Jordan

Who says that fictions only and false hair
Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty?
Is all good structure in a winding stair?
May no lines pass, except they do their duty
Not to a true, but painted chair?

Is it no verse, except enchanted groves
And sudden arbours shadow coarse-spun lines?
Must purling streams refresh a lover's loves?
Must all be veiled, while he that reads divines,
Catching the sense at two removes?

Shepherds are honest people: let them sing:
Riddle who list, for me, and pull for prime:
I envy no man's nightingale or spring;
Nor let them punish me with loss or rhyme,
Who plainly say, My God, My King.

Recordings

George Herbert

George Herbert read by Lavinia Greenlaw & Jo Shapcott

1The Collar (read by Lavinia Greenlaw)

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2Redemption (read by Lavinia Greenlaw)

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3Affliction (read by Lavinia Greenlaw)

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4Jordan (read by Lavinia Greenlaw)

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5Vanity (read by Lavinia Greenlaw)

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6Love (read by Jo Shapcott)

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Books by George Herbert