Catholic Poetry: “The Pillar of the Cloud,” by Blessed John Henry Henry Newman (1801-1890)

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Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom, Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home– Lead Thou me on! Keep Thou my feet, I do not ask to see The distant scene– one step enough for me. I was not ever thus, nor pray’d that Thou Shouldst lead me [Read More...]

Catholic Poetry: “The Hound of Heaven” by Francis Thompson (1859-1907)

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In the early twentieth century, Francis Thompson’s poem “The Hound of Heaven” was very popular among Catholic readers in the English-speaking world. (The playwright Eugene O’Neill could recite it from memory.) The poem arose from Thompson’sĀ battle with drug addiction and his recovery. In Thompson’s poem, God is the “Hound of Heaven” who relentlessly but consistently [Read More...]

Catholic Poetry: “Newman,” by George N. Shuster

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NEWMAN BY GEORGE N. SHUSTER Men found you subtle, master, blending skeins Of taut silk thinking with the golden weave Prayer finds in God. A stormy epoch’s eve Stirred your vast silence, till in flaming strains You spoke glory. Yet deeper radiance gains Who, listening close, can still the note perceive That fires your music’s [Read More...]


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