George Herbert

Here you will find the Poem The Flower of poet George Herbert

The Flower

How fresh, O Lord, how sweet and clean 
Are thy returns! ev'n as the flowers in spring; 
To which, besides their own demean, 
The late-past frosts tributes of pleasures bring. 
Grief melts away 
Like snow in May, 
As if there were no such cold thing. 

Who would have thought my shrivl'd heart 
Could have recover'd greenness? It was gone 
Quite under ground; as flowers depart 
To see their mother-root, when they have blown; 
Where they together 
All the hard weather 
Dead to the world, keep house unknown. 

These are thy wonders, Lord of power, 
Killing and quickning, bringing down to hell 
And up to heaven in an hour; 
Making a chiming of a passing-bell. 
We say amiss, 
This or that is: 
Thy word is all, if we could spell. 

O that I once past changing were, 
Fast in thy Paradise, where no flower can wither! 
Many a spring I shoot up fair, 
Off'ring at heav'n, growing and groaning thither: 
Nor doth my flower 
Want a spring-shower, 
My sins and I joining together: 

But while I grow in a straight line, 
Still upwards bent, as if heav'n were mine own, 
Thy anger comes, and I decline: 
What frost to that? what pole is not the zone, 
Where all things burn, 
When thou dost turn, 
And the least frown of thine is shown? 

And now in age I bud again, 
After so many deaths I live and write; 
I once more smell the dew and rain, 
And relish versing: O my only light, 
It cannot be 
That I am her 
On whom thy tempests fell all night. 

These are thy wonders, Lord of love, 
To make us see we are but flowers that glide: 
Which when we once can find and prove, 
Thou hast a garden for us, where to bide. 
Who would be more, 
Swelling through store, 
Forfeit their Paradise by their pride.