Robert Hugh Benson

in Crowthorne, Berkshire, The United Kingdom
November 18, 1871

October 19, 1914


Robert Hugh Benson was an Anglican pastor who converted to Catholicism and was received into the Church in 1903. He was ordained priest in 1904. Youngest son of Edward White Benson (Archbishop of Canterbury) and his wife, Mary, and younger brother of Edward Frederic Benson, he was lauded in his own day as one of the leading figures in English literature, having written the notable book Lord of the World.

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Lord of the World

4.08 avg rating — 2,069 ratings — published 1907 — 320 editions
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Come Rack! Come Rope!

4.43 avg rating — 376 ratings — published 1912 — 77 editions
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By What Authority? (English...

4.45 avg rating — 135 ratings — published 1904 — 46 editions
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The Necromancers

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Confessions of a Convert

4.18 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 1907 — 40 editions
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The Dawn of All

4.20 avg rating — 120 ratings — published 1911 — 99 editions
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The King's Achievement

4.28 avg rating — 68 ratings — published 1905 — 51 editions
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Friendship of Christ: Explo...

4.37 avg rating — 87 ratings — published 1912 — 48 editions
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A Mirror Of Shalott: Being ...

4.13 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 1907 — 21 editions
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Paradoxes of Catholicism

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More books by Robert Hugh Benson…
A Halt

Lie still, my soul, the Sun of Grace
Is warm within this garden space
Beneath tall kindly trees.
The quiet light is green and fair;
A fragrance fills the swooning air;
Lie still, and take thine ease.

This silent noon of Jesu's love
Is warm about thee and above-
A tender Lord is He.
Lie still an hour- this place is His
He has a thousand pleasaunces,
And each all fair and fragrant is,
And each is all for thee.

Then, Jesu, for a little space
I rest me in this garden place,
All sweet to scent and sight.
Here, from this high-road scarce withdrawn,
I thrust my hot hands in the lawn
Cool yet with dew of far-off dawn
And saturate with light.

But ah, dear Saviour, human-wise,
I yearn to pierce all mysteries,
To catch Thine Hands and see Thine Eyes
When evening sounds begin.
There, in Thy white Robe, Thou wilt wait
At dusk beside some orchard gate,
And smile to see me come so late,
And, smiling, call me in.”
Robert Hugh Benson

“Friendliness took the place of charity, contentment the place of hope, and knowledge the place of faith.”
Robert Hugh Benson, Lord of the World

“For where men have made the earth that is trodden underfoot, and have largely veiled the heavens themselves, it is but natural that they should think that they have made everything, and that it is they who rule it.”
Robert Hugh Benson, Come Rack! Come Rope!


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2014, 355 pages, AR 4.27
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1946, 152 pages, AR 3.79
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2014, 236 pages, AR 4.26
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1907, 296 pages, AR 3.99

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