Week 1 – Day B: Canticle of the Sun, Saint Francis of Assisi

In “Canticle of the Sun,” Saint Francis of Assisi (c1182-1226) praises God for some of the wonders of the earthly world. Saint Francis was a Monk whose life and writings had a significant influence on the Church as did the orders of nuns and monks he founded. Francis believed that everything in the natural world …

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Week 1 – Day D: The Nightingale And Glow-Worm, William Cowper

  William Cowper (1731-1800) was one of the most popular English poets of the 18th century. He wrote the words to hymns including ‘God moves in a mysterious way’ and ‘O for a closer walk with God’. He knew John Newton, who wrote the words to ‘Amazing Grace’ and wrote some poems to support the …

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Week 1 – Day E: Song of Songs

Song of Songs, also called Song of Solomon, has sometimes been a source of embarrassment for western Christianity. The sensual language found in Song of Songs reflects the common experiences of human love, lust and sexuality. The passage below is typical of the wider book in that it uses similes to move repeatedly between descriptions …

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Week 1 – Day F: To a Mouse, Robert Burns

  Robert Burns (1759-1796) is Scotland’s national poet and known as ‘The Ploughman Poet’, amongst many other nicknames. He was the oldest of seven children of a farmer who repeatedly moved and had an unsettled life himself, dying young with 12 children.  To a Mouse is an apology from Burns to a field mouse after …

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