Poetry written by an Englishman

Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ, to be precise:

As king fishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;

As tumbled over rim in roundy wells

Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s

Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;

Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:

Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;

Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,

Crying What I do is me: for that I came.

I say more: the just man justices;

Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;

Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —

Christ. For Christ plays in ten thousand places,

Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his

To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

Just wanted to post this, just because. Praise to God is what we’re made for. Righting wrongs and fighting evil, corruption, wickedness and stupidity is just part time work. Most of eternity is going to be spent praising God.


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