Meditation 1

An Electronic Edition · Edward Taylor (1642-1729)

Original Source: The poetical works of Edward Taylor. Edited with an introduction and notes by Thomas H. Johnson. New York, Rockland editions, 1939.

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What Love is this of thine, that Cannot bee  
In thine Infinity, O Lord, Confinde,  
Unless it in thy very Person see,  
Infinity, and Finity Conjoyn’d?  
What hath thy Godhead, as not satisfide 5.
Marri’de our Manhood, making it its Bride? 

Oh, Matchless Love! filling Heaven to the brim!  
O’re running it: all running o’re beside  
This World! Nay Overflowing Hell; wherein  
For thine Elect, there rose a mighty Tide!  
That there our Veans might through thy Person bleed, 5.
To quench those flames, that else would on us feed.  

Oh! that thy Love might overflow my Heart!  
To fire the same with Love: for Love I would.  
But oh! my streight’ned Breast! my Lifeless Sparke!  
My Fireless Flame! What Chilly Love, and Cold?  
In measure small! In Manner Chilly! See. 5.
Lord blow the Coal: Thy Love Enflame in mee.  

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Genre: Poetry
Subjects: Puritans
Period: 1650-1700
Location: New England
Format: verse

This poem was completed ca. 1685but not published until 1939 in New York.

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