretary of Praise'. Theological vision, spiritual precision, irenic spirit, and biblical imagination - so much in such small compass. Thanks for Herbert's take on Easter - and for the reminder of this gentle Anglican's gift to the church.

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