Poetry – “Aspecta Medusa”

Andromeda, by Perseus sav'd and wed,Hanker'd each day to see the Gorgon's head:Till o'er a fount he held it, bade her lean,And mirror'd in the wave was safely seenThat death she liv'd by.                                      Let not thine eyes knowAny forbidden thing itself, althoughIt once should save as well as kill: but beIts shadow upon life … Continue reading Poetry – “Aspecta Medusa”

Poetry – “Veni Creator Spiritus

Creator Spirit, by whose aidThe world's foundations first were laid,Come visit every pious mind,Come pour Thy joys on human kind;From sin and sorrow set us free,And make Thy temples worthy Thee.O source of uncreated light,The Father's promised Paraclete!Thrice holy fount, thrice holy fire,Our hearts with heavenly love inspire;Come, and Thy sacred unction bring,To sanctify us … Continue reading Poetry – “Veni Creator Spiritus

Poetry – ‘Recessional’

God of our fathers, known of old,Lord of our far-flung battle-line,Beneath whose awful Hand we hold   Dominion over palm and pine—Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,Lest we forget—lest we forget! The tumult and the shouting dies;   The Captains and the Kings depart:Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,   An humble and a contrite heart.Lord God of Hosts, be … Continue reading Poetry – ‘Recessional’

Poetry – “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

Half a league, half a league,Half a league onward,All in the valley of Death   Rode the six hundred.“Forward, the Light Brigade!Charge for the guns!” he said.Into the valley of Death   Rode the six hundred. “Forward, the Light Brigade!”Was there a man dismayed?Not though the soldier knew   Someone had blundered.   Theirs not to make reply,   Theirs not to reason why,   Theirs but … Continue reading Poetry – “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

Poetry – “Surprised By Joy – Impatient as the Wind”

(This was in fact suggested by my daughter Catherine long after her death - Wordsworth) Surprised by joy - impatient as the windI turned to share the transport - Oh! with whomBut thee, deep buried in the silent tomb,That spot which no vicissitude can find?Love, faithful love, recalled thee to my mind -But how could … Continue reading Poetry – “Surprised By Joy – Impatient as the Wind”