The Country Parson; The Temple

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POEMS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TEMPLE

THE HOLY COMMUNION.

Oh Gracious Lord how shall I know
Whether in these gifts thou be so
As thou art ev'rywhere;
Or rather so, as thou alone
Tak'st all the Lodging, leaving none
5
For thy poor creature there?

First I am sure, whether bread stay
Or whether Bread do fly away
Concerneth bread, not me.
But that both thou, and all thy train,
10
Be there, to thy truth, and my gain, Concerneth me and Thee.

And if in coming to thy foes
Thou dost come first to them, that shows
The haste of thy good will.
15
Or if that thou two stations makest In Bread and me, the way thou takest
Is more, but for me still.

Then of this also I am sure
That thou didst all those pains endure
20
To abolish Sin, not Wheat. Creatures are good, and have their place;
Sin only, which did all deface
Thou drivest from his seat.

I could believe an Impanation 1.
25
At the rate of an Incarnation

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1.
Impanation. A theory of the Eucharistic presence of Christ that argues that Christ
takes the bread and wine into a union with himself like that union he achieved between
human and divine natures at the Incarnation; this theory is the obverse of transubstantia-

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Table of contents

  • George Herbert - The Country Parson, the Temple *
  • Contents *
  • Preface xi
  • Foreword xix
  • Introduction 1
  • A Priest to the Temple, Or, the Country Parson His Character, and Rule of Holy Life *
  • The Temple. Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations *
  • The Dedication 119
  • The Church Porch 121
  • The Church 139
  • The Church Militant 317
  • Poems Not Included in the Temple 327
  • Bibliography 335
  • Index to Preface, Introduction and Notes 341
  • Index to Texts and Scripture References 345
  • Index to Poems 352
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