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Poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins


Harry Ploughman


Hard as hurdle arms, with a broth of goldish flue
Breathed round; the rack of ribs; the scooped flank; lank
Rope-over thigh; knee-nave; and barrelled shank
	⁠Head and foot, shoulder and shank
By a grey eye's heed steered well, one crew, fall to;
Stand at stress. Each limb's barrowy brawn, his thew
That onewhere curded, onewhere sucked or sank
⁠	Soared or sank,
Though as a beechbole firm, finds his, as at a rollcall, rank
And features, in flesh, what deed he each must do
⁠	His sinew-service where do.


He leans to it, Harry bends, look. Back, elbow, and liquid waist
In him, all quail to the wallowing o' the plough: 's cheek crimsons; curls
Wag or crossbridle, in a wind lifted, windlaced
	⁠See his wind- lilylocks -laced;
Churlsgrace, too, child of Amansstrength, how it hangs or hurls
Thembroad in bluff hide his frowning feet lashed! raced
With, along them, cragiron under and cold furls
	⁠With-a-fountain's shining-shot furls.



Gerard Manley Hopkins


Gerard Manley Hopkins's other poems:
  1. Strike, Churl
  2. Barnfloor and Winepress
  3. Ribblesdale
  4. On the Portrait of Two Beautiful Young People
  5. What Shall I Do For The Land That Bred Me


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