To her Mind
by Edward, Lord Herbert of Chirbury
Exalted Mind ! whose Character doth bear
The first Idea of Perfection, whence
Adam's came, and stands so, how canst appear
In words? that only tell what here
Tofore hath been ; thou need'st as deep a sense
As prophecy, since there's no difference
In telling what thou art, and what shall be :
Then pardon me that Rapture do profess,
At thy outside, that want, for what I see,
Description, if here amaz'd I cease
Yet grant one Question, and no more, crav'd under
Thy gracious leave, How, if thou would'st express
Thy self to us, thou should'st be still a wonder?
Transcribed and coded by Anniina Jokinen from the Scolar Press
Facsimile of Occasional Verses of Edward Lord Herbert (1665)
Bodleian Library. Shelf-mark: Bliss. A.98. Wing H1508.
Transcription and code copyright ©2002 Anniina Jokinen.