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Ordination Ordination

(After this, the congregation shall be desired, secretly in their prayers, to make their humble supplications to God for all these things: for the which prayers there shall be silence kept for a space. After which shall be sung or said by the Bishop (the persons to be ordained Priests all kneeling), "Veni, Creator Spiritus." Rubric in the Office for Ordering of Priests.) 'Twas silence in Thy temple, Lord, When slowly through the hallowed airThe spreading cloud of incense soared, Charged with the breath of Israel's prayer.'Twas silence round Thy throne on high,... Poems - Post by : Ken_Stone - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 2012

The Accession The Accession

The Accession
(As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee; I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.---Joshua i. 5.)The voice that from the glory came To tell how Moses died unseen,And waken Joshua's spear of flame To victory on the mountains green,Its trumpet tones are sounding still, When Kings or Parents pass away,They greet us with a cheering thrill Of power and comfort in decay.Behind thus soft bright summer cloud That makes such haste to melt and die,Our wistful gaze is oft allowed A glimpse of the... Poems - Post by : 4k9kidz - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 1206

The Restoration Of The Royal Family The Restoration Of The Royal Family

The Restoration Of The Royal Family
(And Barzillai said unto the King, How long have I to live, that I should go up with the King unto Jerusalem?---2 Samuel xix. 34.)As when the Paschal week is o'er,Sleeps in the silent aisles no more The breath of sacred song,But by the rising Saviour's lightAwakened soars in airy flight, Or deepening rolls along;The while round altar, niche, and shrine,The funeral evergreens entwine, And a dark brilliance cast,The brighter for their hues of gloom,Tokens of Him, who through the tomb Into high glory passed:Such were the lights and such the strains.When proudly... Poems - Post by : SLHoffman - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 3523

King Charles The Martyr King Charles The Martyr

King Charles The Martyr
(This is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.---1 St. Peter ii. 19.)Praise to our pardoning God! though silent now The thunders of the deep prophetic sky,Though in our sight no powers of darkness bow Before th' Apostles' glorious company;The Martyrs' noble army still is ours, Far in the North our fallen days have seenHow in her woe this tenderest spirit towers For Jesus' sake in agony serene.Praise to our God! not cottage hearths alone, And shades impervious to the proud world's glare,Such witness yield; a... Poems - Post by : herasinc - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 1930

Gunpowder Treason Gunpowder Treason

Gunpowder Treason
(A thou hast testified of Me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.---Acts xxiii. 11.)Beneath the burning eastern sky The Cross was raised at morn:The widowed Church to weep stood by, The world, to hate and scorn.Now, journeying westward, evermore We know the lonely SpouseBy the dear mark her Saviour bore Traced on her patient brows.At Rome she wears it, as of old Upon th' accursed hill:By monarchs clad in gems and gold, She goes a mourner still.She mourns that tender hearts should bend... Poems - Post by : ghopkins - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 2884

Forms Of Prayer To Be Used At Sea Forms Of Prayer To Be Used At Sea

Forms Of Prayer To Be Used At Sea
(When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee.-- Isaiah xliii. 2.)The shower of moonlight falls as still and clear Upon this desert mainAs where sweet flowers some pastoral garden cheer With fragrance after rain:The wild winds rustle in piping shrouds, As in the quivering trees:Like summer fields, beneath the shadowy clouds The yielding waters darken in the breeze.Thou too art here with thy soft inland tones, Mother of our new birth;The lonely ocean learns thy orisons,... Poems - Post by : 2racer - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 2809

Commination Commination

The prayers are o'er: why slumberest thou so long, Thou voice of sacred song? Why swell'st thou not, like breeze from mountain cave, High o'er the echoing nave, This white-robed priest, as otherwhile, to guide, Up to the Altar's northern side? - A mourner's tale of shame and sad decayKeeps back our glorious sacrifice to-day: The widow'd Spouse of... Poems - Post by : max007 - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 2408

Churching Of Women Churching Of Women

Churching Of Women
Is there, in bowers of endless spring, One known from all the seraph band By softer voice, by smile and wing More exquisitely bland! Here let him speed: to-day this hallowed airIs fragrant with a mother's first and fondest prayer. Only let Heaven her fire impart, No richer incense breathes on earth: "A spouse with all... Poems - Post by : jimhuie - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 3170

Burial Of The Dead Burial Of The Dead

Burial Of The Dead
(And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And He came and touched the bier; and they that bare him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.--St. Luke vii. 13, 14.) Who says, the wan autumnal soon Beams with too faint a smileTo light up nature's face again,And, though the year be on this wane, With thoughts of spring the heart beguile?Waft him, thou soft September breeze, And gently lay him downWithin some circling woodland wall,Where bright... Poems - Post by : colinjin - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 1130

Visitation And Communion Of The Sick Visitation And Communion Of The Sick

Visitation And Communion Of The Sick
O Youth and Joy, your airy treadToo lightly springs by Sorrow's bed,Your keen eye-glances are too bright,Too restless for a sick man's sight.Farewell; for one short life we part:I rather woo the soothing art,Which only souls in sufferings triedBear to their suffering brethren's side.Where may we learn that gentle spell?Mother of Martyrs, thou canst tell!Thou, who didst watch thy dying SpouseWith pierced hands and bleeding brows,Whose tears from age to age are shedO'er sainted sons untimely dead,If e'er we charm a soul in pain,Thine is the key-note of our strain.How sweet with thee to lift the latch,Where Faith has kept her... Poems - Post by : 64473 - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 3327

