George Herbert

(3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633 / Montgomery, Wales)

Affliction (III)


My heart did heave, and there came forth, 'O God'!
By that I knew that thou wast in the grief,
To guide and govern it to my relief,
Making a sceptre of the rod:
Hadst thou not had thy part,
Sure the unruly sigh had broke my heart.

But since thy breath gave me both life and shape,
Thou know'st my tallies; and when there's assigned
So much breath to a sigh, what's then behind?
Or if some years with it escape,
The sigh then only is
A gale to bring me sooner to my bliss.

Thy life on earth was grief, and thou art still
Constant unto it, making it to be
A point of honour now to grieve in me,
And in thy members suffer ill.
They who lament one cross,
Thou dying daily, praise thee to thy loss.

Submitted: Thursday, February 26, 2004

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: grief, loss, heart, god, life

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Affliction (III) by George Herbert )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

New Poems

  1. chibok girls, ademola oluwabusayo
  2. Inaudible Words, Naveed Akram
  3. Russell's Loss, Paul Hartal
  4. Truth Lies - Kid's Stuff -howtobuilddefe.., sEaN nOrTh
  5. The Man I Met, Buxton Shippy
  6. The Penance Of Unguarded Selfishness., Bazi alis Subrata Ray
  7. Plants Hurt, Naveed Akram
  8. My love for my birth land, binod bastola
  9. Critically Evaluating…Lois Lerner's 'Tru.., James B. Earley
  10. My wondrous dream, Nalini Chaturvedi

Poem of the Day

poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon;
How restlessly they speed, and gleam, and quiver,
Streaking the darkness radiantly!--yet soon
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Jessie Mackay

 
[Hata Bildir]