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God's Grandeur

Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844 (Stratford, London) – 1889 (Dublin)

The world is charged 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 wears man's smudge |&| 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 |&| with ah! bright wings.

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