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A timeless, little-known literary classic. As the Black Death
ravaged London in 1608, the theatres closed, many people moved out
of town for safety, and playwrights scrambled to find other outlets
for their talent. While Shakespeare retreated to his hometown of
Stratford, Thomas Dekker wrote Four Birds of Noah's Ark, a book
containing fifty-six prayers for the people of London and all of
England. Dekker's prayers bear witness to his deep faith and
profound understanding of human psychology with a power and
poignancy that few written prayers in English literature achieve.
Bringing this devotional classic back into print for the first time
since 1924, editor Robert Hudson has included a fine introduction,
annotated the prayers, and modernised the language without
sacrificing any of its beauty and simplicity. This lovely book at
once surprises and enchants with its literary voice, devotional
heart, and accessible writing.