from The Temple (1633), by George Herbert:


(Scriptures) I I.

OH that I knew how all thy lights combine,
†††††††††††† And the configurations of their glorie!
†††††††††††† Seeing not onely how each verse doth shine,
But all the constellations of the storie.
This verse marks that, and  both do make a motion
†††††††††††† Unto a third, that ten leaves off doth lie:
†††††††††††† Then as dispersed herbs do watch a potion,
These three make up some Christians destinie:
Such are thy secrets, which my life makes good,
†††††††††††† And comments on thee: for in evíry thing
†††††††††††† Thy words do finde me out, & parallels bring,
And in another make me understood.
†††††††††††† Starres are poore books, & oftentimes do misse:
† †††††††††††This book of starres lights to eternall blisse.


Note on Sonnet form and organization.

1633 Edition
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