Friday, November 12, 2004 +


Prayer (I)

Prayer the Church’s banquet, angels’ age,
  God's breath in man returning to his birth,
  The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth;
Engine against th’ Almighty, sinner's tower,
  Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
  The six-days-world transposing in an hour,
A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;
Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,
  Exalted manna, gladness of the best,
  Heaven in ordinary, man well dressed,
The milky way, the bird of paradise,
  Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul’s blood,
  The land of spices; something understood.
George Herbert