Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"What I do is me; for that I came"

A much needed restorative

- 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:
  Deals out that 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 gráce: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is -
  Chríst. 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.

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