Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – 5th Sunday After Pentecost (Year A)

With the dawn of a new church year, we have launched a new feature on our website, a weekly post of poetry that resonates with the lectionary readings for that week (Revised Common Lectionary).

 
 

Lectionary Reading: Romans 7:15-25a

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Sin (I)
George Herbert

LORD, with what care hast thou begirt us round !
Parents first season us :  then schoolmasters
Deliver us to laws ;  They send us bound
To rules of reason, holy messengers,

Pulpits and sundayes, sorrow dogging sinne,
Afflictions sorted, anguish of all sizes,
Fine nets and stratagems to catch us in,
Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,

Blessings beforehand, tyes of gratefulnesse,
The sound of glorie ringing in our eares ;
Without, our shame ;  within, our consciences ;
Angels and grace, eternall hopes and fears.

Yet all these fences and their whole aray
One cunning bosome-sinne blows quite away.

*** This poem is in the public domain,
  and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.
 
 
CONTEMPORARY POEM:

A Recuperation of Sin
Scott Cairns

SNIPPET:

In fact, we could probably forget the idea
of sin altogether if it were not for those
periodic eruptions one is quite likely

to picture in the papers, or on the TV—

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