The Church of England remembers Lancelot Andrewes today, a good occasion for sharing Malcolm Guite’s love offering of a sonnet: “The Word and the Words.” Father Guite wrote his Doctoral thesis on this man, one of the church’s “greatest preachers and the man whose scholarship and gift for poetic phrasing was so central to the making of the King James Version of the Bible.” On the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, Guite gave a talk on Andrewes, which audio file is on his site.
Father Guite mentions how influential Andrewes was in his own life; I am no expert and could not talk for five minutes on the subject, but in a previous era of my life his book of prayers kept me going.
Your mind is fixed upon the sacred page,
A candle lights your study through the night,
The choicest wit, the scholar of the age,
Seeking the light in which we see the light.
Grace concentrates in you, your hand is firm,
Tracing the line of truth in all its ways,
Through you the great translation finds its form,
‘And still there are not tongues enough to praise.’
Your day began with uttering his name
And when you close your eyes you rest in him,
His constant star still draws you to your home,
Our chosen stella praedicantium.
You set us with the Magi on the Way
And shine in Christ unto the rising day.
2 thoughts on “His constant star.”
Gretchen !!!Thank you , as always for your healing posts. This is incredible ..as I sent it to my friend who just lost her son a few months ago suddenly. She loved it too..said it reminded her of him, when he was a monk in Israel.
We are cooling now in Minnesota. Forties at night..leaves are turning. Love to you, and thank you for prayers for us… loved all the posts on the yard, and small plants and all things you see… Lots of Love, Merri, Erick and Denny
The King James version is the loveliest of the translations of the Bible. How sad that it is not appreciated more in modern churches. Our church uses a more “inclusive” translation and it makes me cringe. The old ways are best.
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