Charlotte Mason wrote six volumes of original poetry published between 1908 and 1914. Entitled The Saviour of the World, these volumes contain more than 1,000 pages of poetry inspired by the text of Holy Scripture. These poetry volumes were incorporated in the core curriculum of the PNEU schools for the upper forms, which corresponds roughly to junior high school and high school in the United States. The subject matter of her poetry volumes generally follows the sequence of readings in The Gospel History, a harmony of the four Gospels developed by C. C. James.
E. A. Parish describes how The Saviour of the World was utilized in Charlotte Mason's schools:
"The six existing volumes are in constant use in the Parents' Union School where the work of the children proves their worth. The passage to be studied is read in the Gospels and then narrated. The children then set to work to understand the passage more fully by comparing the different accounts and by bringing all they know to bear upon it; sometimes the teacher asks questions or points out some new aspect but more often she learns a great deal from the children. When the teacher and the children have found out all they can, the verses referring to it in the Saviour of the World are read by the teacher and narrated by the children."
Charlotte Mason poured her heart into these poetry volumes. W. H. Draper wrote in 1923:
I had good ground for knowing also that to her, more than literature, more even than poetry was Religion itself. This was proved in that work to which she gave much time and effort - the verse paraphrase and comment of much of the Gospel record, and to which she gave the title, The Saviour of the World. Others will write upon and commemorate her system of education. To me let it fall to mention the work dearer to her heart, perhaps, than all the rest. (p. 21)
These poems are presented here for their intrinsic educational and devotional value, as well as for the insight they give us to the spiritual live of Charlotte Mason. [Art Middlekauff, June 2014]
Pdf files and page images of all six books are available at http://charlottemasonpoetry.org/
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The Saviour of the World is made available through the work of volunteers who provided the page images, scanned, typed and continue to proofread. AO would like to thank the following on behalf of the CM community:
Volume 1 - images and typing - Dr. Benjamin Bernier
Volumes 2-4, 6 - images - Art Middlekauff
Volume 5 - images - Gladys Schaefer and Art Middlekauff
Volume 6 - typing - Linda Fern
Volumes 2-5 - typing - PRTyping volunteers at the AO Forum
and Art Middlekauff, who kept this project going and allowed AO to host the final text.
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