George Herbert "Love(III)"

George Herbert “Love(III)”

“Love (III)” is a poem that dramatizes the act of partaking in the Holy Communion and the entrance of a redeemed soul into heaven. It portrays the ultimate spiritual relationship between God and humans. In the poem, love is depicted as the host and the soul as the guest. The narrative begins with the host welcoming the guest, who feels weary from the journey and unworthy of the invitation.

 

 

George Herbert “Love(III)”

George Herbert "Love(III)"
George Herbert “Love(III)”

 

 

Love(III)

                                      George Herbert

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,

Guiltie of dust and sinne.

But quick-ey’d Love, observing me grow slack

From my first entrance in,

Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,

If I lack’d any thing.

A guest, I answer’d, worthy to be here:

Love said, ‘You shall be he.

I, the unkinde, ungratefull? Ah my dear,

I cannot look on thee.

Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,

Who made the eyes but I?

Truth Lord, but I have marr’d them: let my shame

Go where it doth deserve.

And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?

My dear, then I will serve.

You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:

So I did sit and eat.

 

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