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FRANCIS THOMPSON: “THE HOUND

OF HEAVEN”

An Epic of the Love That Will

Not Let Us Go

FRANCIS THOMPSON: “THE HOUND

OF HEAVEN”

AN EPIC OF THE LOVE THAT WILL NOT LET US GO

“ Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.”

PSALM CXXXIX. 7-12.

If I say,

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?"

St. LUKE XV. 4. HEODORE WATTS DUNTON in his

suggestive essay on “ The Renascence of Wonder” dwells upon the two impulses in the human mind: “ the impulse of acceptance, which takes unchallenged and for granted all the phe

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