Childermas Poetry by Christina Rossetti

Below are two poems by Christina Rossetti, each entitled “Holy Innocents”; the first was written in 1877, the second sometime before 1893. Both were published posthumously in 1904. HT: Patrick Comerford They scarcely waked before they slept, They scarcely wept… Continue Reading

“Harris and the Mare” – Stan Rogers and Manly Virtue

“Harris and the Mare,” by Stan Rogers Between the Breaks…Live!  (1979, Fogarty’s Cove Music) Harris, my old friend, good to see your face again More welcome, though, yon trap and that old mare For the wife is in a swoon, and I… Continue Reading

The Lament of Coryphaeus Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS “Now, repentance consists properly of these two parts: One is contrition, that is, terrors smiting the conscience through the knowledge of sin; the other is faith, which is born… Continue Reading

Happy New Year: T. S. Eliot, Opening Stanza from Choruses from “The Rock”

The Eagle soars in the summit of Heaven, The Hunter with his dogs pursues his circuit. O perpetual revolution of configured stars, O perpetual recurrence of determined seasons, O world of spring and autumn, birth and dying The endless cycle… Continue Reading

As in the day of Midian Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS A Christmas poem +Christus natus est   Who knows? Perhaps the Maker will relent and turn aside. Maybe He will disregard our sev’nfold deadly pride. I know that… Continue Reading

Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Supposed Confessions of a Second-rate Sensitive Mind”

Oh God! my God! have mercy now. I faint, I fall. Men say that thou Didst die for me, for such as me, Patient of ill, and death, and scorn, And that my sin was as a thorn Among the… Continue Reading

pas par me Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS  Oh, that I could march an Ark seven times around these sins     and see them fall. Oh, that I could blow the ram’s horn and devote them all… Continue Reading

The Lorica of St. Pádraig

From Wikipedia: In the Christian monastic tradition, a lorica is a prayer recited for protection. The Latin word lorica originally meant “armor” or “breastplate.” Both meanings come together in the practice of placing verbal inscriptions on the shields or armorial trappings of knights, who might recite them before going into battle. I… Continue Reading

VIDEO: “The Mysticism of Small Things: Recognizing the Eternal in the Objects and Events of Every Day”

This is for those of you who loved the last post, “The Writer,” by Richard Wilbur, especially Seth and Anna, who do not know each other but are kindred spirits in their appreciation of beautiful things. (Seth, meet Anna —… Continue Reading

Wild Turkey Frozen Custard Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSfor Seth Bourbon Trail! Oh my Lord… You’ve been speared by the horns of an Either-Or! A fearsome wild primordial yak That feasts on carrion, and when lack Compels… Continue Reading