Analysis of The H. Scriptures I

George Herbert 1593 (Montgomery) – 1633 (Bemerton)



Oh Book! infinite sweetness! let my heart
Suck ev'ry letter, and a honey gain,
Precious for any grief in any part;
To clear the breast, to mollify all pain.
Thou art all health, health thriving, till it make
A full eternity:  thou art a mass
Of strange delights, where we may wish and take.
Ladies, look here; this is the thankfull glass,
That mends the looker's eyes:  this is the well
That washes what it shows.  Who can endear
Thy praise too much? thou art heav'n's Lidger here,
Working against the states of death and hell.
Thou art joy's handsel:  heav'n lies flat in thee,
Subject to ev'ry mounter's bended knee.


Scheme ABABCDCDEFFEGG
Poetic Form
Metre 1110010111 111000101 1011010101 110111011 1111110111 0101001101 1101111101 101111011 110111101 1101111101 111111111 1001011101 111111101 01111101
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 618
Words 113
Sentences 9
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 14
Lines Amount 14
Letters per line (avg) 34
Words per line (avg) 8
Letters per stanza (avg) 473
Words per stanza (avg) 115
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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