This resource has been put together by the Worship Committee to encourage different ways to look at and think about themes over the period of Advent, whether through the medium of poetry, imagery, audio or video of different sorts. We have taken, as a starting point, Bishop Steven Croft’s course on the Beatitudes, and what they might mean for the Church in Oxfordshire.
He boils the whole passage down into three key words, which we will explore over the first three Sundays of Advent. This week’s theme is “Contemplative”.
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The Glance by George Herbert
When first thy sweet and gracious eye
Vouchsaf’d ev’n in the midst of youth and night
To look upon me, who before did lie
Weltring in sinne;
I felt a sugred strange delight,
Passing all cordials made by any art,
Bedew, embalme, and overrunne my heart,
And take it in.
Since that time many a bitter storm
My soul hath felt, ev’n able to destroy,
Had the malicious and ill-meaning harm
His swing and sway:
But still thy sweet originall joy
Sprung from thine eye, did work within my soul,
And surging griefs, when they grew bold, controll,
And got the day.
If thy first glance so powerfull be,
A mirth but open’d and seal’d up again;
What wonders shall we feel, when we shall see
Thy full-ey’d love!
When thou shalt look us out of pain,
And one aspect of thine spend in delight
More then a thousand sunnes disburse in light,
In heav’n above.