Gratefulnesse by George Herbert

Janice Campbell

Writer, speaker, entrepreneur. I believe in doing what matters.

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6 Responses

  1. Rose Denson says:

    Lovely. I love the written word don’t you? It can lift the heart in a moments notice.

  2. Kimmie says:

    Hi Janice;

    Hard to imagine what ‘writing’ and thought in written from have often become. This was lovely and I wish I could see it as you spoke. Thanks for sharing it-may your heart’s pulse bring the Lord praise 😉

    Kimmie
    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

  3. Alison says:

    Well hooray.

    We received a quote from this poem. . . the first two lines plus the last stanza, and our family has memorized it and added it to our repertoire of prayers we say or sing before meals. Nearly everyone who has been with us when our family has prayed it together has asked for a copy of it.

    I’d heard that Herbert wrote it but even ordering an anthology of his works and skimming through it, I still could not locate the poem . . . . I correctly suspected that our copy was a bit off, by a couple words, and our copy also did not indicate that it was a small quote from a larger work. . . . so anyway now after many failed googles I have found it here. . . . and of course your full quote enabled me to easily find it in the anthology I ordered.

    Thanks for posting this.

  4. sheila b says:

    A priest gave this poem to me several Thanksgivings ago, The first two lines and last stanza and I lost my copy, have been looking for it eversince. Thanks for having it here. It expresses a Thanksgiving perfectly!

  5. Michael G. Cole says:

    As a long retired Episcopal Priest I was moved again this Thanksgiving after reading ‘Gratefulness’ by George Herbert. In the early 17th century his vision and spirituality was one of the saving graces of the Church of England – the church into which I was ordained in 1960. Thanks for reminding me of this.

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