The future King has narrated verses by acclaimed author and Catholic priest Gerard Manley Hopkins. The Prince of Wales, known to love poetry, recorded God’s Grandeur by the leading Victorian poet.
Prince Charles‘s contribution will be played during a virtual service held on Sunday morning at Stonyhurst College, a Catholic boarding school in Lancashire where the poet and cleric taught.
Clarence House, Prince Charles’s office, said: “The Prince of Wales has recorded the Gerard Manley Hopkins Poem, God’s Grandeur, to show support for Christians around the world at Easter.
“Easter is the most important festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion, and Hopkins’s poem captures the hope and joy associated with that season.”
The poem chosen by Prince Charles begins with the lines: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
“It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed.”
Mr Hopkins converted to Catholicism and gave up poetry after deciding to become a priest.
However, between 1875 and 1876, he returned to writing to honour the memory of five nuns who died in a shipwreck.
The 35-stanza ode was called The Wreck of the Deutschland and was published posthumously in 1918.
The Prince of Wales gave a special reading also last Easter.
In 2020, the heir to the throne recorded a reading…