George Herbert, (1593-1633), was an Anglican priest and poet. Nobly born, with a brilliant mind, highly educated and musical, he chose the life of a priest. Appointed in 1629 to St Andrew’s Chapel, Bemerton, Wiltshire, he and his wife Jane cared for his parishioners. He taught, held services and wrote poetry and hymns. Never strong, he died of consumption (TB) after only three years as a priest.
His poetry expresses his devotion to God, His Word and His Church. His principal poetic work, The Temple, moves through the church year. This is Trinity Sunday; his poem praises this mystery. Look for the “threes” throughout!
“How do you explain a doctrine that the Christian God is one yet is also three: Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Here, Herbert doesn’t try to explain – he simply illustrates...” http://www.georgeherbert.org.uk/archives/selected_work_12.html
Lord, who hast formed me out of mud,
And hast redeemed me through thy blood
And sanctified me to do good;
Purge all my sins done heretofore:
For I confess my heavy score,
And I will strive to sin no more.
Enrich my heart, mouth, hands in me,
With faith, with hope, with charity;
That I may run, rise, rest with thee.
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