Prayer is Reversed Thunder

Prayer is the churches banquet, Angels age,

     God’s breath in man returning to his birth,

     The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,

The Christian plummet sounding heaven and earth;

Engine against the Almighty, sinners tower,

     Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,

     The six days world-transposing in an hour,

A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;

Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,

     Exalted manna, gladness of the best,

     Heaven in ordinary, man well dressed,

The milky way, the bird of paradise,

Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the souls blood,

The land of spices, something understood.

George Herbert (Prayer I)

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