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GerardManley Hopkins : As Kingfishers Catch Fire

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;1
	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:
	Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;2
	Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is me: for that I came.

I say more: the just man justices;
	Keeps gráce: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is—
	Chríst. For Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
	To the Father through the features of men's faces. 

GerardManley Hopkins (1844-1889)	1882?

 
FOOTNOTES
1 i.e. because of their bright colours, they seem like flames; 2 our inner selves
 

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