A BOOK OF FAITH by Elizabeth Goudge


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A loosely assembled religious anthology with old favorites and a find or two. The selections are grouped by the various manifestations of God--through creation and redemption, in heroic human beings, lovers, and children, and during times of tribulation, old age, and death. Goudge is generous in selections from more-or-less contemporary poets and essayists like James Kirkup, Rilke, and Edwin Muir, as well as 17th-century English poets. The ties to themes are often loose. ""In praise of God, King of the World,"" for example, includes Sassoon's ""Everyone Sang""--a poem celebrating not Divinity but the Armistice. It is also depressing that the ""Lovers"" section leads off yet, yet again with ""Shall I compare thee to a summer's day."" There are, however, some interesting individual selections from medieval and later religionists, and Bible literature (albeit from the New English Bible) is thoughtfully used. Some fine and lasting works and some doggerel, primarily for the Goudge following.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1976
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan