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GerardManley Hopkins : That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection

Cloud-puffball1, torn tufts, tossed pillows | flaunt 
	forth, then chevy on an air-
built thoroughfare: heaven-roysterers, in gay-gangs | 
	they throng; they glitter in marches.
Down roughcast2, down dazzling whitewash, | 
	wherever an elm arches,
Shivelights and shadowtackle in long | lashes lace, 
	lance, and pair.
Delightfully the bright wind boisterous | ropes, 
	wrestles, beats earth bare
Of yestertempest's creases; | in pool and rutpeel
	parches
Squandering ooze to squeezed | dough, crust, dust; 
	stanches, starches
Squadroned masks and manmarks | treadmire toil
	there
Footfretted in it. Million-fuelèd, | nature's bonfire
	burns on.
But quench her bonniest, dearest | to her, her clearest-
	selvèd spark
Man, how fast his firedint, | his mark on mind, is 
	gone!
Both are in an unfathomable, all is in an enormous
	dark
Drowned. O pity and indig | nation! Manshape, that
	shone
Sheer off, disseveral, a star, | death blots black out; nor
	mark 
	Is any of him at all so stark
But vastness blurs and time | beats level. Enough! the
	Resurrection,
A heart's-clarion! Away grief's gasping, | joyless days,
	dejection.
	Across my floundering deck shone
A beacon, an eternal beam. | Flesh fade, and mortal
	trash
Fall to the residuary worm; | world's wildfire, leave
	but ash:
	In a flash, at a trumpet crash,
I am at once what Christ is, | since he was what I am,
	and
This Jack3, joke, poor potsherd, | patch, matchwood, 
	immortal diamond,
	Is immortal diamond. 

GerardManley Hopkins (1844-1889)	1888

 
FOOTNOTES
1 Heraclitus who lived circa 500 B.C. was a philosopher whose principal doctrine was that everything came from fire and was in a constant state of change; 2 plaster used on outside walls; 3 this fellow
 

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