I may have to lose my identity as a non-poetry person. This Lent, we are having a series of long readings from the King James Version of the Bible (in honour of the 400th anniversary), with Prayer Book Collects and appropriate music, followed by lunch. The sessions go from Creation to The Last Things.
I did the first set of readings yesterday, and the language took over. I’m not really a great fan of the KJV, as I like to have an accurate text in accessible language to ponder. But I have to say, there was something almost musical about the words, which I surrendered to without troubling too much about the sense.
“And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit whose seed was in itself after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
And then John’s gospel ch. 1:16 –
“And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.”
I made the mistake of glancing at that verse in NRSV and now I’m carefully forgetting it, because it made it smaller somehow. The crucial thing seems to be hearing the words out loud. Am I at this late stage learning how to ‘read’?