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Rabindranath Tagore: Poet of Power at Age 150

By Herbert F. Vetter


My introduction tells a tale, beginning with this poem:

All the black evils in the world have overflowed their banks,
Yet, oarsmen, take your places with the blessing of sorrow in your souls!
Whom do you blame, brother?

Rabindranath Tagore: The Heart of God: Poems

The following are selections from Herbert F. Vetter’s collection of poems by Tagore, The Heart of God

Prayers and Meditations from Gitanjali
By Rabindranath Tagore


You have made me endless, such is Your pleasure. This frail vessel You empty again and again and fill it ever with fresh life.…

Symbols of Power – Preface

by Herbert F. Vetter

© Herbert F. Vetter, 2000

My theological education at the University of Chicago included work with Charles Hartshorne, the notable exemplar of the process oriented philosophy known as panentheism (not pantheism), which is admirably described in the current Encyclopedia Britannica.…

Symbols of Power

Stafford, Rick (1932-)

Rick Stafford has been a part of the Harvard Scene as an employee. He was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1932. His parents were both professional oil painters. As a teenager he did odd jobs on Saturday mornings for Arthur Loveridge, the Curator of the reptile collection at the Museum of Comparative Zoology.…

Rick Stafford, Photographer

The Harvard Gallery of Photographs, by Rick Stafford

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Symbols of Power in Hartshorne: A New World View

Designed by Herbert F. Vetter


January 26, 1962

Dear Mr. Vetter,

Thanks so much for sending me your manuscript. Of course I am deeply moved by your estimate of my work, in relation to your general theme.

Roger Williams: You Make a Path

You make a path, provide a guide

And feed a wilderness;

Your glorious name, while breath remains,

O that I may confess.

Lost many a time, I had no guide,

No house but a hollow tree.

In stormy winter night no fire,

No food, no company.…

David Rhys Williams: Prayers


O God, whose home is the universe and whose universe is also our home: we lift up grateful hearts that the human race dwells together in families and that members of our families dwell together in trust and love.…

Walt Whitman: Prayers


Give me, O God, to sing;
Give me, give him or her I love this quenchless faith,
In your ensemble;
Whatever else witheld, withold not from us
Belief in plan of You enclosed in Time and Space,
Health, peace, salvation universal.…