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God’s Grandeur(1918)

Gerard Manley Hopkins

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

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

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