The Kingfishers Catch Fire

3 Aug

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As Kingfishers Catch Fire

By. Gerard Manley Hopkins

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;

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:

Deal out that being indoors each one dwells;

Selves – goes itself; myself it 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 plans in ten thousand places,

Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his

To the Father the features of men’s faces.


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