Love by George Herbert

I’m sharing this poem because it seems to go along nicely with the thoughts and feelings someone might have when contemplating step 24 of Steps to Knowledge, “I am worthy of God’s love.”

LOVE bade me welcome, but my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lack’d anything.

‘A guest,’ I answer’d, ‘worthy to be here:’
Love said ‘You shall be he.’
‘I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on Thee.’
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
‘Who made the eyes but I?’

‘Truth, Lord; but I have marr’d them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.’
‘And you know not,’ says Love, ‘who bore the blame?’
‘My dear, then I will serve.’
‘You must sit down,’ says Love ‘and taste my meat.’
So I did sit and eat.

This poem can be found in many places, including The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1918

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