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Word From Wormingford

Richard on May 12th, 2017

Ronald Blythe talks to Paul Handley of the Church Times about a long literary innings AFTER more than 24 years, 1250 columns, and three-quarters-of-a-million words, Ronald Blythe is retiring from his weekly Word from Wormingford. He has recovered from a recent illness, and is generally fit and well; but delivering his copy, week in, week out, […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

Ronald Blythe pays tribute to George Herbert’s love of proverbs and botany THE greatest poet of the Church of England, George Herbert, loved proverbs. A cake and its contents must be broken. Love and a cough cannot be hid. Everyone stretches his legs according to his coverlet. Of all smells, bread; of all tastes, salt. Milk […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

Ronald Blythe thinks of lamps, and the light that friendship brings “ENDLESS noon-day, glorious noon-day From the Sun of suns is there.” Thomas à Kempis was a German monk who came from a poor village family near Cologne, and belonged to an order called the Brethren of the Common Life. His life was dedicated to imitat­ing […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

To think of small things is the work of a writer, says Ronald Blythe IT IS April in January. The snow­drops by the stream are mere slivers of green and white, but in a week or two’s time they will flood below the greengage trees. Now and then, I will give visitors a spadeful of them. […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford 3 February 2017

Richard on February 25th, 2017

A costly resin reminds Ronald Blythe of smells from his childhood “BRIGHTEST and best of the sons of the morning”, we sing, and the pale Epiphany sun shines on us. Reginald Heber was part-Cheshire and part-Oriental, and his hymn fills the church. A little file of myrrh from the forest lies among the debris of the kitchen […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford 27 January 2017

Richard on February 25th, 2017

A funeral leads Ronald Blythe to reflect on our mortality I AM sure that you will have noticed how, when we are in church — or, indeed, when we are alone — we continually dwell on some things, and never on others, if we can help it. It is not always that certain subjects are too painful […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

Jesus had no interest in Jewish family trees, says Ronald Blythe THERE is a second child in the Epi­phany story, which is why it is used to celebrate the first child’s baptism — but only when he was grown up. That Jesus should accept baptism shocked his cousin, John. John was preaching national re­­newal down by […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford 13 January 2017

Richard on February 25th, 2017

Ronald Blythe says farewell to a friend from the past THE Epiphany is when Christ is shown to the world. He gleams in the January half-light. And harpists sing a new song. On my ancient mantel­piece, a porcelain carpenter carries his tools and makes for Egypt and safety, his pregnant wife riding side-saddle on a donkey. […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

Ronald Blythe recalls Christmases spent in Cornwall, years ago MY OLD friend Charles Causley used to show me “his” Cornwall at Christmastime, when we took the long train journey from Suffolk to Launceston. He taught in a school where he had been a pupil, and was ungrudgingly fixed to this spot all his life, having to […]

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Richard on December 17th, 2016

One of Jesus’s stories says everything about God’s love, declares Ronald Blythe WE SHALL most come to life in Advent hymns, which place our dread and delight side by side in words and tunes which help to rationalise, or poeticise, a theology that we find hard to bear. “Wake, O wake! with tidings thrilling,” for example, […]

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