The concept of rest in the poetry of George Herbert

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Katharine E. Gibbons (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Amy M. Charles

Abstract: The title page of the 1633 edition of The Temple,1 the final collection of George Herbert's poems, contains a quotation from Psalm 29, "In his Temple doth every man speak of his honour," which implies that Herbert intended The Temple as a eulogy of God. But Izaak Walton, his first biographer, records that Herbert sent the following message with a book of his writing to Nicholas Ferrar: . . . tell him, he shall find in it a picture of the many spiritual Conflicts that have past betwixt God and my Soul, before I could subject mine to the will of Jesus my Master: in whose service I have now found perfect freedom; desire him to read it; and then, if he can think it may turn to the advantage of any dejected poor Soul, let it be made publick: if not, let him burn it: for I and it, are less than the least of God's mercies. In reading The Temple itself one can see that Herbert intends it to lead men to God. He extends an invitation to the reader in "Superliminare," the second poem in The Temple: Thou, whom the former precepts have Sprinkled and taught, how to behave Thy self in church; approach, and taste The Churches mysticall repast.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1968

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