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“On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity”: Stanzas 13-18

This is part 5 of a series on John Milton’s poem “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity.” Read part 1 here. Read the complete poem here. XIII. Ring out, ye crystal spheres!1 Once bless our human ears, If ye have … Continue reading

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“On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity”: Stanzas 8-12

This is part 4 of a series on John Milton’s poem “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity.” Read part 1 here. Read the complete poem here. VIII. The Shepherds on the lawn, Or ere the point of dawn, Sat simply … Continue reading

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“On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity”: Stanzas 1-7

This is part 3 of a series on John Milton’s poem “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity.” Read part 1 here. Read the complete poem here. THE HYMN I. It was the winter wild, While the heaven-born child All meanly … Continue reading

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“On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity”: Preface

This is part 2 of a series on John Milton’s poem “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity.” Read part 1 here. Read the complete poem here. PREFACE I. This is the month, and this the happy morn, Wherein the Son … Continue reading

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“On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity” by John Milton, with illustrations by William Blake

A few decades prior to writing his famous epic, Paradise Lost, John Milton composed this thirty-one-stanza ode—his first major work in English. Written in 1629 when he was just 21, the poem examines the cosmic significance of the incarnation, celebrating Christ’s … Continue reading

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving

“O my God, . . . . . . . . . . I bless You for the soul You have created, For adorning it, for sanctifying it, Though it is fixed in barren soil; For the body You have … Continue reading

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“Love (III)” by George Herbert (1633)

Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack From my first entrance in, Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning, If I lacked any thing. A guest, I … Continue reading

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‘Disturb us, Lord’

“Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little; when we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, when with the … Continue reading

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Prayer to the Eternal One

“Eternal One, Silence from whom my words come; Questioner from whom my questions arise; Lover of whom all my loves are hints; Disturber in whom alone I find my rest; Mystery in whose depths I find healing and myself; enfold … Continue reading

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Augustine and Donne on Loving God Supremely

“He loves Thee too little who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves not for Thy sake.” —St. Augustine, Confessions  “Nor Thou nor Thy religion dost control, The amorousness of an harmonious Soul, But thou would’st have that love … Continue reading

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