Echoes from Eternity 8. Steve Turner

Apologies for being lax yesterday. Normal transmission can now be resumed. I'm hoping to be daily but it's funny how busy things are even during this extended home assignment! Today I'm going to read some poems from someone who is…

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Echoes from Eternity 6. William Cowper

William Cowper by Lemuel Francis Abbott (1792) Q regulars will know that William Cowper has been a personal favourite for years. He had to navigate the storms of mental illness throughout his adult life, without any of the understanding, support…

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Echoes from Eternity 5. A letter from William Wilberforce

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Today's lockdown reading is unique. It's never been published before (apart from being posted on this blog about four years ago) but I think you'll agree is very special indeed. Fuller details are on that post, so to prevent undue…

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Echoes from Eternity 4. W. H. Auden

W H Auden had in later life the most wonderfully craggy face in English literature. But this poem comes from many years earlier and is rather less heart-warming than the others we've had. But then, because we can't always be…

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Echoes from Eternity 3. Alan Paton

Alan Paton (1903-1988) was a South African who spent decades fighting against the apartheid system. He was a founding member of the Liberal Party of South Africa and worked in it until it was banned by the government. He is…

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Echoes from Eternity 2. R. S. Thomas

R. S. Thomas, I imagine, would not necessarily have had much time for me. I don't really know why I think that (and I'm probably committing a gross calumny), but there's a severity and pointedness to his writing which suggests…

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Echoes from Eternity 1. George Herbert

Here is the first in what will be a daily (or almost daily) reading of some great, inspirational or devotional writing from the past, and perhaps the present. https://vimeo.com/398583298 More about George Herbert The BagLove (III)

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Precious Moments in Little Gidding

There's a special quality to the landscape at Little Gidding. It's not spectacular, nor is it especially unusual. It's archetypally English: undulating, Midlands farmland, broken up by hedgerows, small copses, and the odd steeple. It's a scene replicated across the…

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