Category Archives: Poetry and Novels

Poetic Yoga

An Advent Retreat with George HerbertDay Ten: Friday after the Second Sunday of Advent Please forgive me for not posting yesterday. I was busy in the Senate House at the University of London being formally admitted to the degree of … Continue reading

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The Well-Tempered Poet

An Advent Retreat with George HerbertDay Nine: Wednesday after the Second Sunday of Advent In The Temple this poem follows immediately after Love (1) and Love (2), and like the two previous ones, this also has a partner with the … Continue reading

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George Herbert’s Second Sonnet on Love

An Advent Retreat with George HerbertDay Eight: Tuesday after the Second Sunday of Advent Love (II) Immortal Heat, O let thy greater flameAttract the lesser to it; let those firesWhich shall consume the world first make it tame,And kindle in … Continue reading

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Herbert’s Sonnet “Love (1)”

An Advent Retreat with George HerbertDay Seven: Monday after the Second Sunday of Advent Love (I) Immortal Love, author of this great frame,Sprung from that beauty which can never fade,How hath man parcel’d out thy glorious name,And thrown it on … Continue reading

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Herbert’s Anthropology: A Celebration of the Human Being

An Advent Retreat with George HerbertDay Six: Saturday after the First Sunday of Advent Man My God, I heard this dayThat none doth build a stately habitationBut he that means to dwell therein.What house more stately hath there been,Or can … Continue reading

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Four Last Things: “Heaven”

An Advent Retreat with George HerbertDay Five: Friday after the First Sunday of Advent Heaven O who will show me those delights on high?                            Echo.     … Continue reading

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Four Last Things: George Herbert’s “Judgement”

An Advent Retreat with George HerbertDay Four: Thursday after the First Sunday of Advent In some ways the picture above would go better with yesterday’s poem, but Judgement follows on from Dooms-day, and in some respects are the same. The … Continue reading

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Four Last Things: “Dooms-day”

An Advent Retreat with George Herbert:Day Three: Wednesday after the First Sunday of Advent As I look at the detail above what strikes me, apart from the whimsy in the depiction of the demons and scary beasties, is how so … Continue reading

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Four Last Things: Death

An Advent Retreat with George Herbert:Tuesday after the First Sunday of AdventDay Two In Medieval Catholic teaching, and subsequent Anglo-Catholic Anglicanism and pre-Vatican II Roman Catholicism, Advent was associated with the Four Last Things, namely Death, Judgement, Heaven, and Hell. … Continue reading

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Love’s Discipline

An Advent Retreat with George Herbert: Monday after the First Sunday of Advent To start this retreat let’s begin with Herbert’s Discipline. Discipline Throw away thy rod,Throw away thy wrath:                  O my God,Take the gentle path. For my heart’s desireUnto thine … Continue reading

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