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  • Leo Aylen

George Herbert

by Leo Aylen

Married only four years, priest only three,

In gentle happiness at Bemerton,

Till in the blood-coughing clutch of TB,

Kissed by beloved Jane, his work was done.

What has he left us? Howls of sexual passion

From the mere three days taken to win his wife?

No. Flailing struggles, then final submission

To the overwhelming gentleness of God.

‘Love bade him welcome’, and he passed love on,

Telling, first his parishioners, then us,

How Christians ought to be like window glass

Letting God’s light through. For him, how it shone -

For him and Jane — showing their love was good.

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