Gerard Manley Hopkins

(28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889 / Stratford, Essex)

Quotations

  • ''As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet. As Kingfishers Catch Fire (l. 1). . . Gerard Manley Hopkins. Catherine Phillips, ed. (1986) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''O if we but knew what we do
    When we delve or hew—
    Hack and rack the growing green!
    Since country is so tender
    To touch, her being so slender,
    That, like this sleek and seeing ball
    But a prick will make no eye at all,
    Where we, even where we mean
    To mend her we end her,
    When we hew or delve:
    After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Binsey Poplars, st. 2 (written 1879), published in Poems (1918).
  • ''My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,
    Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,
    All felled, felled, are all felled;
    Of a fresh and following folded rank
    Not spared, not one
    That dandled a sandalled
    Shadow that swam or sank
    On meadow and river and wind-wandering weed-winding bank.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Binsey Poplars, st. 1 (written 1879), published in Poems (1918).
  • ''When we hew or delve:
    After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet. Binsey Poplars, Felled 1879 (l. 18-19). . . Gerard Manley Hopkins. Catherine Phillips, ed. (1986) Oxford University Press.
  • ''My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,
    Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,
    All felled, felled, are all felled;''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet. Binsey Poplars, Felled 1879 (l. 1-3). . . Gerard Manley Hopkins. Catherine Phillips, ed. (1986) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Ten or twelve, only ten or twelve
    Strokes of havoc únselve
    The sweet especial scene,
    Rural scene, a rural scene,
    Sweet especial rural scene.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Binsey Poplars, felled 1879 (written 1879), published in Poems (1918).
  • ''Not, I'll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee:''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet. Carrion Comfort (l. 1). . . Gerard Manley Hopkins. Catherine Phillips, ed. (1986) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Towery city and branchy between towers;
    Cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmèd, lark-charmèd, rook-racked, river-rounded.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Duns Scotus's Oxford, st. 1 (written 1879), published in Poems (1918).
  • ''poor Felix Randal;
    How far from then forethought of, all thy more boisterous years,
    When thou at the random grim forge, powerful amidst peers,
    Didst fettle for the great gray drayhorse his bright and battering
    sandal!''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet. Felix Randal (l. 11-14). . . Gerard Manley Hopkins. Catherine Phillips, ed. (1986) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Felix Randal the farrier, O he is dead then? My duty all is ended,
    Who have watched his mould of man, big-boned and hardy-handsome,
    Pining, pining, till time when reason rambled in it and some
    Fatal four disorders, fleshed there, all contended?''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Felix Randal, Poems (1918).

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Tom's Garland

upon the Unemployed


Tom—garlanded with squat and surly steel
Tom; then Tom’s fallowbootfellow piles pick
By him and rips out rockfire homeforth—sturdy Dick;
Tom Heart-at-ease, Tom Navvy: he is all for his meal
Sure, ’s bed now. Low be it: lustily he his low lot (feel
That ne’er need hunger, Tom; Tom seldom sick,

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