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WHEN SOULS HAD WINGS:

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:49 am    Post subject: WHEN SOULS HAD WINGS: Reply with quote

When Souls had Wings: Premortal Life in Western Thought

Quotation from George Herbert’s “When Souls had Wings: Premortal Life in Western Thought

In the age of Shakespeare, the clergyman poet George Herbert re-imagined the creation of Adam in such a way as to make sense of our yearning for the divine, the eternal, the ineffable.

When God at first made man,
Having a glasse of blessings standing by;
Let us (said he) poure on him all we can:
Let the world’s riches, which dispersed lie,
Contract into a span.

So strength first made a way;
Then beautie flow’d, then wisdome, honour, pleasure:
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that alone of all his treasure
Rest in the bottome lay.

For if I should (said he)
Bestow this jewell also on my creature,
He would adore my gifts in stead 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 restlesnesse:
Let him be rich and wearie, that at least,
If goodnesse lead him not, yet wearinesse
May tosse him to my breast.
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