The Pulley

I have not had many opportunities recently to take Gentle Breeze out. That got me wondering about the sense of restlessness many of us feel. The poet, George Herbert seems to have captured the sentiment. He was born in Wales at the end of the sixteenth century, thus you will have to read this slowly to get the sense.

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When God at first made man,Having a glass of blessings standing by;
Let us (said he) pour on him all we can:
Let the world’s riches, which dispersed lie,
Contract into a span.

So strength first made a way;
The beauty flow’d, then wisdom, honour, pleasure:
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that alone of all his treasure
Rest in the bottom lay.

For if I should (said he)
Bestow this jewel also on my creature,

He would adore my gifts instead of me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature:
So both should losers be.

Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlessness:
Let him be rich and weary, that at least,
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness
May toss him to my breast.

George Herbert.

This was reflected by a prayer, the collect for the day, at church today.

Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

I am looking forward to getting GB out of the marina, and playing at full blast “How great Thou art” as I cruise past the autumnal colours.
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