Renowned nineteenth-century writer John Keble used his wildly popular poetry to spread his theology and love of God throughout the country, and his sermons challenged all of England. “National Apostasy,” included in this text, sparked the religious revival called the Tractarian Movement, also known as the Oxford Movement. John Keble’s potent writing and preaching comes together in The Christian Year, Lyra Innocentium and Other Poems. First published in 1827, The Christian Year remained in print until 1914, and according to Edward Bouverie Pusey, “at the end of the year following his death, the number [of editions] had arisen to 109.” Keble was named chair of poetry at Oxford in 1831, and Keble College was founded in his memory. Today, his poetry survives as hymns, the best known being “New Every Morning Is the Love.”
This volume contains two of his most popular books of poetry, The Christian Year and Lyra Innocentium. This text also includes additional poems and the powerful sermon that began the Tractarian Movement, “National Apostasy,” in which Keble challenges the nation to see the church not as an institution, but as the prophetic voice of God. The Christian Year, Lyra Innocentium, and Other Poems is an excellent devotional, and it’s perfect for students and fans of nineteenth-century poetry, as well as those interested in exploring the way people view the church.
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The most popular volume of verse in the nineteenth century.
—Michael Wheeler, professor of English literature and Victorian scholar, University of Southampton
Keble was one of the most saintly and unselfish men who ever adorned the Church of England, and, though personally shy and retiring, exercised a vast spiritual influence upon his generation.
—John W. Cousin, writer, editor, and biographer
Keble’s greatest contribution to the Oxford Movement and to English Literature.
—Gregory Goodwin, assistant dean of the English department, Tulane University
John Keble (1792–1866) studied at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He became a Fellow of Oriel College at Oxford, and tutored there for several years. In 1815, he was ordained and spent some time as a curate. His publications include Life of Wilson, Bishop of Sodor and Man, and an edition of the Works of That Learned and Judicious Divine, Mr. Richard Hooker. Three biographies have been written of his life by John Taylor Coleridge, Walter Lock, and Georgina Battiscombe.