George Herbert

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

Previous Month February 2014 Next Month
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 1 2
Poem of the Day
Select a day from the calendar.
Would you like to see the poem of the day in your e-mail box every morning?
Your email address:
  Subscribe FREE
  Unsubscribe

Mattins


I cannot ope mine eyes,
But thou art ready there to catch
My morning-soul and sacrifice:
Then we must needs for that day make a match.

My God, what is a heart?
Silver, or gold, or precious stone,
Or star, or rainbow, or a part
Of all these things or all of them in one?

My God, what is a heart?
That thou should'st it so eye, and woo,
Pouring upon it all thy art,
As if that thou hadst nothing else to do?

Indeed man's whole estate
Amounts (and richly) to serve thee:
He did not heav'n and earth create,
Yet studies them, not him by whom they be.

Teach me thy love to know;
That this new light, which now I see,
May both the work and workman show:
Then by a sun-beam I will climb to thee.

Submitted: Friday, November 28, 2003

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

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: rainbow, silver, star, work, god, sun, light, heart

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 (Mattins by George Herbert )

Enter the verification code :

  • Onyeka Ajah (2/5/2014 11:19:00 AM)

    He did not heav'n and earth create yet studies them, not him by whom they be.... This is so true, everyday we have men straining to discover more about creation yet so blind about d creator! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,890 Points * Sunprincess * (2/5/2013 1:16:00 AM)

    this is the most beautiful line
    ~Then by a sun-beam I will climb to thee.~
    totally caught my attention! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 125 Points Manonton Dalan (2/5/2012 4:57:00 AM)

    reading poem like this on sunday morning
    is very good start for me as christian. yes,
    teach me thy love to know so i won't be
    lost among genius of your flock. md (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 125 Points BreOnna Schneck (2/5/2010 9:00:00 AM)

    It shows not only religious beliefs but the truth of it through words. I myself am religious and this poem describes what many may feel. Don't be put out by what others criticize on your beliefs. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 125 Points Kevin Straw (2/5/2010 8:01:00 AM)

    Beautifully written, but addressing the religionists who believe in its theology. Why are there so many religious poems in this slot? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 125 Points Joseph Poewhit (2/5/2010 6:25:00 AM)

    Herbert brings to light the conflict of worldly treasure and the calling of heavenly treasures.Bringing to mind that, yea, cannot serve mammon and GOD at the same time. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 121 Points Indira Renganathan (2/5/2010 4:13:00 AM)

    An ambitious poem rightly pleading to the Lord....
    'Teach me thy love to know;
    That this new light, which now I see,
    May both the work and workman show:
    Then by a sun-beam I will climb to thee....very lovable words from an ancestral poet of 16th to 17th century (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 121 Points Terence George Craddock (2/5/2010 4:02:00 AM)

    I cannot ope mine eyes,
    But thou art ready there to catch
    My morning-soul and sacrifice:
    Is this not beautiful? God eagerly waiting to embrace, his soul his heart each morning. A heart described in metaphor so descriptively. A heart eager to be taught and know God's love with each new light, a heart wanting to climb up to God upon a sun-beam. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 156 Points Ramesh T A (2/5/2010 12:54:00 AM)

    Before the eye opens in the morning Sun gives more than needed by its light! What an heart - gold, silver and diamonds and stars, rainbow and all in one! Such a love the poet wants from God to do best in the world! Nice request indeed! (Report) Reply

Read all 13 comments »

New Poems

  1. My eyelids, Sergio Jaime
  2. I Am Woman, Poetic Lilly Emery
  3. Unnamed Emotions, Monica Mohan
  4. Canon fire, Cee Bea
  5. Haiku ' Sea', miken newman
  6. The House on the Hill, Cathy Hodgson
  7. Haiku 8, Kim Barney
  8. $hOpErS LOVe $hOpIng - but, sEaN nOrTh
  9. Tras mis párpados, Sergio Jaime
  10. Future Fast Forward, Nalini Jyotsana Chaturvedi

Poem of the Day

I

Our life is twofold; Sleep hath its own world,
A boundary between the things misnamed
Death and existence: Sleep hath its own world,
And a wide realm of wild reality,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet May Swenson

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  2. The City Planners, Margaret Atwood
  3. The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  6. In Flanders Field, John McCrae
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. A Little Song Of Life, Lizette Woodworth Reese

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]