Monday, November 28, 2011

A sleep of prisoners

Emailled to my contacts on 24 Nov.11

Many of you will be familiar with Christopher Fry's wonderful poem, A Sleep of Prisoners, but may not be so familiar with the equally wonderful play from which the poem derives. You are invited to join Vanessa Underwood's initiative to read passages from the play in preparation for the Holy Nights.

'The longest stride of soul'
An exploration and reading of Christopher Fry's 'A Sleep of Prisoners' is proposed to run for six sessions starting Sunday 27th November. The work will act as preparation for the Holy Nights, for on 4th January a presentation consisting of introductory thoughts and prepared passages from the play will be led by Vanessa Underwood.

Please feel free to join us for the preparation even if you may not be here for the Holy Nights.

Dates: Sundays 27 Nov, 4 Dec, 11 Dec and
Weds. 30 Nov, Weds.7 Dec, Thurs.15 Dec Time: 3.30pm - 5.

Please register your interest with Vanessa

A SLEEP OF PRISONERS
Dark and cold we may be, but this
Is no winter now. The frozen misery
Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move;
The thunder is the thunder of the floes,
The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.
Thank God our time is now when wrong
Comes up to face us everywhere,
Never to leave us till we take
The longest stride of soul we ever took.
Affairs are now soul size.
The enterprise
Is exploration into God.
Where are you making for? It takes
So many thousand years to wake,
But will you wake for pity's sake!

-- Christopher Fry

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