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Subject Index - Faith and Religion

The Rebel Angels being cast out of Heaven

This particular categrory is at once the easiest and the most difficult to describe. The main difficulties are that it is a personal and heartfelt subject for most of the world (and likewise, all of the included poets), and therefore one in which I must tread lightly, and that a major shortcoming of the collection is that the devotional contents are focused almost entirely on Christianity.

That is not intended to send any message other than that, since this database is primarily in English, and the timeframe it covers is limited by copyright, what has been donated and what was available in the public domain simply is what it is. If you have the time and inclination to help us supplement with other materials and provenance, and translation where needed, and have expertise in the area, your assistance would be warmly welcomed.

That being said, we must also acknowledge that, particlarly among English poets, some of the contributions here are by significant religious figures. John Donne is a notable example.

Among the best examples included here might be the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, whose poetry was popularized by his good friend Robert Bridges. Bridges became Poet Laureate

For simplicity, I have always liked Christina Rossetti's conversation with God in Up-Hill.

Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable.
- Carl Sandburg

  1. Ode by Joseph Addison
    Th'unwearied sun from day to day
    Does his Creator's pow'r display,

  2. Nearer My God to Thee by Sarah Flower Adams

  3. No Coward Soul Is Mine by Emily Bronte

  4. John Donne
  5. 'There Is No God,' the Wicked Saith by Arthur Hugh Clough

  6. Frost at Midnight by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Thoughts to a child on what his life will hold.

  7. Olney Hymns by William Cowper

  8. Chartless by Emily Dickinson

  9. Death Be Not Proud by John Donne
    Death's power is shown to be empty.

  10. Batter my heart, three-personed God by John Donne

  11. He Is Our Peace by William Byron Forbush

  12. The Collar by George Herbert
    On going one's own way

  13. Christina Rossetti
  14. The Flower by George Herbert

  15. The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes
    Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul

  16. Thou Art Indeed Just, O Lord by Gerard Manley Hopkins

  17. God's Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins

  18. Doors of the Temple by Aldous Huxley
    On worshipping God, not the gates that lead to His house.

  19. Amazing Grace by John Newton

  20. The Dying Christian To His Soul by Alexander Pope

  21. Up-Hill by Christina Rossetti

  22. The Burning Babe by Robert Southwell

  23. The New Birth by Jones Very
    Comparing the old life to the new.

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