The Tears of the Blind Lions.

"When those who love God try to talk about Him, their words are blind lions looking for springs in the desert": First edition of Thomas Merton's The Tears of The Blind Lions

The Tears of the Blind Lions.

MERTON, Thomas.

Item Number: 110592

New York: New Directions, 1949.

First edition of Merton’s early collection of poetry. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

In 1941, aspiring author Thomas Merton decided to give up a promising literary career in New York to enter the Abbey of Gethsemani, a community of monks belonging to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists), the most ascetic Roman Catholic monastic order. From Gethsemani, Merton proceeded to become arguably the most influential American Catholic author of the 20th century. The twenty-seven years he spent in the monastery impelled him into the political arena, where he became, according to Daniel Berrigan, the conscience of the peace movement of the 1960's.

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