at the United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester
25 February & 4,11,18 March 1998

Four Settings of the Passion

by the Rev’d Dr Cyril Rodd

Exploring the Passion of Jesus Christ as expressed in poetry across the centuries.

  1. Among the Anglo-Saxons:  The Dream of the Rood
  2. Across the North Sea:  The Heliand
  3. To Scotland:  Henryson and Dunbar
  4. Back to England:  Studdart Kennedy, R.S. Thomas and David Gascoyne
Recordings of all four talks are available on the “Internet Archive” web site.
The link above opens (in a new window) a page where you may play or download the recordings.  To play, click the Play button (white triangle) in the player on the right-hand side.  To download the recordings, use the list headed “Audio Files”.  In the column headed “VBR MP3” each number (e.g. 9.4 MB) shows the size of the MP3 file and is a link to it.  Right-click on the link and choose “Save Target As …” to download.
© Copyright of these talks and of the recordings belongs to Dr Rodd.  They are made available on-line for personal, non-commercial use only.

Dr Cyril Rodd is a Methodist minister, preacher and scholar, formerly Lecturer in Religious Studies at Roehampton Institute (now the University of Roehampton) and from 1976 to 2001 Editor of the Expository Times.

  1. The Dream of the Rood translated by Helen Gardner, in Faber Book of Religious Verse, 1972.
  2. The Heliand: The Saxon Gospel: a Translation and Commentary by G. Ronald Murphy, Oxford University Press, 1992.
  3. The Bludy Serk by Robert Henryson, in Oxford Book of English Verse, 1957.
    The Passion of Christ by William Dunbar, in Poetry of the Passion: Studies in Twelve Centuries of English Verse by J.A.W. Bennett, Clarendon, 1982.
  4. The Unutterable Beauty: The Collected Poems of G.A. Studdert Kennedy, Hodder & Stoughton, 1927.
    Collected Poems 1945–90 by R.S. Thomas, J.N. Dent, 1993.
    Selected Poems by David Gascoyne, Enitharmon Press, 1994.

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