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Poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins


Ribblesdale


Earth, sweet Earth, sweet landscape, with leavés throng
And louchéd low grass, heaven that dost appeal
To, with no tongue to plead, no heart to feel;
That canst but only be, but dost that long

Thou canst but be, but that thou well dost; strong
Thy plea with him who dealt, nay does now deal,
Thy lovely dale down thus and thus bids reel
Thy river, and oer gives all to rack or wrong.

And what is Earths eye, tongue, or heart else, where
Else, but in dear and dogged man?Ah, the heir
To his own selfbent so bound, so tied to his turn,
To thriftless reave both our rich round world bare
And none reck of world after, this bids wear
Earth brows of such care, care and dear concern. 



Gerard Manley Hopkins


Gerard Manley Hopkins's other poems:
  1. Harry Ploughman
  2. Barnfloor and Winepress
  3. Repeat That, Repeat
  4. Tom's Garland
  5. Strike, Churl


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