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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Easter

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George Herbert

RISE heart ; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise
Without delayes,
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
With him mayst rise :
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more just.

Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part
With all thy art.
The crosse taught all wood to resound his name
Who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key
Is best to celebrate this most high day.

Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song
Pleasant and long :
Or since all music is but three parts vied,
And multiplied ;
O let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
And make up our defects with his sweet art.



I got me flowers to straw thy way ;
I got me boughs off many a tree :
But thou wast up by break of day,
And brought’st thy sweets along with thee.

The Sunne arising in the East,
Though he give light, and th’ East perfume ;
If they should offer to contest
With thy arising, they presume.

Can there be any day but this,
Though many sunnes to shine endeavour ?
We count three hundred, but we misse :
There is but one, and that one ever.


Herbert, George. The Poetical Works of George Herbert.
New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1857. 236-238.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Antonio said...

Happy Easter, Mr. Jeff!

And thank-you very much for all the beautiful articles about the Eucharistic sacrifice.

May God lead you into "All Truth".

Antonio

3:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Antonio! Happy Easter to you too.

all the best,

Jeff

4:43 pm  
Anonymous Antonio said...

Knowing that you are really interested in "Eucharistic sacrifice", I think I must recommend you a book I've been reading: "The Sacrament of the Altar", by Baldwin of Forde (he was Primate of England from 1184 to 1190 - a long time before the "tragic" separation of our Churches). It was very difficult to find a copy here in Argentina (maybe it's not so difficult there), but it's a great book.
Baldwin divided his book in three parts (Old Testament, New Testament, and Both together). He was an expert in the writings of the Church Fathers, and (somehow) he prepared the path to the future "scholastics".

7:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Antonio! I will look into this at the library here. If you run across anything else, please do send it my way.

all the best,

Jeff

11:45 am  

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