Author Archives: middlingpoet

About middlingpoet

From the Gawain poet to Rainer Maria Rilke: I love traditional poetry.

Tyndale and the Lord of the Rings

If you’re wondering what those two have in common, check out this video promoting a new Tyndale oratorio. It’s the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, after all! Advertisements

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Heavenly Salem

Here’s an early Christian hymn, sung at the dedication of church buildings. For my Protestant friends, it’s kind of like “The Church’s One Foundation” (S. J. Stone, 1866) — only better. Blessed City Bless├Ęd city, heavenly Salem, vision dear of … Continue reading

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Man is great with God

How great we have become! The highest Seraphim Go veiled before our God. But we go nude to Him. ~ Angelus Silesius, Cherubinischer Wandersmann, III.203

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The Fair Glory

Today is Michaelmas, the feast of St. Michael and All Angels. And here is an ancient hymn. Written in the 800s, it asks for the help of angels, invoking their powers as guides, guards, and conquerors of serpents. But interestingly, … Continue reading

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Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

This is a holiday week! The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels is on Sept. 29. In preparation, here’s an angel-worthy hymn. It was written by Athelstan Riley and published in 1906 — thus proving that great hymnody could … Continue reading

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A splendid weapon

“What is our soul? A splendid weapon it may be, long, sharp, oiled, and coruscating with the light of wisdom as it is brandished. But what is this soul of ours worth, what is it capable of, unless God holds … Continue reading

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Psalm 148

To the tune King’s Weston Praise Him in the heavens, Praise Him in the height, Praise Him, day and evening, Praise Him, stars of light: Angels and archangels, All the fiery host, Praise Him: God the Father, Son, and Holy … Continue reading

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