Tag Archives: George Herbert

The Real Temple Can’t Be Destroyed

Like Jesus, George Herbert (in “Scion”) sees the temple, not as a physical structure, but as the human heart.

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Standing Beside Us, Even As We Grieve

In a sonnet written for All Souls’ Day, Malcolm Guite writes that, when we grieve, we are supported by all who have passed on, who reflect Christ’s light.

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Cheer and Tune My Heartless Breast

About prayer, Jesus at one point said to pay as though you are a desperate widow before an indifferent judge. Much of Herbert’s poetry sees God in this light.

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At Easter, God Pushes through Doubt

Easter Sunday Sue Schmidt, occasional contributor to this blog and one of the most spiritual people I know, alerted me to this Jeanne Murray Walker poem about wrestling with doubt. Although it’s not explicitly an Easter poem, it describes God blazing up when everything seems empty—as God did on that Resurrection Sunday two millennia ago. […]

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Strike My Heart So the Tears Will Flow

Good Friday In her poem “Good Friday,” Christina Rossetti laments that she responds to Christ’s death like a stone, not a faithful sheep. Why can’t she be like the women who wept at the foot of the cross, or Peter who wept for his betrayal, or the sun and the moon that hid their faces? […]

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Returning to the Misty Past

John Gatta’s “Spirits of Place” is helping me understand why I have chosen to retire in my home town. Wordsworth, Stowe, Homer, and Frost help out as well.

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You Must Sit Down, Says Love

Psalm 23 has an image which may help power one of George Herbert’s most beloved poems.

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Love Was with Me in the Night

May Sarton’s imagines love without weight in her poem “Christmas Light.”

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Let Me Not Love Thee If I Love Thee Not

George Herbert, never afraid to go toe-to-toe with God, grapples with his tormenting faith in “Affliction (1).”

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