Reflections

A Magazine of Theological and Ethical Inquiry from Yale Divinity School

THE ALTAR

Author: 
GEORGE HERBERT

THE ALTAR

A broken A L T A R, Lord, thy servant rears, Made of a heart, and cemented with tears: Whose parts are as thy hand did frame;
No workman’s tool hath touch’d the same.

A HEART alone Is such a stone, As nothing but Thy pow’r doth cut. Wherefore each part Of my hard heart Meets in this frame, To praise thy name.

That if I chance to hold my peace,

These stones to praise thee may not cease.
O let thy blessed S
A C R I F I C E be mine, And sanctify this A L T A R to be thine. 

Issue Title: 
How Firm a Foundation? Churches Face the Future
Issue Year: 
2009