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Poetry, Prayers & Visual Arts

Von Ogden Vogt

Author Von Ogden Vogt (1879-1964) was a master liturgist who excelled at celebrating Life in the liberal religious tradition while serving as the minister of the First Unitarian Church of Chicago. Now available free online is Vogt’s book, Art and Religion.

The Harvard Gallery of Photographs, by Rick Stafford

These photographs by Rick Stafford reflect forty years of his involvement with the Harvard University campus, including time he spent as University Photographer for the Harvard News Office. His work appeared in the Harvard Gazette, the Harvard Magazine, and also in Harvard Business School and various Radcliffe publications. This series features portraits of notable Harvard-related individuals.

Symbols of Power

In this online exhibition of artwork that has previously appeared in the Andover-Harvard Library at the Harvard Divinity School, Herbert Vetter uses colors and geometrical patterns in an attempt to convey a variety of abstract themes and religious thoughts.

Rabindranath Tagore: Poet of Power

This collection of images offers visual presentation of the life of Indian poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, whose writings many in the West came to see as full of inspirational, spiritual power.

Rabindranath Tagore at 150: The Heart of God

In 2011, the world celebrated the 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore’s birth. In honor of this date, Herbert Vetter reissued his collection of 77 of Tagore’s poems. The following series introduces Vetter’s interest in Tagore, and includes several of the poems as edited by Vetter.

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Prayers of Power

Here is an anthology of powerful prayers that were assembled and especially prized by Harvard Square Library’s founding Director, the Rev. Herbert Vetter. The emphasis throughout is on world affirmation and reverence for life. Wherever necessary all these prayers of power have been degenderized, and archaic language is avoided. While the accent falls on twentieth century works from North America, many centuries and many continents are represented in this search for inner ways of making the world whole again. Edited by Herbert F. Vetter in 2009.

Prayers for Today

These prayers were compiled by HSL’s founding director Herbert Vetter in 2004. These celebrations of life are part of our human heritage from Native Americans to Walt Whitman, and adapted here in the language of the 21st century, appearing in gender-neutral, modern language.

Poets of Cambridge

America’s first poet, Anne Bradstreet, once lived in Cambridge. Here are some brief biographies and selected poems of poets since Bradstreet.

Kahlil Gibran and Charles W. Eliot

In 1910, the artist and poet Kahlil Gibran met and drew a picture of Harvard’s President Charles W. Eliot. HSL makes available online an article by Paul M. Wright, editor of the University of Massachusetts Press’s series on “Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book.” The article is notable for its focus on the Harvard President who transformed the college into a prestigious university, and the poet from Lebanon whose works continue to inspire religious liberals today.


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Andrew Delbanco

Andrew Delbanco

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