Holy Mr. Herbert
- Died March 1, 1633 in Bemerton, England
- Studied at Trinity College, Cambridge
- Was a skilled lutenist
- Served as a member of Parliament for Montgomery in 1624 and 1625
- Married Jane Danvers on March 5, 1629
- Gave a home to three orphaned nieces
- In 1633, his book The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations was published
____________ The Pulley _____________
When God at first made man,
Having a glass of blessings standing by,
“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 flowed, 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.”
Explanation of "The Pulley"
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