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I need a summary of "The Pulley," by George Herbert

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pantarakshith | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted August 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM via web

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I need a summary of "The Pulley," by George Herbert

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jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted August 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM (Answer #1)

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In "The Pulley," George Herbert creates a myth about God's creation of the world.  

When God created man, he wanted to give his new creatiion all possible blessings, such as beauty, wisdom, honour, and pleasure.  God gives these blessings to man by pouring them out of a "glass of blessings." The only blessing that God leaves in the bottle is "Rest."  This gift is so precious that God does not want to give it to man; if man would have it, he would worship "Nature, not the God of Nature."

God prefers that man should be "rich and weary," so that "weariness may toss him to my breast." In other words, if man will at least be tired, he will have reason to fear God, the one being who, in the words of the Psalms [121:4], does not "slumber nor sleep."  

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