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Gladness of the best by George Herbert

Gladness of the best

If prayer itself is gladness of the best,

Then all the best in everything is prayer.

Everything excellent, from east to west,

The best of sacred, best of secular,

The Beatles sing you know you should be glad

And that glad song is gladness of the best,

You know you’re loved, you know that can't be bad,

Your once-lost love is found and you are blessed.

From that exultant sound in Abbey Road

To jubilation in the Albert Hall,

From well-honed phrases, to a well-wrought ode,

Whatsoever things are lovely, all

Brought to the source of every excellence,

That God might give them back as sacraments.

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