New Oxford Book of Christian Verse

ISBN-10: 0192804863

ISBN-13: 9780192804860

Edition: 2003

Authors: Donald Davie

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What is meant by `Christian' verse? What must there be in a passage of verse that gives us the right to call it `Christian'? These are the questions discussed in Professor Davie's illuminating introduction and answered implicitly on every page of his collection of over 260 poems. This well-loved anthology embraces everything from the Anglo-Saxon 'The Dream of the Rood' to the works of modern poets such as T. S. Eliot, Sir John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, and John Berryman. Australian and American poetry appears alongside English, Anglo-Irish, Scottish, and Anglo-Welsh verse, and the book also includes a selection of congregational hymns.
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Book details

List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/2/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Donald Davie was at the forefront of the poetic school of the 1950s known as the Movement. The group's aesthetic was characterized by simplicity, in contrast to the extravagant rhetoric and stylistic excesses that they felt marked neoromantic poetic trends. Unlike other Movement poets, though, Davie generally eschews a casual tenor or informal voice, resorting instead to a more traditional prosody and affirming the influence of late Augustan poets. Davie's most durable contribution to poetic debates of the period was a work of literary criticism called Purity of Diction in English Verse (1952). The laws of poetic syntax, he argues, are as momentous as the laws of human society and should be appreciated equally. Davie was born in Barnsley, a place that figures gloomily in much of his work. He has taught at universities in both Great Britain and the United States.

