The Elixir

Teach me, my God and King,
  In all things Thee to see,
  And what I do in anything
  To do it as for Thee.

  Not rudely, as a beast,
  To run into an action;
  But still to make Thee prepossest,
  And give it his perfection.

  A man that looks on glass,
  On it may stay his eye;
  Or it he pleaseth, through it pass,
  And then the heav'n espy.

  All may of Thee partake:
  Nothing can be so mean,
  Which with his tincture--"for Thy sake"--
  Will not grow bright and clean.

  A servant with this clause
  Makes drudgery divine:
  Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws,
  Makes that and th' action fine.

  This is the famous stone
  That turneth all to gold;
  For that which God doth touch and own
  Cannot for less be told.

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The Very Reverend Honourable George Herbert was an Anglican priest. more…

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