No Worst, There Is None

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

No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief,
  More pangs will, schooled at forepangs, wilder wring.
  Comforter, where, where is your comforting?
 Mary, mother of us, where is your relief?
 My cries heave, herds-long; huddle in a main, a chief{\-}
  Woe, w{'o}rld-sorrow; on an {'a}ge-old {'a}nvil w{'i}nce and s{'i}ng --

  Then lull, then leave off. Fury had shrieked "No ling-
 Ering! Let me be fell: force I must be brief."

 O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall
  Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap
 May who ne'er hung there. Nor does long our small
  Durance deal with that steep or deep. Here! creep,
 Wretch, under a comfort serves in a whirlwind: all
  Life death does end and each day dies with sleep.

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