The Hardest Part

G.A. Studdert Kennedy,
ed. Thomas O’Loughlin and Stuart Bell
ISBN: 978-0-334-05656-0
Price: £25.00
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Year: 2018
Publisher: SCM Press

Waste of Muscle, waste of Brain,
Waste of Patience, waste of Pain,
Waste of Manhood, waste of Health,
Waste of Beauty, waste of Wealth,
Waste of Blood, and waste of Tears,
Waste of Youth’s most precious years,
Waste of ways the saints have trod,
Waste of Glory, waste of God, –
War!

This short poem1, very powerful and blunt, is by Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, better known as ‘Woodbine Willie’, probably the best known British army chaplain of the First World War. Professor Tom O’Loughlin and Dr Stuart Bell have produced a fine new annotated edition of Studdert Kennedy’s prose work, The Hardest Part, his theological reflections drawing on his ministry as a chaplain originally published at the end of the war

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