“EASTER WINGS”: George Herbert on the Resurrection

Apr 13, 2020 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican:

On Easter morning, a grieving but credulous Mary Magdalene saw two Angels seated in the tomb, where the body of Jesus had lain (John 20:12). I conclude my meditations with George Herbert’s fine Easter poem:


Lord, who created man in wealth and store,
      Though foolishly he lost the same,
            Decaying more and more
                  Until he became
                        Most poor.
                        With thee
                  O let me rise
            As larks, harmoniously,
         And sing this day thy victories:
Then shall the fall further the flight in me.


My tender age in sorrow did begin
      And still with sicknesses and shame.
            Thou didst so punish sin,
                  That I became
                        Most thin.
                        With thee
                  Let me combine,
            And feel this day thy victory:
         For, if I *imp my wing on thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.

*To “imp” means to “graft” feathers onto an injured falcon’s wing.

For my oral rendition of the poem, listen here:

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