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


¶    A Wreath.

A Wreathed garland of deserved praise,
Of praise deserved, unto thee I give,
I give to thee, who knowest all my wayes,
My crooked winding wayes, wherein I live,
Wherein I die, not live: for life is straight,
Straight as a line, and ever tends to thee,
To thee, who art more farre above deceit,
Then deceit seems above simplicitie.
Give me simplicitie, that I may live,
So live and like, that I may know, thy wayes,
Know them and practise them: then shall I give
For this poore wreath, give thee a crown of praise.

Music Interpretation: "A Wreath," arranged by Red Dragon 

'A Wreath' as a pattern poem "Pattern Poems of George Herbert" by Nick Page. Book for sale. Illustrates the visual effect and communication of pattern integrated into poems.

Modern version
1633 Poem Index George Herbert & The Temple Home Page

[Deserved Crown of Praise]