Soul in Paraphrase, The: A Treasury of Classic Devotional Poems

Soul in Paraphrase, The: A Treasury of Classic Devotional Poems

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Ryken, Leland | Crossway

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Christians throughout the ages have written poetry as a way to commune with and teach about God, communicating rich truths and enduring beauty through their art. These poems, when read devotionally, provide a unique way for Christians to deepen their spiritual insight and experience.

In this collection of over 90 poems by poets such as Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, and over 30 more, literary expert Leland Ryken introduces readers to the best of the best in devotional poetry, providing commentary that helps them see and appreciate not only the literary beauty of these poems but also the spiritual truths they contain. Literary-inclined readers and first-time poetry readers alike will relish this one-of-a-kind anthology carefully compiled to help them encounter God in fresh ways.

“For most modern people, poetry is hard to read and not immediately rewarding. And yet, it is precisely that difficulty and the contemplation that it requires that makes reading poetry such a valuable exercise in a world of distractions. Leland Ryken has produced a volume that will aid Christians, even those not well versed in poetry, in delighting in the rich history of devotional poetry.”

O. Alan Noble, Assistant Professor of English, Oklahoma Baptist University; author, Disruptive Witness

272 pages

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Table of Contents:

Editor's Introduction

  1. Caedmon's Hymn
  2. The Dream of the Rood
  3. O What Their Joy and Their Glory Must Be
  4. Canticle of the Sun
  5. Sunset on Calvary
  6. I Sing of a Maiden
  7. Hand in Hand We Shall Take
  8. Leave Me, O Love, Which Reachest but to Dust
  9. Most Glorious Lord of Life
  10. O Gracious Shepherd
  11. When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes
  12. That Time of Year Thou Mayest in Me Behold
  13. Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds Admit Impediments
  14. Poor Soul, the Center of My Sinful Earth
  15. The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strained
  16. Yet If His Majesty
  17. Thou Hast Made Me, and Shall Thy Work Decay?
  18. As Due by Many Titles I Resign
  19. Oh My Black Soul
  20. This Is My Play's Last Scene
  21. At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners
  22. Death, Be Not Proud
  23. Spit in My Face, You Jews
  24. Batter My Heart
  25. Wilt Thou Love God as He Thee?
  26. A Hymn on the Nativity of My Savior
  27. Aaron
  28. Redemption
  29. Prayer
  30. Virtue
  31. The Pulley
  32. The Agony
  33. Love 
  34. The Twenty-Third Psalm
  35. The Elixir
  36. Easter
  37. The Collar
  38. Sunday
  39. He Bore Our Griefs
  40. His Savior's Words, Going to the Cross
  41. His Litany to the Holy Spirit 
  42. On Time
  43. How Soon Hath Time 
  44. Lady That in the Prime of Earliest Youth
  45. When Faith and Love
  46. Avenge, O Lord, Thy Slaughtered Saints
  47. When I Consider How My Light Is Spent
  48. Methought I Saw My Late Espouséd Saint
  49. Greatly Instructed I Shall Hence Depart
  50. Verses upon the Burning of our House
  51. Poverty
  52. Peace
  53. Easter Hymn
  54. The Dawning
  55. The Waterfall
  56. They Are All Gone into the World of Light  
  57. When in Mid-Air, the Golden Trump Shall Sound
  58. Veni, Creator Spiritus ("Come, Creator Spirit")
  59. The Spacious Firmament on High
  60. When Rising from the Bed of Death
  61. The Dying Christian to His Soul
  62. Huswifery
  63. Infinity, When All Things It Beheld
  64. The Resignation
  65. The Lamb
  66. And Did Those Feet
  67. The Destruction of Sennacherib
  68. Lines Written in Early Spring
  69. Earth Has Not Anything to Show More Fair
  70. To a Waterfowl
  71. The Snow-Storm
  72. Strong Son of God, Immortal Love
  73. Crossing the Bar
  74. In the Bleak Midwinter
  75. Good Friday
  76. Up-Hill
  77. Pied Beauty 
  78. Spring  
  79. The Windhover
  80. God’s Grandeur
  81. O World Invisible, We View Thee
  82. A Prayer in Spring
  83. Journey of the Magi
  84. Two Poems on Death and Immortality
  85. Nature as God's Revelation
  86. Sunday Worship
  87. Christmas Day
  88. Nature as a Religious Experience
  89. The Consolations of Providence
  90. Certainty of Faith
  91. Our Only Secure Home

Biographical Notes
Sources and Acknowledgments
Scripture Index
Person Index 


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