[The Temple, Detail of Model]from The Temple (1633), by George Herbert:


¶   The Call.

COme, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a Way, as gives us breath:
Such a Truth, as ends all strife:
Such a Life, as killeth death.

Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a Light, as shows a feast:
Such a Feast, as mends in length:
Such a Strength, as makes his guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
Such a Joy, as none can move:
Such a Love, as none can part:
Such a Heart, as joyes in love.

For commentary, sermons and several translations of text, see John 14:6.

Ralph Vaughan Williams composed 5 Mystical Songs using George Herbert’s poems: 1. Easter ["Easter" section A] hear beginning portion, 2. I Got Me Flowers ["Easter" section B], 3. Love Bade Me Welcome ["Love (III)"], 4. The Call  (Open music in another window), and 5. Antiphon ["Antiphon (I)"].

Links on Music and George Herbert.

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1633 Poem Index George Herbert & The Temple Home Page