Tag Archives: Poetry

O King all glorious

O King all glorious, amid thy saintly company, Who ever shalt be praised, who over passest utterance. Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, And we are called by thy Holy Name; Leave us not, O Lord our … Continue reading

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A word from Brahms

… with a few internal rhymes. Let nothing ever grieve thee, distress thee, nor fret thee; Heed God’s good will, my soul, be still, compose thee. Why brood all day in sorrow? Tomorrow will bring thee God’s help benign and … Continue reading

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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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