Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – First Sunday of Advent (Year A)

We continue our weekly series of poetry that resonates with the lectionary readings for the week (Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary).
 
 

*** Revised Common Lectionary ***

Lectionary Reading:
Matthew 24:36-44

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Lady, that in the prime
John Milton

Lady, that in the prime of earliest youth
Wisely hast shunned the broad way and the green,
And with those few art eminently seen
That labor up the hill of heavenly Truth,
The better part with Mary and with Ruth
Chosen thou hast; and they that overween,
And at thy growing virtues fret their spleen,
No anger find in thee, but pity and ruth.
Thy care is fixed, and zealously attends
To fill thy odorous lamp with deeds of light,
And hope that reaps not shame. Therefore be sure
Thou, when the Bridegroom with his feastful friends
Passes to bliss at the mid-hour of night,
Hast gained thy entrance, Virgin wise, and pure.

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

 
 

CONTEMPORARY POEM:

The Poem You’ve Been Waiting For
Tarfia Faizullah

SNIPPET:

I drove so long to find I forgot I had

been looking for them, for the you
I once knew and the you that was born

waiting for me to find you.

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  1. I so appreciate this. Thank you!