SWeet Peace, where dost thou dwell? I humbly crave, Let me once know. I sought thee in a secret cave, And askd, if Peace were there. A hollow winde did seem to answer, No: Go seek elsewhere. I did; and going did a rainbow note: Surely, thought I, This is the lace of Peaces coat: I will search out the matter. But while I lookt, the clouds immediately Did break and scatter. Then went I to a garden, and did spy A gallant flower, The Crown Imperiall:1 sure, said I, Peace at the root must dwell. But when I diggd, I saw a worm devoure What showd so well. At length I met a revrend good old man, Whom when of Peace I did demand, he thus began: There was a Prince of old At Salem dwelt, who livd with good increase Of flock and fold. He sweetly livd; yet sweetnesse did not save His life from foes. But after death out of his grave There sprang twelve stalks of wheat: Which many wondring at, got some of those To plant and set. It prosperd strangely, and did soon disperse Through all the earth: For they that taste it do rehearse, That vertue lies therein, A secret vertue bringing peace and mirth By flight of sinne. Take of this grain, which in my garden grows, And grows for you; Make bread of it: and that repose And peace, which evry where With so much earnestnesse you do pursue, Is onely there.
1 Crown Imperial recorded in John Gerard's The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes, (Norton and Whittaker: London, 1633), p. 202. He describes it as yellow in color and lists the Latin name as Corona Imperialis, making it a distinctive genus. Today it is known as Fritillaria Imperalis. His illustration with the root is at right. [Return]
Editors Note: The third and fourth lines are indented the same distance in stanzas 1-4. Beginning on page 118, the third line is indented less in stanzas 6-8.
In the Outlandish Proverbs that George Herbert collected is # 733. "Where there is peace, God is."
Music: "Dona Nobis Pacem," "Give Us Peace," 18th Century canon, composer
unknown. [Trio arr. Red Dragon]
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