Give me simplicity

29 Apr 2022 | Grace of God | 0 comments

A wreathed garland of deserved praise,

Of praise, deserved unto thee I give,

I give to thee, who knowest all my ways,

My crooked winding ways, wherein I live,

Wherein I die, not live; for life is straight,

Straight as a line, and ever tends to thee,

To thee, who art more far above deceit,

Than deceit seems above simplicity.

Give me simplicity, that I may live,

So live and like, that I may know thy ways,

Know them and practise them; then shall I give

For this poor wreath, give thee a crown of praise.


George Herbert (1593-1633).

Notes from the Compiler


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