Singing with mind and heart

24 Apr 2022 | Church | 0 comments

The fineness which a hymn or psalm affords,

Is, when the soul unto the lines accords.


He who craves all the mind,

And all the soul, and strength, and time,

If the words only rhyme,

Justly complains, that somewhat is behind

To make his verse, or write a hymn in kind.


Whereas if the heart be moved,

Although the verse be somewhat scant,

God doth supply the want.

As when the heart says (sighing to be approved)

‘O, could I love!’ And stops: God writeth, ‘Loved!’.


George Herbert, (1593-1633).

Notes from the Compiler


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