When God at first made man,
Having a glass of blessings standing by,
“Let us,” said he, “pour on him all we can.
Let the world’s riches, which dispersèd lie,
Contract into a span.”
So strength first made a way;
Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honour, pleasure.
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that, alone of all his treasure,
Rest in the bottom lay.
“For if I should,” said he,
“Bestow this jewel also on my creature,
He would adore my gifts instead of me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature;
So both should losers be.
“Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlessness;
Let him be rich and weary, that at least,
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness
May toss him to my breast.”
What do you think Herbert intends to evoke in the listener with such a title as "The Pulley"? No stanza refers to the pulley in spite of the title. If so, how do we know this poem utilizes the imagery of the pulley? Is there any indication or a specific word that helps you conjure up the image of the pulley in the body of the poem?
George Herbert (1593-1633) was an Anglican priest educated at Cambridge University and wrote devotional, metaphysical poems. He died young, struck by "consumption" (tuberculosis).