Gerard Manley Hopkins

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

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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