Reflections

A Magazine of Theological and Ethical Inquiry from Yale Divinity School

THE CHURCH-FLOOR

Author: 
GEORGE HERBERT

THE CHURCH-FLOOR

Mark you the floor? that square and speckled stone, Which looks so firm and strong,

Is Patience:

And th’ other black and grave, wherewith each one Is checker’d all along,

Humility:

The gentle rising, which on either hand Leads to the Choir above,

Is Confidence:

But the sweet cement, which in one sure band Ties the whole frame, is Love

And Charity.

Hither sometimes Sin steals, and stains The marble’s neat and curious veins:

But all is cleansed when the marble weeps. Sometimes Death, puffing at the door, Blows all the dust about the floor:

But while he thinks to spoil the room, he sweeps. Blest be the Architect, whose art
Could build so strong in a weak heart. 

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