26. September 2010

The Windows (George Herbert)

Edward Burne-Jones, Salvator Mundi
(St Michael and All Angels, Waterford)

LORD, how can man preach thy eternall word ?
He is a brittle crazy glasse :
Yet in thy temple thou dost him afford
This glorious and transcendent place,
To be a window, through thy grace.

But when thou dost anneal in glasse thy storie,
Making thy life to shine within
The holy Preachers, then the light and glorie
More rev'rend grows, and more doth win ;
Which else shows watrish, bleak, and thin.

Doctrine and life, colours and light, in one
When they combine and mingle, bring
A strong regard and awe : but speech alone
Doth vanish like a flaring thing,
And in the eare, not conscience ring.

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