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Poem by George Herbert


The Storm


If as the winds and waters here below
Do fly and flow,
My sighs and tears as busy were above;
Sure they would move
And much affect thee, as tempestuous times
Amaze poor mortals, and object their crimes.

Stars have their storms, ev'n in a high degree,
As well as we.
A throbbing conscience spurred by remorse
Hath a strange force:
It quits the earth, and mounting more and more,
Dares to assault, and besiege thy door.

There it stands knocking, to thy musick's wrong,
And drowns the song.
Glory and honour are set by till it
An answer get.
Poets have wrong'd poor storms: such days are best;
They purge the air without, within the breast. 



George Herbert

Poem Theme: Storm

George Herbert's other poems:
  1. Mattins
  2. The Search
  3. Clasping of Hands
  4. The British Church
  5. Affliction (III)


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Coventry Patmore The Storm ("Within the pale blue haze above")
  • Henry Vaughan The Storm ("I see the use : and know my blood")
  • Katherine Mansfield The Storm ("I Ran to the forest for shelter")
  • Robert Hawker The Storm ("WAR mid the ocean and the land!")

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