November 16, 2014

Poem: The Incarnation

'The Annunciation' by Bl. Fra Angelico (1395-1455) - Courtesy Wikipedia

The Incarnation is a translation by Roy Campbell (1901-1957) of a poem by St. John of the Cross (1542-1591). Originally published as Ballad 8 of nine meditations on the Gospels from the Codex of Sanlucar de Barrameda, it is believed to have been initially composed interiorly while undergoing a brutal imprisonment.  The Incarnation is included in the Poems for All Seasons Appendix of the Divine Office (1974).  The complete text can be found here.

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