Category Archives: Poetry and Novels

Poor Death: George Herbert’s “Dialogue-Anthem” with Death

Through Lent With George Herbert Good Friday Herbert wrote a poem with the title Good Friday, as well as one on The Cross, but the short poem I have chosen for today, although rarely commented on by scholars, will do … Continue reading

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Thirty Years a Priest

Through Lent With George Herbert Maundy Thursday I have been a priest for almost thirty years now. When I was ordained there were a variety of models of how to be a priest, and there are more now. These models … Continue reading

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Sing This At My Funeral

As a priest I encourage each of my parishioners to think about their own death, and to make plans accordingly. This includes what kind of service they want, what they want done with their burial, the music to be sung … Continue reading

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The Unbridgeable Gap at the End of All Praise

Through Lent With George Herbert Tuesday In Holy Week Today’s poem is one of George Herbert’s most popular, appearing in over thirty hymnals. In my not-so-humble opinion, it should be sung to the tune by J.D. Jones named Gwalchmai, which … Continue reading

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George Herbert’s Restless “Pilgrimage”

Through Lent With George Herbert Monday In Holy Week Pilgrimages are all the rage these days. I know many people who have walked the Camino de Santiago; Emilio Estevez even made a movie about it, starring his father, Martin Sheen, … Continue reading

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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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