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God Speaks : Religious Poetry by Charles Peguy ; translation and introduction by Julian Green

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New York : Pantheon, 1950. Second printing. Hardcover. 82 pages ; 21 cm. Price-clipped dust jacket with a lot of damp stains to it. Previous owner name on the front free endpaper. No other markings within this book. Binding is firm.

Translation by Julian Green

Péguy's poetry ranks unquestionably with the greatest and profound religious poetry of all time. It is simple and directs in no sense obscure or difficult, and is suffused with a delightful humor. The poems in this. volume, in which God the Father speaks in language as majestic and simple as the Gospels, have been reprinted from the two bilingual prose and poetry anthologies BASIC VERITIES and MEN AND SAINTS, in order to make Péguy accessible to the wide audience he merits.

N. Y. Times: Péguy prayed, and wrote, some of the most inspired prayers in any language -and performed the miracle of introducing a character who has often chastised the ambitious writers who -attempted to portray Him: God in person. In simple and familiar language, in which dignity is tempered by humor, God addresses Christ, His Saints and human creatures. The lofty beauty and the naive naturalness of this religious poetry have seldom been equaled.

Kenyon Review: It would be hard to get enough of such exalted vision and such translations

Orate Fratres: The incomparable poems of Péguy, with a simplicity and homeliness of phrase that achieves majesty unexcelled by the users of fine phrases -and that has been compared with the majesty and beauty of the chant.

Christendom: A really great ''natural," to have missed whom would be something like failing to observe a new planet.