October 01, 2006

Spring and Fall



For Sr. Thomas More, CSJ (Margery Smith), a view and a poem through the windows of Whitby Hall 20 years ago this month!

Spring and Fall

to a young child

MÁRGARÉT, áre you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leáves, líke the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Áh! ás the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you wíll weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It ís the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89). Poems. 1918.

2 Comments:

Blogger Christine said...

beautiful post...fall is my favorite season! :o)

October 01, 2006 8:44 PM  
Blogger Angela Messenger said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Hopkins. Totally, unequivocally brilliant! Gorgeous!

October 02, 2006 12:57 AM  

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