Treasure Island

Gerard Manley Hopkins

(28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889 / Stratford, Essex)

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Moonless darkness stands between


Moonless darkness stands between.
Past, the Past, no more be seen!
But the Bethlehem-star may lead me
To the sight of Him Who freed me
From the self that I have been.
Make me pure, Lord: Thou art holy;
Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly;
Now beginning, and alway:
Now begin, on Christmas day.

Submitted: Tuesday, November 25, 2003

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/2/2014 1:36:00 AM)

    ......a perfect poem for the holiday season...but actually it is more perfect for the whole year long.. (Report) Reply

  • Mark Jensen (1/2/2013 2:28:00 AM)

    Very tight poem, expressing an intense devotion humbly yet eloquently (and it's not easy to use thou art and thou wert and still sound natural) . Hopkins is a master, and this poem is delightful to contemplate. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Poewhit (1/2/2010 7:14:00 AM)

    Seems Hopkins is inwardly seeking the perfection of GOD. Shirking vanities and looking for the light. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (1/2/2010 6:50:00 AM)

    Catholic theology expressed with a poet’s special gifts, but material interest only to Catholics. (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm (1/2/2010 12:59:00 AM)

    The poet's heart shines through this prayerful verse and G.M. Hopkins was in his short life a master of the arresting phrase..... being a priest he saw the world in terms of creative conflict at times with his God. This piece is a good example of his strength as a writer. (Report) Reply

  • Christina Green (1/2/2008 1:31:00 PM)

    Oh wow. This is a(n) very interesting poem. I really like it. I jope to read more poems like that. -smiles- (Report) Reply

  • Eddie Loughran (1/2/2007 4:39:00 AM)

    I like this!
    Does anyone know anything about it? It feels to me more like a song, except its too short. (Report) Reply

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