The rest that remaineth: a study of five poems by George Herbert
Hunter's recognition of the relationship between Hebrews 3 and 4 and "The Pulley" is both valid and important. So is his realization of the essential connection between "Sabbath rest" and eternal rest in the Epistle to the Hebrews. However, the implications of the Hebrews passage and its relation to Herbert's The Temple extend much further. The following detailed analysis of Hebrews 3 and 4, paralleled with a close reading of both "The Pulley" and an additional four Herbert poems--"Aaron," "Peace," "Sunday," and "Even-song"--will show something of Herbert's broader consideration of the ideals of rest explored by the author of Hebrews.(from article)
George Herbert Journal
Luxton, Andrea, "The rest that remaineth: a study of five poems by George Herbert" (1988). Faculty Publications. 20.