Wednesday, February 27, 2008

George Herbert (1593-1633)

Today is the feast day of George Herbert, best known for The Country Parson and The Temple. George turned away from a promising career as a Member of Parliament to become a country parson. He also wrote prose and poetry that has endured.

Here is a sample:

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.

or this:

The Country Parson values Catechizing highly: for there being three points of his duty, the one, to infuse a competent knowledge of salvation in every one of his Flock; the other, to multiply, and build up this knowledge, to a spiritual Temple; the third, to inflame this knowledge, to press, and drive it to practice, turning it to reformation of life, by pithy and lively exhortations; Cathechizing is the first point, and but by Cathechizing, the other cannot be attained.

or this, my favorite of all George Herbert' writings (Hymn No. 387, The Hymnal 1982):

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life;
such a way as gives us breath;
such a truth as ends all strife;
such a life as killeth death.

Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength;
such a light as shows a feast;
such a feast as mends in length;
such a strength as makes his guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart;
such a joy as none can move;
such a love as none can part;
such a heart as joys in love.

Here's a quiz: Which President of the United States was named after this man?

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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