The feature Hugh’s Journals has appeared here on Sundays. For some basic background on Rev. Hugh Bebb Jones and his notebooks click here.
As a preacher, Hugh learned two things that all preachers soon discover: you need to find inspiration where you can, and language changes with read-context.
For that reason, a preacher is always open to words and ideas and images that will help his/her congregation “connect” with the gospel. This is, after all, what Jesus did when he told parables.
A preacher is also keenly aware that some things are written to be read out-loud while others sound better read inwardly, in one’s inner voice. In both cases, language become a dance. Words need to fit reader and reader needs to fit language. This is a lesson poets learn also.
Here is an example of how Hugh knew that from the pulpit, lines he had seen once at a hotel in Aberfoyle, UK, excerpted from an Adam Lindsay Gordon poem, would by necessity need to be “tweaked” a bit to get Hugh’s spoken cadence right.
I will let you judge the result for yourself.