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).
*** Revised Common Lectionary ***
Luke 14:1, 7-14
Welcome sweet and sacred cheer,
With me, in me, live and dwell:
For thy neatnesse passeth sight,
Passeth tongue to taste or tell.
O what sweetnesse from the bowl
Fills my soul,
Such as is, and makes divine!
Is some starre (fled from the sphere)
As we sugar melt in wine ?
Or hath sweetnesse in the bread
Made a head
To subdue the smell of sinne;
Flowers, and gummes, and powders giving
All their living,
Lest the Enemy should winne ?
Doubtlese, neither starre nor flower
Hath the power
Such a sweetnesse to impart:
Onely God, who gives perfumes,
And with it perfumes my heart.
But as Pomanders and wood
Still are good,
Yet being bruis’d are better sented:
God, to show how farre his love
Here, as broken, is presented.
When I had forgot my birth,
And on earth
In delights of earth was drown’d;
God took bloud, and needs would be
Spilt with me,
And so found me on the ground.
Having rais’d me to look up,
In a cup
Sweetly he doth meet my taste.
But I still being low and short,
Farre from court,
Wine becomes a wing at last.
For with it alone I flie
To the skie:
Where I wipe mine eyes, and see
What I seek, for what I sue;
Him I view,
Who hath done so much for me
Let the wonder of his pitie
Be my dittie,
And take up my lines and life:
Hearken under pain of death,
Hands and breath;
Strive in this, and love the strife.
*** This poem is in the public domain,
and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.
Luke 14, A Commentary
He is there like Clouseau
at the odd moment,
just right: when he climbs
out of the fish pond
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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com
Lectionary Poetry is wonderful! Three cheers for those who are behind this project! How can I read this week by week? What is the link? Is there a book? An e-book? A web-site?
Peter, Glad that you appreciate this project!
The Lectionary Poems are included in our free, weekly e-newsletter. You can sign up for that here: https://englewoodreview.org/enewsletter/
An ebook for Year A is in the works, and should be available this fall, prior to Advent. Print books may be available eventually, but we’re still sorting out the legal red-tape around publishing poetry.