How weary, Greg, you must have been
defining o’er and o’er again
That which cannot be defined
Beyond the grasp of human mind.

I hold you, brother, o, so dear,
Though we be parted many years,
For kindred souls cross all divides
when in the heart of God they lie.

We shall unite — the church, as one
When Father Time his course is run.
Our eternal privilege then shall be
To sing the praise of One in Three.

 

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NaPoWriMo
Day 11

Today’s prompt is to write in the fashion of Anacreon, a Greek poet who was rather partial to the subject of love and wine, wine and love. Anacreon developed a particular meter for his tipsy, lovey-dovey verse, but Anacreontics in English generally do away with meter-based constraints. Anacreontics might be described as a sort of high-falutin’ drinking song. Today’s challenge is to write about wine-and-love. Of course, you may have no love of wine yourself, in which case you might try an anti-Anacreontic poem.

I chose to try and write in the “pious anacreontic style” of Gregory of Nazianzus (c. 329– 389).

(In 1800 Tom Moore published a collection of erotic anacreontics; Moore speaks of the necessity of catching “the careless facility with which Anacreon appears to have trifled,” as a reason why anacreontics are often tame and worthless. He dwells, moreover, on the absurdity of writing “pious anacreontics,” a feat, however, which was performed by several of the Greek Christian poets, and in particular by Gregory of Nazianzus and John of Damascus.)

There you go, a brief history lesson along with our daily poem.  😉

 

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