Love (II)

George Herbert 1593 (Montgomery) – 1633 (Bemerton)



Immortal Heat, O let thy greater flame
Attract the lesser to it: let those fires
Which shall consume the world, first make it tame,
And kindle in our hearts such true desires,

As may consume our lusts, and make thee way.
Then shall our hearts pant thee; then shall our brain
All her invention on thine Altar lay,
And there in hymnes send back thy fire again:

Our eies shall see thee, which before saw dust;
Dust blown by wit, till that they both were blinde:
Thou shalt recover all thy goods in kinde,
Who wert disseized by usurping lust:

All knees shall bow to thee; all wits shall rise,
And praise him who did make and mend our eies.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 29, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB CXCX DDDD XB
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 630
Words 122
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 2

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