Day 41: Monday
|Let foreign nations of their language boast,
What fine variety each tongue affords:
I like our language, as our men and coast:
Who cannot dress it well, want wit, not words.
How neatly do we give one only name
To parents issue and the suns bright star!
A son is light and fruit; a fruitful flame
Chasing the fathers dimness, carried far
From the first man in th East, to fresh and new
Western discovries of posterity.
So in one word our Lords humility
We turn upon him in a sense most true:
For what Christ once in humbleness began,
We him in glory call, The Son of Man.
|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 joys in love.
1 Ralph Vaughan Williams composed 5 Mystical Songs using George Herbert's poems: 1. Easter ["Easter" section A], 2. I Got Me Flowers ["Easter" section B], 3. Love Bade Me Welcome [Love (III)], 4. The Call, and 5. Antiphon ["Antiphon (I)"]. [If you can hear the music you can Return to sing the words.]