Gerard Manley Hopkins

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

The Lantern Out Of Doors - Poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Sometimes a lantern moves along the night,
That interests our eyes. And who goes there?
I think; where from and bound, I wonder, where,
With, all down darkness wide, his wading light?

Men go by me whom either beauty bright
In mould or mind or what not else makes rare:
They rain against our much-thick and marsh air
Rich beams, till death or distance buys them quite.

Death or distance soon consumes them: wind
What most I may eye after, be in at the end
I cannot, and out of sight is out of mind.

Christ minds: Christ’s interest, what to avow or amend
There, éyes them, heart wánts, care haúnts, foot fóllows kínd,
Their ránsom, théir rescue, ánd first, fást, last friénd.


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  • (5/15/2017 7:24:00 AM)


    A delight to read, strangely wonderfully reassuring. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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