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The Pulley (George Herbert)

George Herbert

When God at first made man,
Having a glass of blessings standing by,
“Let us,” said he, “pour on him all we can.
Let the world’s riches, which dispersèd lie,
   Contract into a span.”
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   So strength first made a way;
Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honour, pleasure.
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that, alone of all his treasure,
   Rest in the bottom lay.
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   “For if I should,” said he,
“Bestow this jewel also on my creature,
He would adore my gifts instead of me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature;
   So both should losers be.
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   “Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlessness;
Let him be rich and weary, that at least,
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness
   May toss him to my breast.”
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George Herbert (1593-1633), “The Pulley”

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Salvation Song

Groping, bound in darkness we

Arriving in the world.

A son of death, and cursed is me,

Deep in sin I hurled.

Gone astray, apart from Thee,

Fulfilling each desire.

Known by God, a sinner be,

As a thief, a murderer, and a liar.

Sick with sin, til death are we;

Unable to overcome.

Helpless, hopeless, too blind to see

Our need, our heart, His love.

Justice, wrath, and death the fee

For all that I have done.

Mercy, grace undeserved from Thee,

But in Christ the victory won.

Bursting forth in glorious day,

Mine eyes began to perceive.

The Spirit working through the Word

Brought new life to me.

My heart was changed, by His blood;

Hung on the cross was He.

Christ paid my debt, which sin incurred,

By death He set me free.

In my place, condemned He stood;

Substitution is the key.

Transformed by grace, being sanctified,

Now from sin I flee.

The future holds an inheritance

To wondrous to foresee.

Salvation is of the Lord alone,

Forever will be my plea.

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