Matrimony Matrimony

There is an awe in mortals' joy, A deep mysterious fearHalf of the heart will still employ, As if we drew too nearTo Eden's portal, and those firesThat bicker round in wavy spires,Forbidding, to our frail desires, What cost us once so dear.We cower before th' heart-searching eye In rapture as its pain;E'en wedded Love, till Thou be nigh, Dares not believe her gain:Then in the air she fearless springs,The breath of Heaven beneath her wings,And leaves her woodnote wild, and sings A tuned and measured strain.Ill fare the... Poems - Post by : John_Rogers - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 2494

Confirmation Confirmation

The shadow of th' Almighty's cloud Calm on this tents of Israel lay,While drooping paused twelve banners proud, Till He arise and lead this way.Then to the desert breeze unrolled, Cheerly the waving pennons fly,Lion or eagle--each bright fold A lodestar to a warrior's eye.So should Thy champions, ere this strife By holy hands o'ershadowed kneel,So, fearless for their charmed life, Bear, to this end, Thy Spirit's seal.Steady and pure as stars that beam In middle heaven, all mist above,Seen deepest in this frozen stream:-... Poems - Post by : taxtorpedo - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 1504

Catechism Catechism

Oh! say not, dream not, heavenly notes To childish ears are vain,That the young mind at random floats, And cannot reach the strain.Dim or unheard, the words may fall, And yet the heaven-taught mindMay learn the sacred air, and all The harmony unwind.Was not our Lord a little child, Taught by degrees to pray,By father dear and mother mild Instructed day by day?And loved He not of Heaven to talk With children in His sight,To meet them in His daily walk, And to His arms... Poems - Post by : wcgmarke - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 1486

Holy Baptism Holy Baptism

Holy Baptism
Where is it mothers learn their love? - In every Church a fountain springs O'er which th' Eternal Dove Hovers out softest wings.What sparkles in that lucid flood Is water, by gross mortals eyed: But seen by Faith, 'tis blood Out of a dear Friend's side.A few calm words of faith and prayer, A few bright drops of holy dew, Shall work a wonder... Poems - Post by : spfinn - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 3099

To The Red-breast To The Red-breast

To The Red-breast
Unheard in summer's flaring ray, Pour forth thy notes, sweet singer,Wooing the stillness of the autumn day: Bid it a moment linger, Nor flyToo soon from winter's scowling eye.The blackbird's song at even-tide, And hers, who gay ascends,Filling the heavens far and wide, Are sweet. But none so blends, As thine,With calm decay, and peace divine.(The end)John Keble's poem: To The Red-Breast... Poems - Post by : MarcusYong - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 2626

Holy Communion Holy Communion

Holy Communion
O God of Mercy, God of Might,How should pale sinners bear the sight,If, as Thy power in surely here,Thine open glory should appear?For now Thy people are allowedTo scale the mount and pierce the cloud,And Faith may feed her eager viewWith wonders Sinai never knew.Fresh from th' atoning sacrificeThe world's Creator bleeding lies.That man, His foe, by whom He bled,May take Him for his daily bread.O agony of wavering thoughtWhen sinners first so near are brought!"It is my Maker--dare I stay?My Saviour--dare I turn away?"Thus while the storm is high within'Twixt love of Christ and fear of sin,Who can express the... Poems - Post by : Hatman - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 2446

All Saints' Day All Saints' Day

All Saints' Day
(Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.---Revelation vii. 3.) Why blow'st thou not, thou wintry wind, Now every leaf is brown and sere, And idly droops, to thee resigned, The fading chaplet of the year? Yet wears the pure aerial sky Her summer veil, half drawn on high, Of silvery haze, and dark and stillThe shadows sleep on every slanting hill. How quiet shows... Poems - Post by : george_gundu - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 3323

St. Simon And St. Jude St. Simon And St. Jude

St. Simon And St. Jude
(That ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.---St. Jude 3.)Seest thou, how tearful and alone, And drooping like a wounded dove,The Cross in sight, but Jesus gone, The widowed Church is fain to rove?Who is at hand that loves the Lord? Make haste, and take her home, and bringThine household choir, in true accord Their soothing hymns for her to sing.Soft on her fluttering heart shall breathe The fragrance of that genial isle,There she may weave her funeral wreath, And to her... Poems - Post by : sgtwalk - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 2510

St. Luke St. Luke

St. Luke
(Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.---Colossians iv. 14.Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world . . . Only Luke is with me.---2 Timothy iv. 10, 11.)Two clouds before the summer gale In equal race fleet o'er the sky:Two flowers, when wintry blasts assail, Together pins, together die.But two capricious human hearts - No sage's rod may track their ways.No eye pursue their lawless starts Along their wild self-chosen maze.He only, by whose sovereign hand E'en sinners for the evil dayWere made--who rules the world He planned,... Poems - Post by : uclaboyz - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 2067

St. Michael And All Angels St. Michael And All Angels

St. Michael And All Angels
(Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? --- Hebrews i. 14.)Ye stars that round the Sun of righteousness In glorious order roll,With harps for ever strung, ready to bless God for each rescued soul,Ye eagle spirits, that build in light divine, Oh! think of us to-day,Faint warblers of this earth, that would combineOur trembling notes with your accepted lay.Your amarant wreaths were earned; and homeward all, Flush'd with victorious might,Ye might have sped to keep high festival, And revel in... Poems - Post by : ielliott - Date : October 2011 - Author : John Keble - Read : 3253