Thursday, February 24, 2011

George Herbert through the centuries

I STRUCK the board, and cry’d, No more ;
                                I will abroad.
 -George Herbert, "The Collar"

Have you ever felt like that? I certainly have...

What's fascinating about this very famous poem is that it was written by a humble clergyman (i.e. minister/priest) who also happened to be a very brilliant poet. George Herbert gave up a very lucrative political/academic career to follow his religious convictions... and the poetry he wrote about this and other opinions and decisions is still with us today.

Personally, I find it enormously comforting to know that even such a morally upstanding gentleman occasionally experienced such (unfortunately familiar) frustration.

If you're interested, the rest of the poem (which is well worth reading) can be found here:

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