Love (III)

In college, I took a course in British Literature, and I’ve never regretted it. One of the best parts of that class was being introduced to George Herbert.  Here is one of his poems that has meant the most to me.

Love (III)
by George Herbert

Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey’d Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lack’d anything.

“A guest,” I answer’d, “worthy to be here”;
Love said, “You shall be he.”
“I, the unkind, the ungrateful? ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee.”
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
“Who made the eyes but I?”

“Truth, Lord, but I have marr’d them; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.”
“And know you not,” says Love, “who bore the blame?”
“My dear, then I will serve.”
“You must sit down,” says Love, “and taste my meat.”
So I did sit and eat.


*Read more from Herbert’s work, The Temple.


  1. Gosh, not only Dr Who….George Herbert is my favourite poet, I have the Everyman edition of his complete English works next to my bed.

  2. You’re on…

    Right, back to preparing Colossians 1:23-25….and trying not to give into temptation and watch Piper live on CS Lewis….

  3. Ha! Doubt there’s another! Yeah, I’m watching it. He brought up all the questions I’ve had about Lewis at the beginning, so this should be good.

  4. I’ve been good and turned it off – cos I really have to work; I’ll get it on mp3 and listen on my walk. I’m a CSL nerd, so I’m looking forward to it (I served Earl Grey tea in Lewis’s dining room in Oxford a couple of years ago! I’m that bad…)

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