Great poetry for Christmas: Robert Southwell, “New Heaven, New War”

Robert Southwell (1561-1595) was a Jesuit priest active in England who was accused of treason, imprisoned, tortured, and executed for his connections to the Church in Rome during the reign of Elizabeth I. This little babe, so few days old,Is come to rifle Satan’s fold;All hell doth at his presence quake.Though he himself for cold … Continue reading Great poetry for Christmas: Robert Southwell, “New Heaven, New War”

A Black Country Nativity (Michael Prescott, 1968)

The following was originally published in the British Regional newspaper, The Express & Star, in 1968, by Michael Prescott, a Sunday School teacher who had moved to England's Black Country region, and was taken by the region's dialect.  He had his students tell Bible stories in their own words, and recorded them as follows: There was … Continue reading A Black Country Nativity (Michael Prescott, 1968)