Monday, July 02, 2012

hound of heaven

For those of you of my born again generation, Daniel Amos, Horrendous Disc, Hound of Heaven.

Or there's Richard Burton's reading of the great Francis Thompson poem, The Hound of Heaven.

The poem can be found here.

The name is strange. It startles one at first. It is so bold, so new, so fearless. It does not attract, rather the reverse. But when one reads the poem this strangeness disappears. The meaning is understood. As the hound follows the hare, never ceasing in its running, ever drawing nearer in the chase, with unhurrying and imperturbed pace, so does God follow the fleeing soul by His Divine grace. And though in sin or in human love, away from God it seeks to hide itself, Divine grace follows after, unwearyingly follows ever after, till the soul feels its pressure forcing it to turn to Him alone in that never ending pursuit. —The Neumann Press Book of Verse, 1988

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