Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 16 by John Henry Newman. The Dream of Gerontius by John Henry Newman. Book Cover. Download. Edward Elgar set Newman’s dramatic poem to music as an oratorio in This oratorio, in fact, became the most popular choral work in Britain after Handel’s. The Dream of Gerontius. Cardinal John Henry Newman . I had a dream; yes: someone softly said “He’s gone;” and then a sigh went round the room.
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Dost through the flood thy rapid passage take. He lay a groveling babe upon the ground. All tender, gracious, reverential thoughts.
The Dream of Gerontius
I hear no more the busy beat of time. There, motionless and happy in newmann pain. As the poem comes to an end, the Angel softly releases the Soul of Gerontius, into Purgatory. The chill of death is past, and now The penance-fire begins. Bring us not, Lord, very low: I can no more; for now it comes again, That sense of ruin, which is worse than pain, That masterful negation and collapse Of all that makes me man. For, even in his best estate.
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Soul of Gerontius I went to sleep; and now I am refresh’d, A strange refreshment: And yet wilt have a longing aye to dwell. Josiah rated it liked it Jul 25, Thus will drream be: Is from the demons who assemble there. I shall reclaim it for the courts of light.
He lived, and toiled, and died. Soul Thou speakest mysteries; still methinks I know To disengage the tangle of thy words: Of fragrant, solid, bitter, musical.
The Dream of Gerontius by John Henry Newman
All holy Disciples of the Lord, pray for him. Divide a moment, as men measure time. By sun and moon, primeval ordinances— By stars which rise and set harmoniously— By the recurring seasons, and the swing. There is some fine material in the alternating stanzas of the soul and the Angel. Even to freeze the blood, and choke the life.
All holy Angels, pray for him. You cannot now Cherish a wish which ought not to be wished. To us His elder race He gave. MY soul is in my hand: Who see Thee face to face. I new,an no more the busy beat of time, No, nor my fluttering breath, nor struggling pulse; Nor does one moment differ from the next.
Dream of Gerontius – Christian Classics Ethereal Library
It’s his Angel-guardian who has steered him through life Gerontius is now simply called Soul, no longer a man, nor old. Out of the body: He shriek’d in triumph, and he cried. Or I or it is rushing on the wings Of light or lightning on an onward course, And we e’en now are million miles apart. That Angel best can plead with Him for all Tormented souls, the dying and the dead.
Verontius does nwwman aspire To the heaven above With sordid aim, And not from love. Soul Thou speakest darkly, Angel! Top Contents Works Home. Consumed, yet quickened, by the glance of God. To mould withal and form into a whole.
For that reason he thought Bible religion was not enough. Elgar set it to music as an Oratorio, scoring the part of the Angel-guardian for a soprano voice.