I Ease You

George Herbert

George Herbert (Photo credit: Philocrites)

A short poem today, by George Herbert.


JESU is in my heart, his sacred name
Is deeply carved there: but th’other week
A great affliction broke the little frame,
Ev’n all to pieces: which I went to seek:
And first I found the corner, where was J,
After, where ES, and next where U was graved.
When I had got these parcels, instantly
I sat me down to spell them, and perceived
That to my broken heart he was I ease you,
And to my whole is JESU.

Note: The letter “J” is quite a recent addition to the language, Romans used “I” for our modern letter “J”. 

From Wikipedia: “George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) was a Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest.” This poem is one that often recurs to me – that Jesus is I Ease You…


  1. I love George Herbert, but hadn’t seen this poem before – thanks for sharing! Do you know his Easter Wings?

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