The Elixir by George Herbert

Posted: March 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

This poem from the 17th century is extremely relevant to the Christian life.  I have written a short commentary on the poem that I will post a bit later (after editing).  I am not a huge fan of poetry, but from time to time find it useful.

The Elixir.

 

Teach me, my God and King,

In all things thee to see,

And what I do in any thing,

To do it as for thee:

 

Not rudely, as a beast,

To runne into an action;

But still to make thee prepossest,

And give it his perfection.

 

A man that looks on glasse,

On it may stay his eye;

Or if he pleaseth, through it passe,

And then the heav’n espie.

 

All may of thee partake:

Nothing can be so mean,

Which with his tincture (for thy sake)

Will not grow bright and clean.

 

A servant with this clause

Makes drudgerie divine:

Who sweeps a room, as for thy laws,

Makes that and th’ action fine.

 

This is the famous stone

That turneth all to gold:

For that which God doth touch and own

Cannot for lesse be told.

 

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