Gerard Manley Hopkins quotes

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As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
O if we but knew what we do
When we delve or hew--
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My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,
Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,
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When we hew or delve:
After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.
Ten or twelve, only ten or twelve
Strokes of havoc únselve
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Not, I'll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee:
Towery city and branchy between towers;
Cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmèd, lark-charmèd, rook-racked, river-rounded.
poor Felix Randal;
How far from then forethought of, all thy more boisterous years,
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Felix Randal the farrier, O he is dead then? My duty all is ended,
Who have watched his mould of man, big-boned and hardy-han
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A great work by an Englishman is like a great battle won by England. It is an unfading bay tree.
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