Scott Hodge


Commemorating George Herbert

Feb 27, 2011
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Today (February 27th), the church commemorates the life of English pastor and poet, George Herbert. Thought I’d post one of my favorite poems of his.  It’s based on the paradoxical nature of our lives: the seen and unseen, the temporal and the eternal, the sacred and the mundane. Based on Colossians 3:3.

My words and thoughts do both express this notion,
That    Life hath with the sun a double motion,
The first     Is straight and our diurnal friend,
The other        Hid and doth obliquely bend,
One life is wrapt     In flesh and tends to earth,
The other winds towards Him whose happy birth
Taught me to live here so,       That still one eye
Should aim and shoot at that which Is on high:
Quitting with daily labor all                      My pleasure,
To gain harvest and eternal                             Treasure.

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