George Herbert  “The Holdfast”

George Herbert  “The Holdfast”

“The Holdfast” articulates the belief that human salvation cannot be achieved through any human virtues or righteousness, but solely depends on the divine will. This poem is one of a series that critiques human rationalism and celebrates the Reformation doctrine of grace. Herbert encapsulates the teachings about divine grace in the form of a sonnet in this work.


George Herbert  “The Holdfast”


George Herbert  “The Holdfast”
George Herbert  “The Holdfast”



The Holdfast

                                  George Herbert


I threatened to observe the strict decree

Of my deare God with all my power & might.

But I was told by one, it could not be;

Yet I might trust in God to be my light.

Then I will trust, said I, in him alone.

Nay, ev’n to trust in him, was also his:

We must confesse that nothing is our own.

Then I confesse that he my succour is:

But to have nought is ours, not to confesse

That we have nought. I stood amaz’d at this,

Much troubled, till I heard a friend expresse,

That all things were more ours by being his.

What Adam had, and forfeited for all,

Christ keepeth now, who cannot fail or fall.


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