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Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 – 1889)


Jesuit priest and English poet whose posthumous, 20th-century fame established him among the finest Victorian poets.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
The widow of an insight lost she lives, with aim
Now known and hand at work now never wrong.
Sweet fire the sire of muse, my soul needs this;
I want the one rapture of an inspiration.
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Felix Randal the farrier, O he is dead then? my duty all 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?
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It seems then that it is not the excellence of any two things (or more) in themselves, but those two things as viewed by the light of each other, that makes beauty.




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Every true poet, I thought, must be original and originality a condition of poetic genius; so that each poet is like a species in nature (not an individuum genericum or specificum) and can never recur. That nothing shd. be old or borrowed however cannot be.
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Natural heart’s ivy, Patience masks
Our ruins of wrecked past purpose.
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I hold with the old-fashioned criticism that Browning is not really a poet, that he has all the gifts but the one needful and the pearls without the string; rather one should say raw nuggets and rough diamonds.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Not, I’ll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee;
Not untwist—slack they may be—these last strands of man
In me or, most weary, cry I can no more. I can;
Can something, hope, wish day come, not choose not to be.
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It kills me to be time’s eunuch and never to beget.
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Lovely the woods, waters, meadows, combes, vales,
All the air things wear that build this world of Wales.
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He is so great that all things give him glory if you mean they should. So then, my brethren, live.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.
What hours, O what black hoürs we have spent
This night!




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Abel is Cain's brother and breasts they have sucked the same.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.
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I consider my selfbeing ... that taste of myself, of I and me above and in all things, which is more distinctive than the taste of ale or alum, more distinctive than the smell of walnutleaf or camphor, and is incommunicable by any means to another man.
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Our Lord Jesus Christ, my brethren, is our hero, a hero all the world wants.
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For myself I make no secret, I look forward with eager desire to seeing the matchless beauty of Christ’s body in the heavenly light.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Ask of her, the mighty mother:
Her reply puts this other
Question: What is Spring?—
Growth in everything.
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I am surprised you should say fancy and aesthetic tastes have led me to my present state of mind: these would be better satisfied in the Church of England, for bad taste is always meeting one in the accessories of Catholicism.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Any day, any minute we bless God for our being or for anything, for food, for sunlight, we do and are what we were meant for, made for — things that give and mean to give God glory.
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You do not mean by mystery what a Catholic does. You mean an interesting uncertainty: the uncertainty ceasing, interest ceases also... But a Catholic by mystery means an incomprehensible certainty: without certainty, without formulation there is no interest;... the clearer the formulation the greater the interest.


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