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The Hound Of Heaven - Poem by Francis Thompson
A brilliant addicted poet, a tortured soul, writing of the genius, the Godstuff, in us all. We can quest God or negate Him. Job, Jonah, Psalm and Julian share this. The happiness is in the seeking, the misery in the denial. More instant than the Feet -. But, if one little casement parted wide,. Fear wist not to evade, as Love wist to pursue.
I fled Him down the nights and down the days I fled Him down the arches of the years I fled Him down the labyrinthine ways I have loved this poem for years.
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Written in a lofty, dignified style that expresses deep feelings, it is classified as an ode. It first appeared in Poems , a collection of Francis Thompson's works published in Francis Thompson was a devout Roman Catholic who led a tortured life. After abandoning studies to become a priest and later a physician, he drifted and fell into financial hard times. So poverty-stricken was he in London, where he was pursuing a career as a writer, that he sold matches to earn money and borrowed paper on which to write poems.
The poem became famous and was the source of much of Thompson's posthumous reputation. According to Wikipedia:. It is not, however, a poem that most people cannot read without some background Do not be dissuaded from reading it. The name is strange.