Category Archives: Poetry

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 the removal … 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 once … Continue reading

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CHRISTMASCAzT 23: “And straight I called unto mind that it was Christmas day.”

Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 23, for Christmas Day.
Today, Fulton Sheen gives us a pointer about how to avoid being an “atheist of the will”.    We also hear a wrenching poem by a 16th c. English Jesuit martyr.  Merry Christmas!
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ADVENTCAzT 2017 14: “Assumpta Maria” by Francis Thompson

Another in my series of short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord.
Here is ADVENTCAzT 14, for Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent.
Today, something really different.  … 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 not have … 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 Frost … 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 read … 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.
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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 I then thought
On how all human things decay.
Two … 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.  The … 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 and … 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 the … 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 marvelous … 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 rife
In every least thing’s life;
This needful, never spent,
And … 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.
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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 delivered of … 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 you can hear … Continue reading

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