Friday, February 7, 2014

"Yes I can tell such a key, I do know such a place"

Because I have been making my way through the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, our Friday traditio for today is Richard Burton reading the poems "The Leaden Echo" and "The Golden Echo," known together as "Maidens' song from St. Winefred's Well."

St Winefride's Well (often spelled "Winifred's"), located in Holywell, Flintshire, North Wales

Fr Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ was always disturbed by inner turmoil. This turmoil welled up within him because of his self-perceived inability to deliver himself wholly to God. Hence, his poetry, which he never gave permission during his lifetime to be published, often expressed his deep dissatisfaction.

Be beginning; since, no, nothing can be done
To keep at bay
Age and age’s evils, hoar hair,
Ruck and wrinkle, drooping, dying, death’s worst, winding sheets, tombs and worms and tumbling to decay

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