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A Review of 

Auden, the Psalms, and Me
J. Chester Johnson

Paperback: Church Publishing, 2017
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Reviewed by David E. Anderson


Choosing a new hymnal is controversial enough for many congregations, so consider the emotions that surround revising a centuries-old Psalter. In the late 1960s the Episcopal Church (the U.S. member of the Anglican Communion) undertook a revision of their Psalter in parallel with revising their Book of Common Prayer. Work on the Psalter, which had been used with minor tweaks since the 1500s, began around 1968 and was completed in 1971, and work on the BCP concluded in 1979.

One of the original members of the committee charged with revising the Psalter was the English poet W. H. Auden (1907–1973), whose winter home was New York City in the late 1960s. Auden was intimately familiar with the Psalms from his childhood in the north of England, but as importantly (and not noted in the book reviewed here), he had written librettos, with his partner Chester Kallman, to be set to music for composers including Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, and Hans Werner Henze.

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Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.”
-Miguel de Cervantes, novelist
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Poem of the Day:
W.H. Auden reading his poem “No Change of Place

Auden died on this date, 1973
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The Wake Up Call – September 29, 2014

W.H. Auden – Reading 5 Poems

February 21, 2014


W.H. Auden

Today is the birthday of W.H. Auden, and in honor of the occasion, we offer recordings of him reading five poems.

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One Evening   |  In Memory of W.B. YeatsNo Change of Place
A Walk After Dark   |   In Praise of Limestone

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April is National Poetry Month and all month we will be featuring some of our favorite poems.

I’m a big fan of listening to poets read their own poems, so we will be featuring some recordings of this sort throughout the month.

Today’s recording of W.H. Auden reading “Musée des Beaux Arts” Can be found in the collection:

The Voice of the Poet: W.H. Auden.

Compact Disc: Random House Audio, 2004.
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W.H. Auden


The Collected Poems of W.H. Auden
Paperback: Vintage, 1991
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