Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | April 5, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: As Kingfishers Catch Fire

by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 – 1889).


As Kingfishers Catch Fire (1877)


As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dráw fláme;

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:                                    5

Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;

Selves – goes itself; myself it speak and spells,

Crying Whát I do is me: for thatI came.


Í say móre: the just man justices;

Kéeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;                                        10

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

Chríst – for Christ play in ten thousand places,

Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his

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



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