The Hold-fast

Original Text: 
George Herbert, The temple. Sacred poems and private ejaculations, edited by N. Ferrar (Cambridge: T. Buck and R. Daniel, 1633). STC 13183. Facs. edn. Menston: Scolar Press, 1968. PR 3507 T45 1633A. Also The Bodleian Manuscript of George Herbert's Poems: A Facsimile of Tanner 307, Introduced by Amy M. Charles and Mario A. Di Cesare. Delmar: Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints, 1984. PR 3507 T45 1984 Robarts Library.
1I threaten'd to observe the strict decree
2    Of my dear God with all my power and might;
3    But I was told by one it could not be;
4Yet I might trust in God to be my light.
5"Then will I trust," said I, "in Him alone."
6    "Nay, e'en to trust in Him was also His:
7    We must confess that nothing is our own."
8"Then I confess that He my succour is."
9"But to have nought is ours, not to confess
10    That we have nought." I stood amaz'd at this,
11    Much troubled, till I heard a friend express
12That all things were more ours by being His;
13    What Adam had, and forfeited for all,
14    Christ keepeth now, who cannot fail or fall.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.318; RPO 1996-2000.