Introduction
The Dream of the Rood
'Thou who createdst everything'
('Wait a Little')
('Undo!')
'Now fade the rose and lily-flower'
'Moon-like is all other love'
from Cleanness
from The Book Concerning Piers the Plowman
from Troilus and Criseyde
from Prologue to The Canterbury Tales
('Quia Amore Langueo')
'I sing of a maiden'
'Adam lay y-bounden'
On the Resurrection of Christ
This Endris Night
Psalm 130. 'Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, Lord'
Christ to his Spouse
Christ, my Beloved
Gascoigne's Good-morrow
Gascoigne's Good-night
Psalm 100. 'O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands' (All people that on earth do dwell)
Hierusalem
Away Vane World
from The Faerie Queene (And is there care in heaven?)
from Amoretti (Most glorious Lord of life!)
The Holy Well
from Caelica
Sonnet 89. 'The Manicheans did no idols make'
Sonnet 96. 'In those years when our Sense, Desire and Wit'
Sonnet 105. 'Three things there be in Man's opinion dear'
(Splendidis Longum Valedico Nugis) (Leave me, O Love, which reaches but to dust)
Of the Day Estivall
Of Gods Omnipotencie
Look Home
New Prince, New Pomp
The Burning Babe
from The Sidney Psalter: Psalm 58. 'Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation?'
from The Sidney Psalter: Psalm 74. 'O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever?'
from The Sidney Psalter: Psalm 115. 'Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us'
from The Sidney Psalter: Psalm 139. 'O Lord, thou has searched me, and known me'
from The Sidney Psalter: Psalm 147. 'Praise ye the Lord'
Sonnet 146. 'Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth'
'If I could shut the gate'
Miserere, My Maker
Sweet was the Song
'To Music bent is my retired Mind'
God's Virtue
To Heaven
Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward
from Holy Sonnets: 'Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay?'
from Holy Sonnets: 'Why are we by all creatures waited on?'
from Holy Sonnets: 'What if this present were the world's last night?'
from A Litanie
(Easter Morn)
His Saviour's Words, Going to the Cross
Like to the Arctic Needle
On Those that Deserve It
Redemption
Jordan
Church-monuments
The Windows
Virtue
The Collar
The Pulley
Discipline
The Pearl
Love
A True Hymn
The Temper
Frailty
Peace
The Flower
Upon a Great Shower of Snow that fell on May-day, 1654
The Circulation
from Last Verses
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
Sonnet, On the late Massacre in Piedmont
Sonnet, (On his Blindness)
from Paradise Lost, Book V (O favourable spirit, propitious guest)
from Paradise Lost, Book XII (Descended, Adam to the bower where Eve)
from Samson Agonistes (O how comely it is and how reviving)
'Lord, when the wise men came from far'
To my Dear and Loving Husband
In Memory of my dear grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet
Epithalamium
Charitas Nimia: or the Dear Bargain
from A Psalm of Praise (Ye holy Angels bright)
Bermudas
The Coronet
Quickness
The Retreat
Peace
Ascension Hymn
The World
Man
The Waterfall
The Dawning
The Revival
Corruption
Religion
The Night
(The Pilgrim Song) (Who would true Valour see)
from An Elegie upon the Death of the Reverend Mr Thomas Shepard
from The State of Innocence
from Religio Laici
The Character of a Good Parson
The Salutation
from Christian Ethics
Ibid. (Contentment)
'Glory to thee, my God, this night'
Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold
from Preparatory Meditations Before My Approach to the Lord's Supper
Ibid.
'While shepherds watched their flocks by night'
On Exodus 3:14. 'I am that I am.' An Ode
Ode (The spacious firmament on high)
Crucifixion to the World by the Cross of Christ
Submission to Afflictive Providences
Look on him whom they pierced, and mourn
The Church the Garden of Christ
A Prospect of Heaven makes Death easy
Man frail, and God eternal (O God, our help in ages past)
Hosanna to Christ
The Shortness and Misery of Life
Miracles at the Birth of Christ
'Where-e'er my flatt'ring Passions rove'
The Passion and Exaltation of Christ
(After reading the life of Mrs Catherine Stubbs ...)
A Hymn for Christmas Day
(Christ's Resurrection and Ascension)
Meditations on the Sepulchre in the Garden
'Love Divine, all loves excelling'
Free Grace
'O thou Eternal Victim slain'
(The Incarnation)
from The Horrible Decree
(During his Courtship)
(For his Wife, on her Birthday)
(On the Death of his Son)
(On Sympathisers with the American Revolution)
Wrestling Jacob
The Whole Armour of God
Psalm 147. 'Praise ye the Lord'
from Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Fasts and Festivals of the Church of England: Hymn 3. Epiphany
from Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Fasts and Festivals of the Church of England: Hymn 13. St Philip and St James
from Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Fasts and Festivals of the Church of England: Hymn 14. The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ
from Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Fasts and Festivals of the Church of England: Hymn 32. The Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
from Hymns for the Amusement of Children: Hymn 9. Moderation
from Hymns for the Amusement of Children: Hymn 13. Elegance
from Hymns for the Amusement of Children: Hymn 14. Loveliness
from Hymns for the Amusement of Children: Hymn 15. Taste
from Hymns for the Amusement of Children: Hymn 26. Mutual Subjection
from Hymns for the Amusement of Children: Hymn 29. Long-suffering of God
'All hail the power of Jesus' name'
'How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds'
'Glorious things of thee are spoken'
from Truth
Love Constraining to Obedience
Self-Acquaintance
'The Lord will Happiness divine'
Walking with God
Light Shining out of Darkness
Joy and Peace in Believing
Jehovah our Righteousness
Exhortation to Prayer
Stanzas Subjoined to the Yearly Bill of Mortality of the Parish of All Saints, Northampton: for the year 1787
On a Similar Occasion: for the year 1790
On a Similar Occasion: for the year 1792
'Rock of Ages'
from The Triumph of Infidelity
Jerusalem
Address to the Unco Guid
Resolution and Independence
Nativity
My Baptismal Birthday
Epitaph
'By Cool Siloam's shady Rill'
(Morning Hymn) (New every morning is the love)
'Fill high the bowl'
(Epithalamium)
'Abide with me'
Psalm 103. 'Praise the Lord, O my soul' (Praise, my soul, the King of heaven)
Lord, Hear my Prayer
Eternal Light
from The Dream of Gerontius (Praise to the holiest in the height)
(Guidance) (Lead, kindly light)
The Over-Heart
The Call of the Christian
from The Eternal Goodness
from The Brewing of Soma
Worship
from In Memoriam
The Created
'Oh, give us back the days of old'
Battle-Hymn of the Republic
'Eternal Father, strong to save'
'Our journey had advanced'
'I shall know why'
'Bring me the sunset in a cup'
'We thirst at first'
'Just lost when I was saved'
'I stepped from plank to plank'
'To learn the transport by the pain'
'Tis so much joy!'
'It is an honorable thought'
'Heaven is what I cannot reach'
'Read, sweet, how others strove'
'I should have been too glad'
'Great streets of silence led away'
'He fumbles at your soul'
'Immortal is an ample word'
'Remorse is memory awake'
'The only news I know'
'He preached upon "Breadth"'
The Bitter Withy
Easter Monday
St Peter
Heaven-Haven
'As kingfishers catch fire'
'I wake and feel the fell of dark'
In the Valley of the Elwy
A General Communion
The Fugitive
In Portugal, 1912
Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913
Low Barometer
Christmas Day. The Family Sitting
The Kingdom of God
At the 'Ye that do truly'
'Turn back, O man'
from Sagesse
Journey of the Magi
A Song for Simeon
Marina
Usk
The Annunciation
'How on solemn fields of space'
A, a, a, Domine Deus
from Forty Days (The Second Ascension of Christ)
A Lullaby
The Airy Christ
Mater Dei
Original Sin: A Short Story
Sunday Afternoon Service in St Enodoc Church, Cornwall
The Shield of Achilles
Anthem
Amor Loci
Soldiers Bathing
The Hand
The Porch
Knole
A Letter to John Donne
The Usk
Cato
(Alcoholic)
'Neither Shadow of Turning'
Mould of Castile
Growing in Grace
On the Death of Karl Barth
The Heavenly Aeroplane
An Art of Poetry
New Guinea
Latter Day Psalms
A Stranger in this Land
In a Garden
The Dispossessed
Christmas Trees
Lachrimae Amantis
The Slip
from The Fragments
Acknowledgements
Notes and References
Index of First Lines
Index of Authors
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