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Music, Part IV by Henry Van Dyke

Posted by Sherry on 6/3/2017 in General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

O lead me by the hand, And let my heart have rest, And bring me back to childhood land, To find again the long-lost band Of playmates blithe and blest. Some quaint, old-fashioned air, That all the children knew, Shall run before us everywhere, Like a little maid with flying hair, To guide the merry […]

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100 Poems by George Herbert

Posted by Sherry on 8/17/2016 in General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

Such a lovely volume of poems by one of my favorite poets! George Herbert lived and wrote in the early seventeenth century, and he is “widely regarded as the greatest devotional poet in the English language.” In fact, for modern Christian readers, reading a poem a day from this book of one hundred of Herbert’s […]

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Old Books by Margaret Widdemer

Posted by Sherry on 4/3/2016 in Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

April is Poetry Month. Let’s celebrate by talking about poems. Margaret Widdemer won the Pulitzer Prize in 1919 for her poetry collection The Old Road to Paradise. She shared her prize with Carl Sandburg for Cornhuskers. Nowadays, Sandburg is known and remembered; Widdemer is forgotten. Ms. Widdemer also wrote novels, and her memoir Golden Friends […]

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Poetry Friday: For Our Children

Posted by Sherry on 3/4/2016 in General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry, Prayer Project |

For Our Children by Amy Carmichael Father, hear us, we are praying, Hear the words our hearts are saying; We are praying for our children. Keep them from the powers of evil, From the secret, hidden peril; Father, hear us for our children. From the whirlpool that would suck them, From the treacherous quicksand, pluck […]

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Poetry Friday: Goblin Feet by JRR Tolkien

Posted by Sherry on 6/5/2015 in Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

I am off down the road Where the fairy lanterns glowed And the little pretty flitter-mice are flying A slender band of gray It runs creepily away And the hedges and the grasses are a-sighing. The air is full of wings, And of blundery beetle-things That warn you with their whirring and their humming. O! […]

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Weight of a Flame by Simonetta Carr

Posted by Sherry on 4/10/2015 in Biography/Memoir, Christian History, General, Nonfiction, Poetry Project |

Weight of a Flame: The Passion of Olympia Morata by Simonetta Carr. I received this book, from the author, for possible review a long time ago, started reading it, and then misplaced it. Then there was the fire, and I thought it had been lost. Then, I found it! It is the somewhat fictionalized, but […]

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Happy Birthday, HWL

Posted by Sherry on 2/27/2015 in --February, Birthdays, General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

“The student has his Rome, his Florence, his whole glowing Italy, within the four walls of his library. He has in his books the ruins of an antique world and the glories of a modern one.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, b. 1807. It Is Not Always May: “Maiden, that read’st this simple rhyme, […]

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Poetry Friday and 5 Things

Posted by Sherry on 2/5/2015 in Bible, General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

Five Things that Made Me Smile Today: 1. Z-baby, apropos of nothing: “You know, when I was little I used to get the large intestine and the small intestine mixed up with the Old Testament and the New Testament.” 2. Psalm 29: The Psalm of Seven Thunders. A Psalm of David (My contribution to Poetry […]

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Poetry Friday: October’s Bright Blue Weather by Helen Hunt Jackson

Posted by Sherry on 10/10/2014 in --October, Autumn, Birthdays, Celebrations, General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

Novelist, poet, and activist Helen Hunt Jackson was born October 15, 1830. She wrote a nonfiction book titled A Century of Dishonor in which she exposed government mistreatment of the Native American peoples. “Jackson sent a copy to every member of Congress with a quote from Benjamin Franklin printed in red on the cover: ‘Look […]

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Poetry Friday: September by Helen Hunt Jackson

Posted by Sherry on 9/26/2014 in --September, General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

September by Helen Hunt Jackson 1830-1885 The golden-rod is yellow; The corn is turning brown; The trees in apple orchards With fruit are bending down. The gentian’s bluest fringes Are curling in the sun; In dusty pods the milkweed Its hidden silk has spun. The sedges flaunt their harvest, In every meadow nook; And asters […]

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