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December 18, 2017

Quotations by Gerard Manley Hopkins


GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS, VICTORIAN POET, WHOSE POETRY REVOLVES AROUND RELIGION, NATURE, AND MELANCHOLY.

“O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed.” ~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief

“The best ideal is the true
And other truth is none.
All glory be ascribed to
The holy Three in One.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Summa

“All the world is full of inscape and chance left free to act falls into an order as well as purpose.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Journal (24 February 1873)

“A great work by an Englishman is like a great battle won by England. It is an unfading bay tree.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Letter to Robert Bridges (13 October 1886)

“Gather gladness from the skies;
Take a lesson from the ground;
Flowers do ope their heavenward eyes
And a Spring-time joy have found;
Earth throws Winter's robes away,
Decks herself for Easter Day.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Easter

“Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Wreck of the Deutschland

“O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall
Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief

“Hope had grown grey hairs,
Hope had mourning on,
Trenched with tears, carved with cares,
Hope was twelve hours gone.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins,The Wreck of the Deutschland

“ELECTED Silence, sing to me
And beat upon my whorlèd ear,
Pipe me to pastures still and be
The music that I care to hear.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Habit of Perfection

“And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, God's Grandeur

“Nothing is so beautiful as Spring-
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring

“I have desired to go
Where springs not fail,
To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail
And a few lilies blow.
And I have asked to be
Where no storms come,
Where the green swell is in the havens dumb,
And out of the swing of the sea.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Heaven-Haven

“What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Inversnaid

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