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Lectionary Poetry – Third Sunday After Epiphany ( Year C )

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:
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

The Holy Scriptures I
George Herbert

OH Book! infinite sweetnesse! let my heart
Suck ev’ry letter, and a hony gain,
Precious for any grief in any part;
To cleare the breast, to mollifie all pain.

Thou art all health, health thriving till it make
A full eternitie: thou art a masse
Of strange delights, where we may wish & take.
Ladies, look here; this is the thankfull glasse,

That mends the lookers eyes: this is the well
That washes what it shows. Who can indeare
Thy praise too much? thou art heav’ns Lidger here,
Working against the states of death and hell.

Thou art joyes handsell: heav’n lies flat in thee,
Subject to ev’ry mounters bended knee.

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

 
 

CONTEMPORARY POEM:

Coexistence: A Lost and Almost Found Poem
Peter Cole

SNIPPET:
Over the border the barrier winds,
devouring orchards of various kinds.

Cursed be he that taketh away   

          the landmark of his neighbor.

And all the people shall say, Amen.

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