Gerard Manley Hopkins



As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame


As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
      As tumbled ovr rim in roundy wells
      Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's
Bow swung finds tongue to fling our broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
      Deals out tha being indoors each one dwells;
      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 grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is--
      Christ. 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.


Gerard Manley Hopkins.