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Vicar on May 31st, 2011

Word from Wormingford Ronald Blythe makes a journey, in Maytime, to Little Gidding “IF YOU came this way,” wrote the poet famously, “. . . you would find the hedges White again, in May, with voluptuary sweetness.” And he was right. It is the feast of Matthias, the otherwise anonymous man chosen to mend the […]

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Vicar on May 23rd, 2011

Ronald Blythe finds happiness in birdsong, and a May morning. THERE are moments when I need not ask for anything, everything being present. Such as listening to the dawn chorus on a May morning, and with the cold air entering the ancient window in thrilling, quiet power. And having gone to sleep with my nightingale […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 20th May, 2011

Vicar on May 16th, 2011

Ronald Blythe enjoys living in the present — unlike his friend “I CANNOT bear it!” laments the old friend. We are waiting in the parked car while the market-day crowd mills around us, packed country buses grind through the ancient streets, stalls are packing up, and the borough arms whip from the town hall mast. […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 13th May 2011

Vicar on May 9th, 2011

Ronald Blythe finds that a diarist can be a man for all seasons SOME writers are as attached to the seasons as certain plants. Or so it seems to me. Charles Dickens to winter; Henry James to summer — “Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 6th May, 2011

Vicar on May 2nd, 2011

Ronald Blythe writes of his affection for the tools of his trade IT IS only St John’s Gospel that credits Pilate with the authorship of the inscription on the Cross, “Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews”. Artists could not get their brushes round this; so they painted INRI — Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum. […]

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