Riders of the Sidhe, by John Duncan, 1911 The Hosts of Faerytranslated by Kuno Meyer White shields they carry in their hands,With emblems of pale silver;With glittering blue swords,With mighty stout horns. In well-devised battle array,Ahead of their fair chieftainThey march amid blue spears,Pale-visaged, curly-headed bands. They scatter the battalions of the foe,They ravage every … Continue reading “The Hosts of Faery,” translated by Kuno Meyer
Category: Poetry, Quotes, and Essays
You Came Slow, by Miriam Novotny – A poem for Advent 4 (2022)
Adoration of the Child, by Gerard von Honthorst, circa 1620 You Came Slowby Miriam Novotny You could have come with thunderstroke,With lightning-spikéd wheel-spoke,With cracking whip and blasting horn,On cloud-enshrouded wings of storm.You could have come with cyclone-speedThat rips away the roots of trees,As quick as wind, as fierce as snow,But you came slow. You could … Continue reading You Came Slow, by Miriam Novotny – A poem for Advent 4 (2022)
The Annunciation, by Edwin Muir – A poem for Advent 2 (2022)
Annunciation, by Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1472 The Annunciationby Edwin Muir The angel and the girl are met.Earth was the only meeting place.For the embodied never yetTravelled beyond the shore of space. The eternal spirits in freedom go.See, they have come together, see,While the destroying minutes flow,Each reflects the other’s faceTill heaven in hers and … Continue reading The Annunciation, by Edwin Muir – A poem for Advent 2 (2022)
In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae (Remembrance Day 2022)
In Flanders Fieldsby John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we … Continue reading In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae (Remembrance Day 2022)
The Poet’s Song, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Poet’s Songby Alfred, Lord Tennyson The rain had fallen, the Poet arose, He passed by the town and out of the street,A bright wind blew from the gates of the sun, And waves of wind went over the wheat,And he sat him down in a lonely place, And chanted a melody loud and sweet,That … Continue reading The Poet’s Song, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Lux Aeterna (Advent 2021)
Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es. Requiem aeterna dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es ...
Advent Calendar, by Rowan Williams (Advent 2021)
Greetings, friends! Here we are arrived at another Advent and I’d like to share some Advent poetry with you, as I did last year. I will keep the commentary to a minimum, as is my usual habit, and allow you to soak up the verses as they are. Enjoy and ponder. Advent Calendarby Rowan Williams … Continue reading Advent Calendar, by Rowan Williams (Advent 2021)
Lament for the Rohirrim, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Remembrance Day 2021)
Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? / Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing? / Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Take Up The Tale, by Malcolm Guite
As I walked out one morning / All in the soft fine rain / It seemed as though a silver veil / Was shining over hill and vale / As though some lovely long-lost spell / Had made all new again ...
Heron, by Robert Macfarlane
Here hunts heron. Here haunts heron. / Huge-hinged heron. Grey-winged weapon. / Eked from iron and wreaked from blue and / beaked with steal: heron, statue, seeks eel...