¶ Jordan. (I)
WHo sayes that fictions onely and false hair Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty? Is all good structure in a winding stair? May no lines passe, except they do their dutie Not to a true, but painted chair? Is it no verse, except enchanted groves And sudden arbours shadow course-spunne lines? Must purling streams refresh a lovers loves? Must all be vaild, while he that reades, divines, Catching the sense at two removes? Shepherds are honest people; let them sing: Riddle who list, for me, and pull for Prime:1 I envie no mans nightingale or spring; Nor let them punish me with losse of rime, Who plainly say, My God, My King.
1 pull for Prime. To continue to prime the pump until you get water, oil or what you are looking for; to get the pump started. [Return]
On Beauty see also Forerunners.
Criticism: "Herbert's 'Deniall,' 'Jordan' I & II, and 'A Wreath'" (The difficulty of writing poetry) by Roberta Albrecht in The Explicator. [Poems cited: "Deniall," "Jordan I," "Jordan II," "A Wreath."]
Compare Keats "Beauty is Truth; Truth Beauty" from "Ode on a Grecian Urn" with "Is there in Truth no Beauty?"
The original Star Trek episode #62 from the third season was entitled: "Is There In Truth No Beauty?" The following is quoted from a Star Trek fan site, no longer on the web.
"A poem called Jordan by the seventeenth-century metaphysical poet George Herbert contains the following passage:[Editors note: Herbert would not have approved the IDIC reason, except to believe, if not know, that there is Beauty in what is True. Spock in his blindness realized this.]Who says that fictions only and false hair become a verse?