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Lectionary Poetry – Easter Week 6 (Year A)

Lectionary Poetry Lent Week 1

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: Acts 17:22-31

 
 

 CLASSIC POEM:

To the Unknown God
Friedrich Nietzsche

(This translation found in Janko Lavrin,
Nietzsche and Modern Consciousness, 1922)

Once more, before my vision turns
To strange horizons, untried lands,
To thee I lift my lonely hands
For whom my spirit yearns,
To whom, within its ultimate shrine,
Are solemn altars dedicate
While yet I wait
The summoning voice to claim me thine.
Thereon is writ in characters ablaze
The deep-cut legend, “To the Unknown God”;
For his am I, although my feet have trod,
Even to this hour, in foul and miry ways,
Yea, I will know thee, great Unknown,
Who shakest the foundations of my soul,
Urgent and clamorous as the thunder’s roll.
Eternally apart, eternally my own,
Yea, I will know thee — I will serve thee.

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


 
 
CONTEMPORARY POEM:

“In Whom We Live
and Move and Have Our Being”
Denise Levertov

SNIPPET:
Birds afloat in air’s current,
sacred breath? No, not breath of God,
it seems, but God
the air enveloping the whole
globe of being.

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