Saturday, March 31, 2018

No lodging for thee, but a cold hard stone? (George Herbert)

  O blessed body!  Whither art thou thrown? 
No lodging for thee, but a cold hard stone? 
So many hearts on heart, and yet not one 
Receive thee? 
Sure there is room within our hearts good store; 
For they can lodge transgressions by the score:  
Thousands of toys dwell there, yet out of door 
They leave thee. 
But that which shows them large, shows them unfit. 
Whatever sin did this pure rock commit, 
Which holds thee now?  Who hath indicted it 
Of murder? 
Where our hard hearts have took up stones to brain thee, 
And missing this, most falsely did arraign thee; 
Only these stones in quiet entertain thee, 
And order. 
And as of old, the law by heav’nly art, 
Was writ in stone; so thou, which also art 
The letter of the word, find’st no fit heart 
To hold thee. 
Yet do we still persist as we began, 
And so should perish, but that nothing can, 
Though it be cold, hard, foul, from loving man 
Withhold thee. 

--George Herbert, Sepulchre                   

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