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Manley Hopkins, Gerald - The world is changed with the grandeur of God

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From Poems 1877 Gerald Manley Hopkins

The world is changed with the grandeur of God
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed.  Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared smeared with toil;
And wear’s man’s smudge and shares man’s smell; the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs –
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! Bright wings

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Manley Hopkins, Gerald

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