George Herbert

Here you will find the Poem Sunday of poet George Herbert


O day most calm, most bright 
The fruit of this, the next world's bud, 
Th'endorsement of supreme delight, 
Writ by a friend, and with his blood; 
The couch of time; care's balm and bay: 
The week were dark, but for thy light: 
Thy torch doth show the way. 

The other days and thou 
Make up one man; whose face thou art, 
Knocking at heaven with thy brow: 
The worky-days are the back-part; 
The burden of the week lies there, 
Making the whole to stoop and bow, 
Till thy release appear. 

Man had straight forward gone 
To endless death: but thou dost pull 
And turn us round to look on one, 
Whom, if we were not very dull, 
We could not choose to look on still; 
Since there is no place so alone, 
The which he doth not fill. 

Sundays the pillars are, 
On which heav'n's palace arched lies: 
The other days fill up the spare 
And hollow room with vanities. 
They are the fruitful beds and borders 
In God's rich garden: that is bare, 
Which parts their ranks and orders. 

The Sundays of man's life, 
Threaded together on time's string, 
Make bracelets to adorn the wife 
Of the eternal glorious King. 
On Sunday heaven's gate stands ope; 
Blessings are plentiful and rife, 
More plentiful than hope. 

This day my Saviour rose, 
And did enclose this light for his: 
That, as each beast his manger knows, 
Man might not of his fodder miss. 
Christ hath took in this piece of ground, 
And made a garden there for those 
Who want herbs for their wound. 

The rest of our Creation 
Our great Redeemer did remove 
With the same shake, which at his passion 
Did th'earth and all things with it move. 
As Samson bore the doors away, 
Christ's hands, though nail'd, wrought our salvation, 
And did unhinge that day. 

The brightness of that day 
We sullied by our foul offence: 
Wherefore that robe we cast away, 
Having a new at his expense, 
Whose drops of bloud paid the full price, 
That was requir'd to make us gay, 
And fit for Paradise. 

Thou art a day of mirth: 
And where the weekdays trail on ground, 
Thy flight is higher, as thy birth. 
O let me take thee at the bound, 
Leaping with thee from sev'n to sev'n, 
Till that we both, being toss'd from earth, 
Fly hand in hand to heav'n!