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The Hound Of Heaven

Rating: 3.7
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
Of my own mind, and in the midst of tears
I hid from him, and under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped and shot precipitated
Adown titanic glooms of chasme d hears
From those strong feet that followed, followed after
But with unhurrying chase and unperturbe d pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
They beat, and a Voice beat,
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the robot reader 08 October 2020
let me out of here! ! !
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Marguerite Diane Browne 02 August 2020
I finally found this poem, having done it in sixth form I read it again now and wonder if it was suitable for sixth form. (I was then in a British colonial country, Jamaica, so who knows) . However, in spite of now thinking that it might not have been suitable, I have remembered the title over all these years and that something from that poem became part of my philosophy of life. I'm in my seventies. The teacher must therefore have been very good. No, she was not British; she was Jamaican.
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Marie Allan 28 June 2020
I love this poem and its themes. However the reading posted at the top is not very good at all. It doesn’t follow the syntax and doesn’t know how to read the words with stressed syllables. Should be removed.
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Nina Graham 15 May 2020
I thank you for the poem first of all I love the way he describe the mythfors of the poem
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the dog 16 February 2020
not relevant and my teacher made me read this stupid bull
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Marie 05 March 2021
I hope you find relevance and kindness somewhere somewhere on your life's journey Mr.Bull. The years fly pass by so very quickly and it is wise to pass them with an open eyes and an open heart
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Jim White 09 December 2019
This is the story of the pursuit of Divine Love. It belongs to no one religion or belief. I believe there is a surrender that happens somewhere along the way and then " of that long pursuit, comes at hand the bruit" . I had this experience. All we see is made of the particles of love, and it's a love unlike any human love we normally know, no matter how powerful.
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Ann Logan 25 September 2018
I have loved this poem for years. It makes me think of the 139th Psalm which I also love - maybe the best of all the Psalms. They remind me of Fulton Sheen's line, None of us was born with a complete heart. God kept a part of each of our hearts until.....we are reunited with him in eternity.
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Franklin 03 April 2018
If the poet was talking about Jesus God Almighty, why didn't he mention His Name?
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Jeff Craft 09 August 2019
Wanted to make the reader think rather than smashing them over the head with it?
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Lynda Hickman 23 May 2016
How is it that Thompson mentions a down Titanic when he died in 1907 but the Titanic didn't sink until 1912?
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B Lassie 05 February 2018
Notice that the word titanic is not capitalized. It is referring to something of exceptional power, strength, or size. It is not referring to the sailing vessel.
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Ray Subrata Ray 24 February 2014
The Hound of Heaven is a poem on profound devotion and burning anguish.The vagabond poet is a psychic traveler in the abstract realm of God, and God realization is his only concern.With frantic poignancy the devotee in the poet seeks the 'deliberate speed' and reduces himself into an withering haggard.
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