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«  Sheep May Safely Graze  »

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16.12.2017


Sheep May Safely Graze

The Broadview Anthology of Poetry (edited by Herbert Rosengarten and Amanda Goldrick-Jones, 2008) adds an interesting footnote to Reed's "Judging Distances." The lines:
         Things only appear to be things.

A barn is not called a barn, to put it more plainly,
Or a field in the distance, where sheep may
                                                      be safely grazing
1
[42-44]
have the following note:
1 Sheep ... grazing An allusion to the Christmas anthem "Sheep May Safely Graze," by J.S. Bach.
[p. 569]
I never made that connection, before. The Bach piece in question is "Schafe können sicher weiden" (I'm sure you know):


The aria, translated from the German:
Sheep may safely graze
Where a good shepherd keeps watch.
     Where rulers govern well,
     One can sense both peace and calm
     And all that makes a land content.

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What is Henry Reed's first name?

1513. Hodge, Alan. "Thunder on the Right." Tribune (London), 14 June 1946, 15.
Hodge finds 'dry charm as well as quiet wit' in "Judging Distances," but overall feels Reed is 'diffuse and not sufficiently accomplished.'



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Reed, Henry (1914-1986). Born: Birmingham, England, 22 February 1914; died: London, 8 December 1986.

Education: MA, University of Birmingham, 1936. Served: RAOC, 1941-42; Foreign Office, Bletchley Park, 1942-1945. Freelance writer: BBC Features Department, 1945-1980.

Author of: A Map of Verona: Poems (1946)
The Novel Since 1939 (1946)
Moby Dick: A Play for Radio from Herman Melville's Novel (1947)
Lessons of the War (1970)
Hilda Tablet and Others: Four Pieces for Radio (1971)
The Streets of Pompeii and Other Plays for Radio (1971)
Collected Poems (1991, 2007)
The Auction Sale (2006)


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