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By George Herbert   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Lord, how can man preach thy eternal word?
   He is a brittle crazy glass;
Yet in thy temple thou dost him afford
   This glorious and transcendent place,
   To be a window, through thy grace.

But when thou dost anneal in glass thy story,
   Making thy life to shine within
The holy preachers, then the light and glory
   More reverend grows, and more doth win;
   Which else shows waterish, bleak, and thin.

Doctrine and life, colors and light, in one
   When they combine and mingle, bring
A strong regard and awe; but speech alone
   Doth vanish like a flaring thing,
   And in the ear, not conscience, ring.

 

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