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The Enclosed Garden

The Enclosed Garden
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... Meditations on the Old Testament.
Kaufmann Publishing, hardcover, 176 pages, size 7.2 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches.
Also by Fr. Milward:  
A Commentary on the Sonnets of G.M. Hopkins - paperback
A Lifetime with Hopkins - paperback
A Poem of the New Creation - hardcover

God - hardcover



The Enclosed Garden is at once the centre and the circumference of Holy Scripture. In the centre, in the Song of Songs, the divine Lover compares his human beloved to an enclosed Garden. In the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, the Lord God comes to meet Adam and Eve in the cool of the day. In the end, in the New Jerusalem, God dwells with his people, Christ with his Church. Nor is it only in the middle, the beginning and the end, but in its entirety Holy Scripture is a Garden of the Soul, a Garden in which God delights to be with the Soul. There the Soul encounters God and receives the love of God, as daughter of Jerusalem, daughter of Sion, the Virgin Mary. It was in this Garden that the Soul of Mary was prepared for her divine mission as Mother of the Messiah.


Father Milward is a phenomenon. As one of the world's foremost Shakespeare scholars, he demands respect; as a poet, he deserves the highest praise; as a mystic he desires God in the everyday things of life; and as a biblical scholar he has more than half a century of experience as a Jesuit priest as the wellspring for his theological insights. In this volume, the scholar, the poet and the mystic serve as a triune voice guiding us through the depths and splendours of the Old Testament. Such is the beauty of Father Milward's pilgrimage through scripture that THE ENCLOSED GARDEN can almost be considered a shrine. --Joseph Pearce, biographer, writer-in-residence and associate professor of literature, Ave Maria University

Peter Milward's literary masterpiece, THE ENCLOSED GARDEN, is a sequel to his epical POEM OF THE NEW CREATION. In the form of poetic meditations on the Old Testament, it combines the ideal of Paradise in Solomon's The Song of Songs; with the magnificent poetic magic of the pleasure-dome in Kubla Khan. As the Biblical setting for the contemplative life, so essential for both religious Jews and Christians, THE ENCLOSED GARDEN provides everything that is seriously lacking in the active secular and materialist life of modern Jewish and Christian society. --Dr. Peter J. Stanlis, Distinguished Professor of Humanities Emeritus, Rockford College

About the Author

Peter Milward SJ
Born in London on October 12, 1925, the Year of the Ox, Peter Milward SJ attended the Jesuit school of the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon, and joined the Society of Jesus in 1943. After studies of the Classics and English at Oxford, he arrived in Japan in 1954, and from 1962 onwards has been teaching English with special attention to Shakespeare at Sophia University, Tokyo. Fr. Milward has authored some 350 books, most of them published in Japan. His academic books on Shakespeare and Hopkins have attracted readers in England and America. He now lives in retirement at the age of 87.

Customer Reviews

Average rating from 1 reviews: 4.0
The Enclosed GardenMarvelous book. Fr. Milward's meditations on the Scriptues of the Old Testament gave me much food for thought and, beyond that, many invited me to enter into my own garden and follow little side paths of meditation. Would make a wonderful gift for anyone with a contemplative spirit. Written by Kathy McGlaughlin on Mon 11 Jun 2012 7:35:51 PM GMT
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