My Sour-Sweet Days: George Herbert and the Journey of the Soul

My Sour-Sweet Days: George Herbert and the Journey of the Soul

by Mark Oakley


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George Herbert is one of the great 17th century poet-priests. His poems embrace every shade of the spiritual life, from love and closeness, to anger and despair, to reconciliation and hope. And his work is always rich with audacious playfulness: he seems to take God on, knowing God will win, as if he’s having an argument with a faithful friend he knows is not going to leave. In much of theology and spirituality, God is a critical spectator to human lives, but for Herbert, his sense of relationship with God is primarily of a friendship that can never be broken.
These are some of the themes Mark Oakley explores in this outstanding book. He offers a poem for every day in Lent, with a two-page commentary on each of the forty included.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780281080328
Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Publication date: 01/13/2020
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mark Oakley is Dean of Chapel at St John’s College, Cambridge. He was formerly Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, overseeing the arts and learning programs at the cathedral. Mark writes regularly for the Church Times and The Tablet and broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 4.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

The Agonie 1

Redemption 4

Easter 7

Easter Wings 11

Sinne (I) 14

Affliction (I) 17

Prayer (I) 23

The Holy Scriptures (I) 27

Even-song 30

The Windows 34

Content 37

The Quidditie 41

Deniall 44

Vanitie (I) 48

Vertue 52

The Pearl. Matth. 13 56

Unkindnesse 61

Decay 64

Jordan (II) 67

The Quip 70

Dialogue 74

Hope 78

Sinnes Round 81

Gratefulnesse 84

The Holdfast 88

Praise (II) 91

The Collar 95

The Call 99

The Pulley 102

The Flower 106

Bitter-sweet 111

The Answer 114

The Glance 117

Aaron 120

The Forerunners 124

Discipline 128

The Elixer 132

A Wreath 136

Heaven 139

Love (III) 142

References 146

Recommended reading 151

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