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World Poetry Day 2016: Gerald Manly Hopkins - Spring

Nothing is so beautiful as spring -
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring    
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush      
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush      
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.      

What is all this juice and all this joy?      
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,      
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,      
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,      
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning

Source: Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics, 1985)
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