Manley Hopkins, Gerald - As Kingfishers Catch Fire
Type of Spiritual Experience
One of his beautiful poems, just one of numerous poems he wrote in this condition of angst .
A description of the experience
As Kingfishers Catch Fire - Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844–1889
As kingfishers 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 Whát I dó is me: for that I came.
I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is —
Chríst — 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 ?
The source of the experienceManley Hopkins, Gerald
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His poems can be found on the Internet freely available