Monday, November 3, 2014

Explanation of the poem, The Hound of Heaven

I am about to post the poem, The Hound of Heaven, and so before I do this, I wanted to have some background of this famous writing.  

This information may help readers to understand why this poem can be an encouragement to those of us who are fervently praying for their wayward family and friends.

The LORD God Almighty is my Hound of Heaven as I wait for waywards to hear His voice.  
Even if you do not understand this writing, you can get the gist of it:  

The LORD never gives up on sinners.

Read on....

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The "Hound of Heaven" is a 182-line poem written 
by English poet Francis Thompson (1859-1907). 
The poem became famous and was the source of much of 
Thompson's posthumous reputation. 
The poem was first published in 
Thompson's first volume of poems in 1893.
It was also an influence on J. R. R. Tolkien
who read it a few years before it was published in 1917.

One of the most loved and possibly one of the more 
difficult Christian poems to read and appreciate, 
"The Hound of Heaven" has been loved for over a century. 
It is not, however, a poem that most people 
cannot read without some background. ... 
Do not be dissuaded from reading it.

The following explanation is offered below:

"The name is strange. 
It startles one at first. 
It is so bold, so new, so fearless. 
It does not attract, rather the reverse. 
But when one reads the poem this strangeness disappears. 
The meaning is understood. 
As the hound follows the hare, never ceasing in its running, 
ever drawing nearer in the chase, with unhurrying and imperturbed pace, 
so does God follow the fleeing soul by His Divine grace. 
And though in sin or in human love, away from God it seeks to hide itself, 
Divine grace follows after, 
unwearyingly follows ever after, 
till the soul feels its pressure forcing it to turn to Him alone 
in that never ending pursuit." 
The Neumann Press Book of Verse, 1988

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