by George Herbert
Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this poem?
Nowadays The Temple goes by The Temple, but once upon an unexpurgated time, when it was first published in 1633, it came out as The Temple, Sacred Poems, and Private Ejaculations. Yikes. How's that for some innuendo? But title aside, Herbert's poetry is short on spice. His tone is worshipful and his subject is God—no hanky-panky here.