Wednesday, October 30, 2013

As Kingfishers Catch Fire

While I was writing the last post, the poem below came to mind. I was introduced to Hopkins by 
reading Eugene Peterson's Spiritual Theology Series. The enormity of the impact Peterson and Hopkins had on me is incalculable, they definitely paved the way to Eastern Orthodoxy.

One of my favorite poems. Enjoy!

As Kingfishers Catch Fire
by Gerard Manly 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 Whát I dó is me: for that I came.
 
I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: 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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