One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dublin: Gerard Manley Hopkins' Grave

I had planned to walk or drive here also (the Jesuit plot is a bit out of the city). Didn't get the chance. Apparently G. M. Hopkins lies in an unmarked grave; his name is inscribed at the bottom of this large granite crucifix.

Jesuit plot where Gerard Manley Hopkins lies Pictures, Images and Photos


Pied Beauty
Glory be to God for dappled things –
   For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
      For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
   Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
      And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                                Praise him.
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