Last week, we talked a little bit about some of the famous Christmas poems that families can share together during the holiday season. Many of these pieces celebrated iconic images associated with Christmas, such as evergreen trees and mistletoe. But what about poems that talk about the religious meaning to the holiday? Religious poetry has been a fixture of culture for centuries, and poets have always been able to find inspiration in discussing their theology and the universe. At this time of year in particular, many poetry lovers seek out religious poetry to help them reflect and connect back to the true “reason for the season.” If you are among these poetry lovers, take our quiz below and see if you can identify some of these famous poems dealing with religion!
1.) “I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land.”
2.) “My hungry soul he fill’d with Good;
He in his bottle put my tears,
My smarting wounds washed in his blood,
And banished thence my Doubts and fears.”
3.) “In Reason’s ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth in a glorious voice;
For ever singing as they shine,
‘The Hand that made us is divine.’”
4.) “Even so, all vital virtue flows
From life’s first fountain, God;
And he who feels, and he who knows,
Doth feel and know from God.”
5.) “To greet with joy the glorious morn,
Which angels welcomed long ago,
When our redeeming Lord was born,
To bring the light of Heaven below.”
Titles and Poets
A.) “By Night When Others Soundly Slept” by Anne Bradstreet
B.) “Music on Christmas Morning” by Anne Bronte
C.) “Jerusalem” by William Blake
D.) “All Things are Full of God” by John Stuart Blackie
E.) “Hymn” by Joseph Addison
Inspired by these pieces? Write your own piece of religious poetry to celebrate the holiday season.
If you like what you write, consider submitting it to our poetry contest and show your work to the world!
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Answer Key: 1C, 2A, 3E, 4D, 5B