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Discover a fresh expression of faith this Lent. Hearing God in Poetry by Richard Harries offers a poem and reflection for every day of Lent.

  • A beautiful Lent book for 2022

  • Richard Harries introduces you to poems containing spiritual truths

  • Discover new expressions of faith this Lent

  • Author

    Richard Harries

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    SPCK Publishing

  • Published

    November 2021

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From Maya Angelou and W. H. Auden to Phyllis Wheatley and Walt Whitman, Hearing God in Poetry invites you to take a closer look at fifty great poems by some of the finest poets in the English language. Some are well known, some deserve to be better known, but all say something distinctive that will lift your spirit.

This beautiful Lent book for 2022 offers six poems for every week from Ash Wednesday, leading up to Holy Week, with ten poems specially chosen for Easter. A short reflection from Richard Harries accompanies each poet and the poem, drawing out their spiritual insights and how they communicate God’s presence.

Hearing God in Poetry is an ideal Lent book for 2022 for poetry lovers and anyone interested in how some of the world’s finest poets have expressed faith in their work. This book of daily readings will introduce you to some wonderful poetry for Lent and Easter, and give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of these brilliant works of literature. It will also help expand your spirituality to see God’s presence in the world around you as you prepare for Easter.

Full of riches, Hearing God in Poetry is a book that you will want to turn to time and time again – whether during Lent or in any other season of the year.



Ash Wednesday to Lent, week 1: Preparation

Ash Wednesday - Surview - Thomas Hardy

Thursday - King Lear - William Shakespeare

Friday - The poor parson - Geoffrey Chaucer 9

Saturday Lachrimae amantis Geoffrey Hill

Week 1: Testing

Monday - Batter my heart - John Donne

Tuesday - God moves in a mysterious way - William Cowper

Wednesday - Twice - Christina Rossetti

Thursday - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Friday - In Memoriam - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Saturday - In memory of W. B. Yeats - W. H. Auden

Week 2: Grace

Monday - I count the moments of my mercies up - Elizabeth Jennings

Tuesday - The quality of sprawl - Les Murray

Wednesday - If thou must love me . . . - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Thursday - The moor - R. S. Thomas

Friday - The kingdom of God - Francis Thompson

Saturday - Prayer - Carol Ann Duffy

Week 3: Glory in the ordinary

Monday - Miracles - Walt Whitman

Tuesday - And that is your glory - Yehuda Amichai

Wednesday - The glory - Edward Thomas

Thursday - Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey - William Wordsworth 69

Friday - Jubilate Agno - Christopher Smart

Saturday - Ode on a Grecian urn - John Keats

Week 4: Parental love

Monday - Oh antic God - Lucille Clifton

Tuesday - The almond tree - Jon Stallworthy

Wednesday - Walking away - C. Day-Lewis

Thursday - Mother to son - Langston Hughes

Friday - Digging - Seamus Heaney

Saturday - Taking a chance - Richard Harries

Week 5: Being fully human

Monday - As kingfishers catch fire - Gerard Manley Hopkins

Tuesday - On imagination - Phyllis Wheatley

Wednesday - An Essay on Man - Alexander Pope

Thursday - Eve remembering - Toni Morrison

Friday - One foot in Eden still - Edwin Muir

Saturday - Who am I? - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Holy Week: Death

Monday - When my time come - Khadijah Ibrahiim

Tuesday - The trees are down - Charlotte Mew

Wednesday - The father, the son - Roger McGough

Maundy Thursday - The Dream of the Rood - Early English, anonymous

Good Friday - To the good thief - Saunders Lewis

Holy Saturday - No coward soul is mine - Emily Brontë

Easter and into the new life in Christ

Easter Day - Piers Plowman - William Langland

Monday of Easter Week - Easter - Edmund Spenser

Tuesday of Easter Week - I saw him standing - Ann Griffiths

Wednesday of Easter Week - Easter - George Herbert

Thursday of Easter Week - O Sapientia - Malcolm Guite

Friday of Easter Week - Shadows - D. H. Lawrence

Saturday of Easter Week - Sailing to Byzantium - William Butler Yeats

Second Sunday of Easter - This world is not conclusion - Emily Dickinson

Monday - Signs - Piers Plowright

Tuesday - Little Gidding - T. S. Eliot


Richard Harries is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. After nineteen years as Bishop of Oxford he was made a Life Peer (Lord Harries of Pentregarth) and he remains active in the House of Lords on human rights issues. He is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Divinity and a Visiting Professor of Theology at King’s College, London, where he was formerly Dean. His voice is well known to many through his regular contributions to the Today programme.

Among his many critically acclaimed books are Seeing God in Art (2020), Haunted by Christ (2018), The Beauty and the Horror (2016), The Re-enchantment of Morality (2008), shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize, and Art and the Beauty of God (1993), selected as book of the year by Anthony Burgess in The Observer.


  • Author

    Richard Harries

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    SPCK Publishing

  • Published

    November 2021

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  • Dimensions

    129 x 198 x 12 mm

  • ISBN


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  • Author/Creator: Richard Harries

  • ISBN: 9780281086290

  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing

  • Release Date: November 2021

  • Weight: 209g

  • Dimensions: 129 x 198 x 12 mm

  • Eden Code: 5528114


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