Monthly Archives: April 2019

The Subject of Divinity

Through Lent With George Herbert Saturday After The Fifth Sunday Of Lent I am getting ready to submit my PhD dissertation to the School of Advanced Study of the University of London. It is a 110,000 word monster I have … Continue reading

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Chains in George Herbert’s “Sin’s Round”

Through Lent With George Herbert Thursday After The Fifth Sunday Of Lent Sin’s Round Sorry I am, my God, sorry I am, That my offences course it in a ring. My thoughts are working like a busy flame, Until their … Continue reading

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Herbert’s Dialogue With “Hope”

Through Lent With George Herbert Wednesday Of The Fifth Sunday Of Lent Hope. I gave to Hope a watch of mine: but he An anchor gave to me. Then an old prayer-book I did present: And he an optic sent. … Continue reading

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The Business Of A Life: George Herbert’s “Business”

Through Lent With George Herbert Tuesday After The Fifth Sunday Of Lent The interest in this next poem, as Ann Pasternak Slater notes, begins with the meter, “a remorselessly regular trochaic tetrameter catalectic” (and, yes, I have to look that … Continue reading

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Is This George Herbert’s Worst Poem? “The British Church”

Through Lent With George Herbert Monday After The Fifth Sunday Of Lent Is this George Herbert’s worst poem? Ann Pasternak Slater calls it “one of Herbert’s least interesting poems.” John Drury calls it “not one of his great pieces.” Herbert … Continue reading

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God Has A Plan to Deal With Poverty And We’re Not Following It

A Sermon preached on The Fifth Sunday of Lent (The Beginning of Passiontide in the Church of England) at the Anglican Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, Crete, Greece, Part of the Diocese in Europe. 11:00 am April 7, … Continue reading

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Entropy: George Herbert’s “Decay”

Through Lent With George Herbert Saturday After The Fourth Sunday Of Lent Decay Sweet were the days, when thou didst lodge with Lot, Struggle with Jacob, sit with Gideon, Advise with Abraham, when thy power could not Encounter Moses’ strong … Continue reading

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A Procession to Death: George Herbert’s “Mortification”

Through Lent With George Herbert Friday After The Fourth Sunday Of Lent Mortification. How soon doth man decay ! When clothes are taken from a chest of sweets To swaddle infants, whose young breath Scarce knows the way ; Those … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Justice: George Herbert’s “Justice (1)”

Through Lent With George Herbert Thursday After the Fourth Sunday of Lent Justice (I) I cannot skill of these thy ways. Lord, thou didst make me, yet thou woundest me; Lord, thou dost wound me, yet thou dost relieve me: … Continue reading

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The Dear Feast Of Lent: George Herbert’s “Lent”

Through Lent With George Herbert Wednesday After The Fourth Sunday of Lent Lent Welcome dear feast of Lent: who loves not thee, He loves not Temperance, or Authority, But is compos’d of passion. The Scriptures bid us fast; the Church … Continue reading

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