Category Archives: Poetry

I say that we are wound With mercy round and round

This year Good Friday fell on 25 March, and thus the Feast of the Annunciation was transferred to today, Monday after Sunday “in albis“, after the close of the Easter Octave.  On 25 March, I posted the John Donne poem “Upon the … Continue reading

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Lady Day and Good Friday – Of the Angels’ ‘Ave’ and the ‘Consummatum est’.

Today, 25 March 2016, is simultaneously the Feast of the Annunciation and Good Friday.  Liturgically we celebrate the Annunciation later. In ancient times there was a tradition that Christ died on the 8th day before the Kalends of April: 25 March. … Continue reading

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Candlemas Poetry – and also Candlemas Eve

Today is Candlemas Eve, and tomorrow is the Feast of the Purification.  We call it Candlemas because, with the references to light in the liturgy, we bless candles. Here are some poems for Candlemass First and foremost, making a reference to … Continue reading

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The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe

Fr. Hopkins (a Jesuit!) wrote this as a May offering for Mary in 1883, but I think it fits well today, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is also a good poem for the day that is simultaneously Immaculate Conception … Continue reading

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“Martinmass” by John Clare

Today is, along with Veteran’s Day, and Remembrance Day, and Armistice Day, it is also St. Martin’s Day, referring to St. Martin of Tour.  It is Martinmas, which in many places marked the end of the harvest. I once held … Continue reading

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OLDIE PODCAzT 127: The Eve of St. Agnes and a Bleak Midwinter

This is the Eve of St. Agnes and, therefore, time once again for a PODCAzT I made a while back.  HERE I, fan of poetry that I am, read out Keat’s poem, 42 Spencerian stanzas.  It is torrid and lush, with … Continue reading

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The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe

The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe Gerard Manley Hopkins Wild air, world-mothering air, Nestling me everywhere, That each eyelash or hair Girdles; goes home betwixt The fleeciest, frailest-flixed Snowflake; that ’s fairly mixed With, riddles, and is … Continue reading

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1 Dec: St. Nahum, Prophet of the Old Testment

Many Old Testament figures are numbered among the saints by the Catholic Church. You can find them listed in the Martyrologium Romanum. 1. Commemoratio sancti Nahum, prophetae, qui Deum praedicavit cursum temporum regentem et populos in iustitia iudicantem. Yes, folks, … Continue reading

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Third Sunday After Easter – by John Keble

Third Sunday After Easter John Keble (a leading figure in the Oxford Movement, but who did not swim the Tiber) [A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but as soon as she is … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday by T.S. Eliot

Have you ever read or studied T.S Eliot’s poem Ash Wednesday? You should have, you know. Let us not let Ash Wednesday pass without at least touching on the poem. If you have never read or heard it, at least … Continue reading

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Goose

Via the Laudator: Robert Southey (1774-1843), To a Goose: If thou didst feed on western plains of yore; Or waddle wide with flat and flabby feet Over some Cambrian mountain’s plashy moor; Or find in farmer’s yard a safe retreat … Continue reading

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“I collect books just as others store grain….”

From the Laudator comes something with which I can sympathize: Yuan Mei (1716–1797), Book Storage, tr. J.D.Schmidt: I collect books just as others store grain, And bitterly complain I don’t have enough granaries. In order to make space for a … Continue reading

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“From office confinement all year long,…”

With a biretta tip to the Laudator: Wei Yingwu (737–792), East of the Town, tr. Witter Bynner: From office confinement all year long, I have come out of town to be free this morning Where willows harmonize the wind And … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 129: Of the solstice, and The Baptist, and summer poems

Here is a little PODCAzT after a long hiatus. Today, the Summer Solstice, I talk about the Summer Solstice, but in light of St. Augustine and St. John the Baptist. I mentioned this in another post, but I spin it … Continue reading

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Vespers, with a twist

Via the estimable Laudator comes this nice Chinese poem, which touches on themes of fishing, quiet, moonlight, common to many of the verses of the Tang dynasty scholars. Wang Wei (699-759), To Subprefect Chang (tr. Irving Y. Lo): In late years, … Continue reading

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