Day 42: Tuesday
|Joy, I did lock you up: but some bad man
Has let you out again:
And now, I think, I am where I began
Sev'n years ago: one vogue and vein,
One air of thoughts usurps my brain
I did towards Canaan draw; but now I am
Brought back to the Red Sea, the sea of shame.
For as the Jews of old by God's command
Traveled, and saw no town;
So now each Christian has his journeys spanned:
Their story pens and sets us down.
A single deed is small renown.
God's works are wide, and let in future times;
His ancient justice overflows our crimes.
Then have we too our guardian fires and clouds;
Our Scripture-dew drops fast:
We have our sands and serpents, tents and shrouds;
Alas! our murmurings come not last.
Of mine inheritance? Lord, if I must borrow,
Let me as well take up their joy, as sorrow.
But can he want the grape, who hath the wine?
I have their fruit and more.
Blessed be God, who prosperd Noahs vine,
And made it bring forth grapes good store.
But much more him I must adore,
Who of the Laws sowre juice sweet wine did make,
Evn God himself being pressed for my sake.
1 Fulfillment of The Promised Land. Numbers 13:23,24 And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. 24 The place was called the brook Eshcol ["cluster"], because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence. - The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769. [Return]
Problem: Who is the "bad man" in line 1? Who would let Joy loose after the persona had captured it/him/her? [The answer may be too much. Return.]
Hymn Tune: "Cwm Rhondda," "Lead Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah." Different from Herbert, the words also deal with the Exodus through the Wilderness.