Sunday, January 4

The first poem of 2009

My heart was settled on George Herbert’s (1593-1633) The Pulley. Do you know what Pulley means? Well I tell you what Pulley is. Pulley, according to Oxford English Dictionary, is a “noun,” no doubt, but it is a “wheel or set of wheels over which a rope or chain is pulled in order to lift or lower heavy objects”. But what such a noun has to do with a poem is an inquiry of kind, that results in an appreciation for a poetic language that had been used to express a certain idea about the working of a Divine power in creating man in His own Image.

And here is the poem:

The Pulley

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 worlds riches, which dispersed lie;
Contract into a span.

So strengths 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 jewel 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 restlessnesse:
Let him be rich and wearie, that at least,
If goodnesse leade him not, yet wearinesse
May tosse him to my breast


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Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to You too!