AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE - Gerard Manley Hopkins Poems

 
 

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AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE

As king fishers 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 grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is --
   Christ. 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.