Love (II)

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.
1Immortal Heat, O let Thy greater flame
2    Attract the lesser to it; let those fires
3    Which shall consume the world first make it tame,
4And kindle in our hearts such true desires.
5As may consume our lusts, and make Thee way:
6    Then shall our hearts pant Thee, then shall our brain
7    All her invention on Thine altar lay,
8And there in hymns send back Thy fire again.
9Our eyes shall see Thee, which before saw dust,
10    Dust blown by wit, till that they both were blind:
11    Thou shalt recover all Thy goods in kind,
13All knees shall bow to Thee; all wits shall rise,
14And praise Him Who did make and mend our eyes.


12] disseized: dispossessed. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.315; RPO 1996-2000.