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Poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins


The Sea and the Skylark


On ear and ear two noises too old to end
Trenchright, the tide that ramps against the shore;
With a flood or a fall, low lull-off or all roar,
Frequenting there while moon shall wear and wend.

Left hand, off land, I hear the lark ascend,
His rash-fresh re-winded new-skeinèd score
In crisps of curl off wild winch whirl, and pour
And pelt music, till none s to spill nor spend.

How these two shame this shallow and frail town!
How ring right out our sordid turbid time,
Being pure! We, lifes pride and cared-for crown,

Have lost that cheer and charm of earths past prime:
Our make and making break, are breaking, down
To mans last dust, drain fast towards mans first slime. 



Gerard Manley Hopkins


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


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