Moonless Darkness Stands Between Poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Moonless Darkness Stands Between

Rating: 3.4


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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Kevin Straw 02 January 2010

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

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Fay Slimm 02 January 2010

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.

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Ramesh T A 02 January 2010

Nice way of invocation to overcome oblivion!

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Eddie Loughran 02 January 2007

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

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well, I believe it is a beautiful prayer, rather than a song...Although it's short it tells so much...

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M Asim Nehal 03 December 2016

Darkness and moonless night, nicely used as metaphors.

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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 02 January 2015

A great tribute to the god

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Bernard Snyder 02 January 2014

A nice tribute to the almighty!

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Bernard Snyder 02 January 2014

A nice tribute to the almighty!

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Mark Jensen 02 January 2013

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.

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