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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Thoughts from Francis Thompson

(In case you're wondering who Francis Thompson is, he was a poet who lived during the late 1800's/early 1900's. I read him in literature this week and thought he was really powerful. This is excerpts from his poem "The Hound of Heaven.")

I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind, and in the mist of tears
I hid from Him...
(For, though I knew His love Who followed
Yet I was sore adread [i.e. very worried]
Lest, having Him, I must have naught besides).
Nigh and nigh [near and nearer] draws the chase,
With unperturbed pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy
And past those noised feet,
A Voice comes yet more fleet
"Lo, naught [nothing] contents thee, who content'st not [is not contented in] Me."
Naked I wait thy Love's uplifted stroke!
My harness piece by piece Thou hast hewn from me,
And smitten me to my knee;
I am defenseless utterly.
Ah! Must Thou char the wood ere Thou canst limn [can write] with it?
Such is, what is to be?
The pulp so bitter, how shall taste the rind?
That Voice is round me like a bursting sea:
"Whom wilt thou find to love ignoble thee,
Save Me, save only Me?
All which I took from thee I did but take,
Not for thy harms [not to hurt you],
But just that thou might seek it in My arms.
All which thy childish mistake
Fancies as lost, I have stored for thee at home:
Rise, clasp My hand, and come!"
Is my gloom after all,
Shade of His hand, outstreached caressingly?
"Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest,
I am He Whom thou seekest!"

Apologies for its length and old English (though this is only a sampling), but I thought it was neat.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

This took longer to read as it is in old English, but it sounds like he's saying I was running from God, because I thought he was strict and wouldn't let me do anything or have anything but him. He brings affliction to the guy to make him turn to him and tells him - you're looking everywhere for the one thing you need and that's the very thing you're running from.

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Cara said...

Hi, Anonymous. Do you know us, or did you stumble on this blog by accident? Are all of the anonymous postings here yours? If so, nice summary of the poem. What did you mean by "in first steps it is very nice if somebody supports you"?
In case you haven't figured this out yet, this blog is mostly defunct. Perhaps it will resurrect this summer when we're all off school...we'll see. In the meanwhile, you're welcome to click on our names in the sidebar and see our blogs. I hope to launch one of my own sometime this week-maybe I'll see you there?

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