I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind…
These are the opening lines of “The Hound of Heaven” by Francis Thompson, one of the finest and most popular Christian poems ever written.
Francis Thompson died in 1907 at the tragically young age of forty-seven. G. K. Chesterton described him as “a great poet” and “the greatest poetic energy since Robert Browning.” Other admirers included Oscar Wilde, who considered Thompson a far greater poet than he could ever be, and J. R. R. Tolkien for whom Thompson was an important formative influence.
You are invited to join Joseph Pearce, Brian Oxley, Greg Bandy and Devin Brown as they discuss their work on Emblem Media’s film documentary of Francis Thompson’s life, shot on location in England, and on Emblem Media’s animated adaptation of Thompson’s “Hound of Heaven”. The evening will also include a showing of both the documentary and the animated adaptation of the poem, as well as an exhibit of Francis Thompson artifacts, including several original handwritten manuscripts. In addition, there will be a display from Brian Oxley’s personal collection of rare Bibles from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
A reception will follow.
For more on Thompson’s life and legacy, read Joseph Pearce’s article “Remembering a Forgotten Poet” from the Imaginative Conservative.