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Cardinal Newman's reowned poem describes the death of an old man and the journey of his soul to the judgement seat of God. First published in 1865, is quickly became a best seller in its field, second only in popularity to Tennyson's in Memoriam.
This new edition of the poem marks the bicentenary of Newman's birth in 1801; it also celebrates the centenary of the first performance in 1900 of Elgar's choral masterpiece based on the poem. In addition to a forward by Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham, there is an introduction by Fr Gregory Winteron of the Birmingham Oratory, which Newman founded and where he lived, worked, and preached for more than forty years.