Category Archives: Poetry

Blessed John Henry Newman’s 1849 poem “Candlemas”

Blessed John Henry Newman’s 1849 poem “Candlemas”: THE Angel-lights of Christmas morn, Which shot across the sky, Away they pass at Candlemas, They sparkle and they die. Comfort of earth is brief at best, Although it be divine; Like funeral … Continue reading

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Candlemas Eve, poetry and you

Today is Candlemas Eve, and tomorrow is the Feast of the Purification, as it is traditionally called.  It celebrates also the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple.  We call it Candlemas because, with the references to light in the … Continue reading

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“Because ‘twer Easter Zunday.”

Easter Zunday by William Barnes Last Easter Jim put on his blue Frock cwoat, the vu’st time-vier new; Wi’ yollow buttons all o’ brass, That glitter’d in the zun lik’ glass; An’ pok’d ‘ithin the button-hole A tutty he’d a-begg’d … Continue reading

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Candlemas Eve and Candlemas Poetry

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

It is a little late in the day, but today is the Eve of the Feast of St. Agnes.  This reminds us all, of course, of the famous poem by Keats. This is the Eve of St. Agnes and, therefore, time … Continue reading

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King Alfred, the great White Horses, and today’s creeping heathen weeds

In the Anglican tradition – I’m not sure if the Ordinariates pick this up – today King Alfred the Great is commemorated, on the anniversary of his death.  He was a pivotal figure in the history of England, and a … Continue reading

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“Great as no goddess’s Was deemèd, dreamèd”

Today is, in the older Roman calendar, the Feast of the Queenship of Mary.  In the Novus Ordo calendar, this Feast was transferred to mere Memorial status on 22 August.  In the Novus Ordo calendar, 31 May is the Feast … Continue reading

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Hurray! It’s Maÿ!

UPDATE 2 May: On a day when we are getting frost warnings from NOAH this comes from a reader, but as I listened I could hear lots of birds out of doors, especially the chicakdees who are chatting… You may/may … Continue reading

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No Poet at Inauguration 2017

There was no Poetry or Poet Laureate at the Inauguration.  I am pleased.  Do you remember the drivel from May Angelou, the gibberish from Elizabeth Alexander and the rubbish from Richard Blanco? Long gone at the days of a Robert … Continue reading

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“Learn to love as I love thee.”

Real Epiphany was on 6 January.  In the traditional calendar, however, we are in the Season of Epiphany.  Hence, I’ll go on talking about Epiphany for a while. At one of the blogs I now eagerly follow, A Clerk of Oxford, I … Continue reading

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Martinmas!

Today is, along with Veteran’s Day, and Remembrance Day, and Armistice Day, also St. Martin’s Day, that is, the Feast of St. Martin of Tour.  It is Martinmas, which in many places marked the end of the harvest. St. Martin is … Continue reading

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“In pensive mood I trod My garden plot one day;…”

Autumn Sighs By Cyril Robert In pensive mood I trod My garden plot one day; October’s smile was weary so! It’s green was gloomy gray. Where are the strains of summer gone? Its sun the livelong day? With sudden sadness … Continue reading

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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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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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