George Herbert on the Tree of Life

george-herbertStill one of my favorite poets, George Herbert captures perfectly the parallels between Old and New Testaments in “The Sacrifice.” Jesus bearing the “thorns” of Adam’s curse; Jesus the rock, struck to give life; and Jesus’ cross a tree of life. Here’s a taste (lines 201-208).

O all ye who pass by, behold and see;                                  

Man stole the fruit, but I must climb the tree;

The tree of life to all, but only me:

Was ever grief like mine?

Lo, here I hang, charged with a world of sin,

The greater world o’ th’ two; for that came in

By words, but this by sorrow I must win.

Was ever grief like mine?

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