POETRY: Hope by George Herbert

I gave to Hope a watch of mine: but he
An anchor gave to me.
Then an old prayer-book I did present:
And he an optic sent.
With that I gave a vial full of tears:
But he a few green ears:
Ah Loiterer! I’ll no more, no more I’ll bring:
I did expect a ring.

3 Comments on POETRY: Hope by George Herbert

  1. I’ve always liked this poem. I think, when Herbert wrote, it was more or less common to have rings and crosses in the shape of anchors as a kind of symbol of hope. I could be wrong. Thanks for posting.


  2. S Christiansen // September 7, 2017 at 10:35 am // Reply

    This poem, “Hope”, is mentioned in Tessa Hadley’s novel
    The Past as the basis for a sermon and an analysis of marriage.


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