The Pulley

Posted April 1, 2018 11:59 pm by Father W. Terence Sehl

THE PULLEY

When God at first made man,
Having a glass of blessings standing by,
“Let us,” said He, “pour on him all we can;
Let the world’s riches, which dispersed lie,
Contract into a span.”

So strength first made a way;
Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honour, pleasure,
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that, alone of all His treasure,
Rest in the bottom lay.

“For if I should,” said He,
“Bestow this jewel also on My creature,
He would adore my gifts instead of Me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature;
So both should losers be.

“Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlessness:
Let him be rich and weary, that at least,
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness
May toss him to My breast.”

GEORGE HERBERT

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